Charles Richard “Dick” Collins, 73, was born March 13, 1940, in Pleasant Hill, the son of James Lloyd and Elsie (Ferguson) Collins. He departed this life Saturday, March 1, 2014, at his home.
On September 11, 1959, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Judith Anne Brown in Pleasant Hill. Following their marriage they moved to Kansas City and later Raytown to raise their four children, returning to Pleasant Hill in 1989. Judy preceded him in death on December 4, 2009. There is no doubt that it was but moments after his death that he heard her say, “You’re home! Whatcha been doin’?”. He had missed hearing those words.
Dick was employed in the printing industry as a printer for Spangler Printing and in the composing room of The Kansas City Star. He later worked in sales at Raytown Printing, Advertisers Litho and at Maywood Printing in Independence until the time of his death. He was an Advisory Director for the Research Foundation, an active member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Sugarland Estates Homeowners Association and the Lee's Summit Woodworkers Guild. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, woodworking, traveling, motorcycle riding, the Kansas City Symphony and manicuring his lawn.
Dick was also preceded in death by his parents and one son, Richard Darin Collins.
He is survived by a son Doug Collins and wife Lori of Kansas City, Missouri; a daughter Chris-Anne Gebauer and husband Phil of Greenwood, Missouri; a son Devin Collins and wife Mickey of Pleasant Hill; 4 grandchildren Eli, Sara, Cole, and Dravin; a brother Howard and wife Sandy of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; a sister Ruth Ann Faith and husband Jim of Independence, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.
Cremation has been accorded.
A celebration of life service was held, Saturday, March 15, 2014, at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Rev. Meg Rhodes officiated. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Research Foundation Nursing Scholarship Fund or St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.