COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Eldred Lowell “Dick” Collins, 94, died in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 10, 2010.
He was born Nov. 27, 1915, in Coleridge, Neb., to the late Glen and Elinor Collins.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Roberta Larson Collins; daughters, Carolyn Grundgeiger (Colorado), Elinor DuDevoire (Tennessee) and Janice Alderfer (New Mexico); sons, Kenneth Collins (Illinois) and Kasey Collins (California); grandchildren, Brooke Roecker, Ian Collins and Katherine Collins; and sister, Roberta Lindahl (Washington).
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Merlyn Kern Collins (January 1982) and two brothers and two sisters.
Dick served his country in the National Guard of the United States and the state of Nebraska for four years and in the Army of the United States of America for five years. He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska. He was employed as a research engineer by Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee, went to the Interstate Power Co. in Dubuque, Iowa, and retired in 1981. During that time, he also ran a small electrical company from his home with three employees and did part-time crop farming, planting wheat, oats, corn and soybeans for fun and profit (his first two daughters pretty much being the hired-hands and his first wife as the dependable gofer, typist, legal aide, cook, bottle washer and companion).
He was an active Methodist all his life, providing corn roast picnics during the summers in Wisconsin, doing volunteer work at the Methodist Hospital in Peoria and traveling to help do repair work and maintenance of church camps with the NOMADS in Florida, Arizona and the Midwest (having acquired a new gofer, typist, legal aide, cook, bottle washer and companion).
He was a Boy Scout leader, a life member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., and a life-time member of the Woodland Park Senior Citizens Club.
His joy of life, his assistance to fix anything, his ready wit and humor, his songs, his recitation of poems, his appreciation of the beauty of nature all around him will be sadly missed by all, do da do da do!
His body was cremated and a service of loving memory will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Boy Scouts of America or Mountain View United Methodist Church, 1101 Rampart Range Road, Woodland Park, CO 80863-1301.