Jeffrey Dwayne Collman

Jeffrey Dwayne Collman

Aurora, Kane County, Illinois, USA
Death 11 Sep 2001 (aged 41)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Memorial Site* Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA

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    Jeffrey Dwayne Collman
Jeffrey Dwayne Collman, 41, of Novato, Calif., formerly of Yorkville, Ill., a flight attendant for American Airlines, died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.
    A Memorial Service for Jeffrey will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Yorkville. A complete obituary will follow in a later edition.
    Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, (630)553-7611.

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  Jeffrey Dwayne Collman
Aurora Beacon News, Aurora IL 9-23-2001
Jeffrey Dwayne Collman, age 41, of Novato, California, formerly of Yorkville, IL, a flight attendant for American Airlines, died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:45a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
    Jeffrey was a 1977 graduate of Yorkville High School in Yorkville, IL. Jeff was formerly employed, for over 10 years, at All-Steel in Montgomery, IL. He had then worked, for a brief time, at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California before attaining his dream of being a flight attendant with American Airlines. Jeffrey loved his job and traveling to other countries around the world. He also loved to play and watch tennis. Jeff was a true people person who enjoyed visiting with and getting to know others.
    He is survived by his parents, Dwayne and Kay Collman of Yorkville, IL and Beverly Sutton of North Aurora, IL; his close companion, Keith Bradkowski of Novato, Ca; his brothers, Charles Collman of Fort Meyers, FL and Brian Collman of Las Vegas, NV; his sister, Brenda Sorenson of Aurora, IL; his step-brothers, Steve (Linda) Gengler of Yorkville, IL and Chuck (Lakshmi) Gengler of South Orange, NJ; his step-sister, Susan Bohan of California; a god-child, Marlene Wakelin; his half-sisters, Laura Kries of Brooklyn Park, MN, Caroline Sutton of Joliet, IL and Vickie Michel of Aurora, IL; several nieces and nephews, many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jeffrey will also be missed by 100 other flight attendants.
    He is preceded in death by his grandparents and his brother, Mark Allen Collman.
    A memorial service will be held at 11:00a.m. on Monday, October 1, 2001 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Yorkville, IL with Pastor John Leaf officiating.
    Memorials may be directed in Jeffrey's name to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund or to the charity of the donor's choice.
    Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes, (630)553-7611.
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New York Tragedy Kills Yorkville Native
By Dave Parro
STAFF WRITER, Aurora Beacon News, Aurora IL

Flight attendant: Jeffrey Collman loved to fly

   YORKVILLE — Dwayne Collman's imagination gets the best of him when he thinks about the final minutes of his son's life on American Airlines Flight 11.
   He's filled with horror thinking about what the 41-year-old flight attendant from Yorkville went through as terrorists with knives steered the plane into the first World Trade Center tower.
   Collman knows his son received safety training in flight school, but he doubts it ever could have prepared him for the challenges he would face on the morning of Sept. 11.
   The grieving father is sure of one thing about his son, though, even if the details about his death are not certain:
   "He would have fought like hell."
   Jeffrey Collman, an American Airlines flight attendant for five years who grew up in Yorkville, died Tuesday morning when his hijacked plane, destined for Los Angeles, crashed into New York's famous landmark at 8:45 a.m.
   Though his body has not been recovered, his parents knew he was gone when he didn't call within a few hours after the tragedy.
   He had sent his stepmother, Kay, an e-mail the night before, telling her he would be flying from Boston to Los Angeles the next morning.
   "I knew he was in that accident because every time there was something going on with airplanes, he would call and say, 'Hey, I'm all right,' " said Kay Collman. "So I knew that, when he didn't call, he was on that plane."
   His parents, who are being flown by the airline to Boston on Saturday for grief counseling, say Jeffrey Collman wanted to be a flight attendant because he loved to travel and meet people around the world. After working for years at Allsteel in Montgomery, he moved to California about five years ago to pursue that dream.
   Lifelong friend Dolores Humphrey, who went to school with Jeffrey Collman at all grade levels in Yorkville, said she feared he was killed when she heard the news because he often flew early-week flights from Boston to Los Angeles.
   She said Collman never lost contact with his friends, even though his job took him around the world.
   "Every time he got into town, he would call anyone he knew to meet for breakfast," said Humphrey, who last talked to Collman on Sept. 6. "He would talk for a couple hours, then have to go fly somewhere else."
   His stepmother said Jeffrey was the type of person who could "sit down next to someone on a plane and walk away knowing their life story." His father said Jeffrey loved tennis and flew around the world to watch professionals play.
   Kay Collman says her stepson never went anywhere meekly, and he loved his job so much that she's sure he didn't back down in the face of terror.
   "He took it seriously," she said, "and he would not have let anyone walk on him."
   Humphrey said Jeffrey talked of flying even when he was a child, and his dream came true when American Airlines gave him a job. He was never afraid to fly, she said, always asserting that he was safer in the air than anyone on the ground.
   Collman's parents have begun to realize how their son died, and that he will always be remembered as a victim on one of the saddest days ever in the United States.
   "It's completely different than just someone dying," Kay Collman said. "We'll have the pictures forever. We'll always see where he died. It's part of history."
   The Collmans will hold a memorial service for their son at 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Yorkville. Contact Dave Parro at (630) 801-5495 or

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