Irvin "Buddy" Collins

January 17, 1935May 14, 2020

Connersville native, Irvin “Buddy” Collins, 85, died Thursday, May 14, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Buddy was born to William and Jeneve Willis Collins on January 17, 1935. He attended Connersville High School where he met Lois Rader. After 20 years of being apart, Buddy and Lois married in Jellico, Tennessee in 1972. Buddy operated the bowling alley located on Western Avenue. He was employed as a supervisor for Mac Machine and was also a caregiver for CRF First Choice. Among his many accomplishments, he qualified in the senior games for swimming to attend the World Championship in Australia. Buddy enjoyed boating on the lake, mushroom hunting, and pheasant hunting. He loved sharing a meal at the Mexican restaurant with his family. Buddy was a proud supporter of Connersville basketball, IU basketball, and Notre Dame football.

Buddy is survived by his grandson: Dustin Free Sr., great grandchildren: Dustin Jr., and Adora Free; Nephew and his wife: Jim and Paula Free; Nieces and their husbands: Kim Collins, Donna Edgar and David, Sue Shepherd and Tony; Great-nieces and their husbands: Katie Free Roland and Ben, Casey Free Weber and Ian; Special friends: Don and Cathy Rader In addition to his parents, Buddy is preceded in death by his son: Kenzie C. Free; Brother: Edward “Bunky” Collins.

In light of the current pandemic the family has requested a Graveside service to be conducted at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Dale Cemetery, section G. Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel has been entrusted with the services. Memorial contributions may be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018, USA.


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Irvin "Buddy" Collins

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September 23, 2020

I'll never forget Buddy letting me chill with him behind the counter at western lanes after my Saturday morning league.. Eating waffle fries from the snack bar and drinking a glass bottle rootbeer.. Buddy was definitely one of a kind...
Love you my friend.. See you someday.. Say hi to mom and grandpa for me..

Kathy Garrison

May 17, 2020

My heart is broken. Buddy was always so kind and so much fun. Prayers for his family.

Jo Fowler

May 16, 2020

My heart is broken.... Dustin please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Buddy hired me at Park Bowl when I was 10 to work weekends! He taught me how to fix the machines and I worked there for 10 years. Best times ever. Buddy taught me how to love the sport of bowling and was a dear friend to me and my entire family! I have so many good memories of Buddy! He will be missed!

Margie Heineman

May 16, 2020

How does one say good bye to a wonderful, loving friend and swim partner. Buddy and I Metin 1981. He wanted me to prepare him for Stae Games. Who knew, that a friendship would grow. Thirteen years of Master Swimming will be memories to last me for a life time. He was always so great in helping others. An example of one of his giving to youth, was inviting my ID class of 15 young people to bowl. He paid for their bowling, shoes and a snack. He was always ready to help and alway wore that little smirk of a smile, when he had an idea brewing in his head. Budinski, as I called him will be missed by many, but not as missed by me.
Rest In Peace Budinski, your friend always and forever ever, marge a roo

Karen Lippincott

May 16, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Family and friends will be in my prayers. Prayers for peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Odessa (King) Schlichte

May 16, 2020

Buddy was a staple of my childhood. Both my mother and grandmother bowled leagues. I spent many nights at the bowling alley and Buddy was always there and would often slip me a quarter for the jukebox. After the bowling alley closed, I'd often only see him in his yard but I'd honk and he would wave. I hadn't seen him in several years. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Shelia Joy

May 15, 2020

Sending thoughts and prayers to Buddy’s family

Cheryl Johnson

May 15, 2020

Buddy was such a "Good Guy". So sorry to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family and friends.