Donald J. Collins

October 9, 1940July 8, 2019

Donald J. Collins, Age 78 of Indianapolis, IN, formerly of New Chicago, IN passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019 at his residence surrounded by family in Indianapolis, IN. He was born on October 09, 1940 in Kenvir, KY to his loving parents Haskell and Reba (Baker) Collins. On June 20, 1964 he married Judy J. Rickett in Portage, IN; she still survives. Mr. Collins really enjoyed keeping busy. He enlisted in the US Army in 1960 and received an honorable discharge in 1963. He was a para-trooper amongst other things during his time in the service. His position as a roll grinder for the U.S. Steel company spread over many decades. During his time away from work Don liked to play cards, show his hand at a few magic tricks, take in a Chicago Bears or Indianapolis Colts game, go bowling or fishing with friends, and travel like there was no tomorrow. He also spent his time as a volunteer police officer and fire fighter. His family will miss his love of arguing and everything that he brought to each event with them. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Judy Collins; devoted children, Donna (Mark) Vargas, Joe Collins and his significant other, Cyndi Treveno, Chuck Slavey and his significant other, Linda, Roy (Denise) Slavey; grandchildren, Jazmyn Collins, A.J. Collins, D.J. Collins, Ryan Slavey, Brea Vargas, Brynn Vargas; and sister, Daryl (Mike) Hicks. He was preceded in death by his parents; Haskell and Reba Collins; siblings, Larry Collins, Roger Collins, Darlene Hanley and Linda Tenorio. Friends and family may call upon Chapel Lawn Funeral home from 9AM until the time of the service on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. His funeral service and celebration will take place at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home located at 8178 Cline Ave., Crown Point, IN, 46307 on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 11AM. Pastor Don Good will be officiating. Military Honors will be rendered after the funeral service. Chapel Lawn Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements for Mr. Collins, please leave words of condolences and stories on the website at


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, July 16, 2019


Donald J. Collins

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Tracy DeHart Turner

July 14, 2019

So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
Wilma Turner, Stan, Wade and family.

Jodi Stoddard

July 14, 2019

Very sorry for your loss
Sending our deepest condolences Jodi and John Stoddard