Larry L. Collins

February 18, 1934 - February 29, 2024


Obituary For Larry L. Collins

Madison – Larry L. Collins was born at home in Westfield, Wisconsin to Chester Lee Collins and Evelyn Grace (Dewar) Collins on February 18, 1934.

He attended Westfield Grade School and Westfield Union Free High School where he participated in baseball, football, basketball, and track. Larry excelled in track and was inducted into the Westfield Sports Hall of Fame in 2023.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Stevens Point State Teacher’s College (Now UW Stevens Point) Larry was hired to teach for the public schools in Madison, Wisconsin. After teaching for about six weeks, he was drafted into the Army. When he was honorably discharged Larry returned to Madison to continue working as a teacher and later as a middle school counselor with his master’s degree from UW Madison. He served the Madison Public Schools for over 30 years.

On August 12, 1951, Larry married Mary (Peg) Margaret McCormick. They enjoyed 62.5 years together. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, telling jokes, playing cards, family trips to Florida, playing craps and for many years, coaching his sons’ sports teams. He was an avid fan of the Memorial High School boys’ basketball team where his son is the varsity coach. Larry was also a loyal cubs fan his entire life, but also followed the Bucks and Packers. His favorite times were spent with his family. Larry and Peg were founding members of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Larry passed away at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge Meadows on February 29th at the age of 90. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the Oakwood Village workers, Hospice Care team and Dr. Daly for their special care and service.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother and father. Survivors include his wife, Mary (Peg), sons Michael (Rebecca) and Stephen (Mya), grandchildren Zachary, Rachel, Reese, Drew and Emma, and his sister Mary and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Madison Memorial Boys Basketball c/o Tim Richardson, 201 S. Gammon Rd, Madison, WI 53717 or to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 5001 N. Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53704.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2418 N. Sherman Ave.


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  • March 07, 2024

    Dear Peg. My deepest sympathy. I had the great pleasure of working with Larry at Gompers/Black Hawk and always enjoyed his energy, dedication and quick smile. Thinking of you and your family. Dennis Tande

  • March 05, 2024

    Hi! Peg & Family, It was with great sadness to read of Larry's death. We had visited him a few times in the Meadows at Oakwood. He was a good friend & co-worker, hunting partner & card buddy. Peace to All, Joan & Ray Unrein

  • March 04, 2024

    I have fond memories of growing up in Westfield with Larry and participating in sports in high school with him. He was the ultimate "good guy ". Our condolences to Steve and the family. Gary and Marsha Alexander Wausau, WI

  • March 03, 2024

    I was happy to hear Larry lead a full and happy life. I was a student at Sherman "Junior High" from 1967 to 1970. Larry was involved with a program for young men that had no father living in their home, and I was part of that program. I am, to this day, grateful for the relationships between my fellow students, and the staff, as well as the enriching activities after and outside of school we participated in. My life was better as a result of Larry's efforts. I really would have enjoyed the opportunity to discuss this with Larry personally had I know how to contact him. Please celebrate his life and the positive affects he had on the people whose lives he touched. Will C Sparks

  • March 03, 2024

    My thoughts and prayers are with Peg and the family. I feel so blessed to have known and be a short part of Larry's life.

  • March 03, 2024

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to Peg and the whole Collins family. Not all patients touch my heart like Larry did. He was a special man whose smile was sweet and kind. His quick wit had us in tears more than once in the therapy room. Praying for peace and comfort to all of you knowing all the memories with him are tucked safely in the depths of your hearts !

  • March 03, 2024

    As Principal of Gompers Middle School is was my honor to work with Larry for 8 years. Larry was the ultimate "Good Guy." Always upbeat with a smile on his face. Larry was a great story teller with a wonderful sense of humor. He was the consummate Chicago Cub Fan. The flags of Wrigley Field should be at half mast in his honor. He and his lovely wife, Peg raised two incredible sons Steve & Michael who were students at Gompers Middle. The Collin's Family Tradition is in good hands.

  • March 03, 2024

    Peg and family- Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Larry was a wonderful educator and family man. I'm sure he will be truly missed. Sending you love and prayers. May Larry rest in peace.

  • March 03, 2024

    I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. God Bless all of you. I will always be able to cherish the many victorious memories we were able to have . You are all in my prayers 🙏💚❤️👣

  • March 03, 2024

    Peg, my heart goes out to you and your family. We met at Gulf Gate and you shared pictures of your new and beautiful home. I hope you and Larry had some lovely times there. Take care of yourself and your family. Grief doesn't go away, but it does lessen. Affectionately, Lois Spargo

  • March 02, 2024

    Peg and family, We are so sorry to hear about Larry. What a great guy, with his stories, jokes and friendship he will be greatly missed. Our condolences to you all.

  • March 02, 2024

    Peg and family, sending my sympathy and prayers. Sara Melanson Lipski

  • March 01, 2024

    My deepest sympathy to Peg and the Collins Family. During our years as educators, I was lucky to work with Larry at Gompers Middle (Black Hawk) and Peg at Glendale Elementary (Henderson.) To this day, I think of Larry's words every time a winter storm is predicted, because he always warned us there would only be a snow day if we got "8 to 10 inches with blowing and drifting!"

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