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Michael A. Collard

Michael A. Collard Michael A. Collard

Michael Anthony Collard Sr., age 58, New Salisbury, Ind., passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Mike was born in Louisville, Ky., on March 12, 1962, to Charles and Betty Shanks Collard. He married Johnna Hoehn Collard on May 25, 2012.

Mike was a veteran of the United States Navy, earning the rank of chief petty officer, engineman chief. He proudly served his country for 20 years. Mike served in the Gulf Wars and as a member of the honor guard as the last beam was hoisted from the Twin Towers. He and Johnna enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing, camping, boating and completing outdoor projects.

Mike is preceded in death by his father; brother, Wayne Collard; and daughter, Sara Collard.

He is survived by his mother, Betty Lou Collard; wife, Johnna Collard; four sons, Michael Anthony Collard Jr. (Tabitha), Travis Collard, Joshua Yocum (Autumn) and Shawn Yocum (Amanda); three daughters, Tabitha Collard (Danny), Michelene English (Kademe) and April Yocum; five brothers, Kenny Collard (Jennifer), Neil Collard (Tammy), Jeff Collard (Loni), Bryan Collard (Connie) and Richard Collard (Robin); three sisters, Rose Strychacz (Mark), Lavinia Arms (Glenn) and Rebecca Collard; 17 grandchildren; and  many cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as several loving brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at Love Funeral Home in Palmyra, Ind. Visitation will be held on the same day from 10 a.m. until time of service. Due to COVID restrictions, visitation attendance is limited to 25 people at a time. A live feed of the services will stream on the Love Funeral Home Facebook page starting at 1 p.m. Interment, with military honors, will be at Mount Zion in Depauw, Ind.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mike’s memory for funeral expenses in c/o Johnna Collard, 1815 Dogwood Drive NE, New Salisbury, IN 47161.