John was born on June 21, 1946, the eldest child of John H. and Lillian M. (Chalupsky) Collinson. He attended Atlantic High School and Omaha Art Institute and served two tours of duty in the Viet Nam war. John was a type setter for Tama News Herald and worked at Tama Papermill before moving to Ontario to own/operate Mylie’s, a fishing /hunting resort on Lake of the Woods. John returned to the states in 1991 to work as an over-the-road truck driver until his retirement.
John married Dana McFate in 1971; they later divorced. He married Lynn Rochen in 2007; she preceded him in death in 2015. John is survived by siblings Joan Campbell, Jane (Matthew) McNeely, Jean (Larry) Jesse, Jim Collinson, Janet (Richard Carroll) Collinson, and Joel (Patsy) Collinson, 15 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. Following a private service, the ashes of John and his wife Lynn, will be laid to rest at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa.