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Collin Herod

February 27, 1998 — December 6, 2019


Collin Herod (born Nicole Herod)

age 21, died on Friday, December 6, 2019, in Indianapolis after a long battle with addiction.  Collin, son of Andrew Herod and Marietta (Taylor) Herod and brother to Taylor Herod, was an accomplished musician.  Collin could pick up any instrument and play it with little introduction.  Collin played the cello and stand-up bass for the North Central High School orchestra, and he was awarded the “Director’s Award” for the 2014-2015 season.  Collin played the drums, guitar, and bass, and he dabbled in playing the banjo, trumpet, and violin.  His musical talent knew no bounds.  Collin played tennis for Northview Middle School and attended tennis camp at North Central, and he was in the JROTC.  Collin was a skillful French speaker and won a “Certificat de Reussite” in 2014 from the American Association of French Professors.  Collin was “Student of the Month” at North Central in October 2013.

Collin loved animals, both real and stuffed, especially bobcats.  Collin liked to travel.  He went to New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine several times, and he went to Yellowstone National Park, Hawaii, and Florida.  Collin was a dedicated lover of all things science and had incredible intellectual curiosity.  He loved science camp, where he won an award for “best pig dissection.”  Collin took glass blowing and ceramics classes at the Broad Ripple Art Center.

Collin was very active with the Indiana Youth Group.  He was a committed advocate for the LGBTQ community, which embraced him with open arms after his transition.  In short, Collin was always wanting to try new things and squeezed a lot of living into a short life.  Collin’s friends describe him as someone who could light up a room with laughter and love, and that’s how his family remembers him, too.  Collin was incredibly generous, warm-hearted, and loving.  Collin was brilliant, both in his intellect and in his musical and myriad other creative talents.

Collin is survived by his parents and his brother, as well as:  his stepmother Katrina Jahn; stepbrother Stevie Nestel; grandfather Gilbert Herod; step-grandmother Beccie Galloway; Aunt Cathy Herod; Super Uncle Jim Hauck and Aunt Angela (“Tan” to Collin) Hauck; Aunt Tricia Florens; and various other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Dec. 14th 12:00-3:00 P.M. at the First Church of Cannabis, 3400 South Rural St., Indianapolis, IN 46237. Followed by a Memorial & Celebration of Life Saturday, Dec. 14th 4:00 at the Union Chapel United Methodist Church, 2720 E. 86th St., Indianapolis,IN 46240. Family and Friends are welcome to both services.

In lieu of flowers , memorial contributions should be made to a cause you think Collin would have supported. Please contact family members for donation ideas.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Collin Herod, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Memorial Service

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Starts at 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Union Chapel United Methodist Church

2720 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240

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