Jack "Pops" Collins, age 73, of Fort Scott, died Friday, November 24, 2006, at his home.
He was born March 24, 1933 in Ardmore, Oklahoma the son of Jack A. and Mallie Holbrook Collins. He married Joan Freer on February 5, 1954, in Belleville, Illinois. They returned to Fort Scott in 1965. He is survived by his mother, Mallie Collins of Pasadena, Texas; eight children, Danny Collins and wife Mary of Olathe, Ks., Jackie Broyles and husband Terry of Blue Mound, Kan., Sue Morrell of Fort Scott, Dee Dee Cheney and husband Mike of Fort Scott, Bobby Collins and wife Melissa of Fort Scott, Linda Houston and husband Greg of Richards, Mo., Tabitha Stults and husband Nick of Fort Scott and Vickie "Dupy" Collins of Fort Scott; 20 grandchildren, Philip Collins and wife Kendra of Nixa, Mo., Heather Collins of Olathe, Kan., Jack Collins of Joplin, Mo., Kerry Coffel and husband Dustin of Mound City, Kan., Krissy Beckmon and husband Nathan of Kincaid, Kan., Matt Broyles of Blue Mound, Kan., Kim Hoff and husband Frank of Bush City, Kan., Jordan Collins of Nevada, Mo., Judd and Sam Morrell of Fort Scott, Quinton Cheney of Wichita, Kan., Tanner Cheney of Olympia, Wash., Duncan Cheney of Fort Scott, Marissa Spencer and husband Kris of San Diego, Calif., Jake and Lillian Collins of Fort Scott, Ollie and Abbie Houston of Richards, Mo., Connor and Josie Stults of Fort Scott; seven great-grandchildren, Shyla, Indy and Lexi Coffel, Bri, Rylee and Haylee Beckmon and Ryan Collins; three sisters, Chris Brannon and husband Charles, Doris Golson and Linda Stanley and husband Tommy all of Pasadena, Texas; brother-in-law, David Freer and wife, Lynelle; two sister-in laws, Shirley Stephens and husband John, and Raylene Freer, all of Fort Scott; nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan and father, Jack.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 until 1957. He retired from Mid-Continental Restoration after more than 30 years as a Journeyman Tuck Pointer.
The Rev. Steve MacArthur will conduct funeral services at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2006, at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Fort Scott National Cemetery with military honors by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W. In lieu of a visitation, friends and family are invited to come to the family home at 809 S. Margrave.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation and may be sent to or left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. On-line expressions of condolence may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.