Richard Collins

Obituary of Richard Collins

Richard Lee (Champ) Collins, age 87, was promoted to glory on Dec. 31, 2017 at his home in Griggsville, IL surrounded by family and friends who loved him dearly. He was born June 9, 1930 a son of Levi and Lois(Rumple) Collins. He married Betty Joan Craven on March 21, 1952 and she preceded him in death on Jan. 27, 2017. Champ is survived by three daughters, Linda Brawdy and Ruby Collins-Thomas both of Griggsville and Jody Collins of Metamora, IL. Surviving grandchildren are Angie Brawdy of Griggsville and Josh Brawdy of Quincy; Doug Kirk of Griggsville; Keesila Ford (Jeremy) of White Hall; and Myesha Edwards of Griggsville. Surviving great-grandchildren are Cash and Flint Kirk of Griggsville, Cameron and Chloe Ford of White Hall, his brother, Paul Collins of Pittsfield, brother-in-law Buster (Rose Anne) Craven of Griggsville, and sister-in-law Mary Etta Craven of Pittsfield. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and his little butterball LadyBug. Champ was also preceded in death by his parents, infant child, sisters: Ruby Thrasher, Florine Baker, Mildred Bartlett, Agatha Gerard, Elizabeth Hatley, and Rosalee Chapman; and his son-in-law David “Moo” Brawdy. Champ Collins graduated Griggsville High School in 1949. During his high school years, he loved playing basketball and baseball. After graduation, he worked construction for a while before working in the strawberry fields for the Cadwell family where he met the love of his life. He later worked at Brown’s Nursery in Griggsville which helped to cultivate his love for gardening and flowers. He continued that love of gardening taking care of J.L. Wade’s properties as well as the homes of Beryl Tate, Betty Logan, and others. He also worked at the Brown Shoe Company in Pittsfield. When he left Brown Shoe, he began working at the Griggsville-Perry School as a custodian, where he loved being a part of many kids’ and teachers’ lives. He worked there until his retirement. Champ’s favorite past times were fishing at his secret spots and hunting, mushrooming, gardening, coaching a summer league women’s fast-pitch softball team for many years; supporting, coaching, and watching his grandkids, great grandkids, nieces and nephews, and many other kids playing sports, and other school and church activities. He also enjoyed helping prepare the floors for Camp Manitoumi, a summer church camp near Lowpoint, IL. He was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Griggsville, where he enjoyed serving the Lord for many years. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 am Thursday January 4, 2018 at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Griggsville. Burial will be in Griggsville Cemetery. The family will meet with friend from 5 until 7 pm Wednesday at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Chapel in Griggsville. Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.airsman-hires.com