Robert W. Collier

March 9, 1938 ~ December 17, 2018 (age 80)

Robert W. “Bob” Collier, 80, of Chicora, passed away Monday evening, December 17, 2018 at Butler Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family following a lengthy illness.

Born in Chicora on March 9, 1938, he was the son of the late John W. and Cora Coleman Collier.

He attended Karns City High School and retired from Indspec Chemical Corporation in Petrolia following many years of service.  He was of the Protestant faith.

Bob loved, owned, and enjoyed working on classic cars and attending car shows.  In 1978, Bob fulfilled his lifelong dream to own a house and property in the country.  When he was well, you could find him working on his property and oil wells and enjoying country living.  He worked hard his entire life until his illness.

Surviving are his four children, Steve Collier of Chicora, Sheri Raffel of Butler, Kathie Hodgkiss of Chicora, and Kris  Bowser and her husband, Michael, of Slippery Rock; the mother of his children, Joyce Collier of Butler;  seven grandsons, Matt and Rob Collier, Nick and Ryan Raffel, Dan Hodgkiss, and Josh and Andrew Bowser;  six great grandchildren;  his sister, Sylvia Edie of New Philadelphia, Ohio; his brother, David of Chicora; Bob’s long time companion, Margaret “Peg” Hartzel of Chicora, and Margaret’s brother, Eugene Grantz and his wife, “Mickey” of Knox,  as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Rick Collier.

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Rd., Chicora, from 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday.  A funeral service will be held from the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Mark Wallace, pastor of Chicora Alliance Church, officiating.  Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Butler Health System Foundation’s Cancer Services Fund, One Hospital Way, Butler PA  16001 or  For additional information or to send a condolence, please visit

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