Edward Walter Collies

March 31, 1930 - March 08, 2023


Obituary For Edward Walter Collies

MADISON – Edward Walter Collies, age 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 after a brief illness. Ed was born on March 31, 1930 in Reedsburg, WI to Edward and Emma (Hasse) Collies. He grew up on the family farm, the oldest of eleven children. He was drafted into the US Army from 1952 until 1954. Upon returning, he moved to Madison and worked at Oscar Mayer for 30+ years. Ed was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran’s dart ball team. He enjoyed watching the Badgers, Brewers, and Packers play, fishing at Chippewa Flowage, and spending time up at Green Lake campground with his family.

Ed is survived by his son, Rick (Cathy hilsenhoff); grandchildren, Ryne, E.J., Connor, and Caitlin; siblings, Robert, Paul (Joyce), Helen LaRiviere, Harold (Kathy), Ruth (Jim) Gallagher, and Marie Woodruff; sister-in-law, Pam Falk; mother of his children, Karen Pantaleo; and ex-sister-in-law, Lylett Smith. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Ed is preceded in death by his parents; children, Judy and Edward; siblings, Gerhardt, Margaret Tverburg, Esther Faivre, and Milda Ewing.

A burial service will be held in August of 2023 at Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona, WI.

A special thanks to Agrace Hospice and the nursing staff at Cedarhurst of Madison for their care and support. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Avenue 608-249-8257

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  • May 26, 2023

    Rick--I like times spent with your dad. He had a great wit and fun sense of humor. My fishing trip to Canada with him and the guys brings many fun memories. He was always very nice to all of us. Peace for you and Cathy.

  • March 21, 2023

    Rick and family so sorry for your loss. I have nothing but great memories of your dad hanging around with your brother and on several fishing trips where your dad always was the main entertainment. He was always making jokes about something or someone. Take care Jim and Jennifer Rortvedt

  • March 14, 2023

    Rick and family - I will always remember Uncle Ed for the good, kind man that he was. He was so helpful when Dad was sick. May he rest in peace. Love and hugs to all of you. Lori (Thomm) Hustad

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