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Little & Sons Funeral Home

4901 East Stop Eleven Road, Indianapolis, IN

OBITUARY

Robert Collins

July 25, 1940August 3, 2019
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Railroader Robert “Bob” Collins, 79, passed away peacefully Aug. 3, 2019, from complications of dementia and Parkinson’s diseases. He was born to Cicero and Mary Ellen Collins on July 25, 1940, in Beech Grove, Ind.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn (Kelley) Collins; daughter Kelly Collins Sawyers; son Sean Collins (Tammy); grandchildren, Austin (Kayla and Andie) and Alex (Maria) Smith, Nathan and Brenna Collins; great-grandson, AJ Smith; three stepgrandchildren, Morgan, Alli and Ryan; two stepgreat-grandchildren; siblings Glen (Nancy) Collins, Loretta (Mick) Wampler, Betty Stricker, Don (Janet) Collins and Robin (Brad) Lane; former daughter-in-law, Lisa Collins (mother of Nathan and Brenna); special nephew and family Keith (Gail) Collins and Bre; special brother-in-law and family Steve, Melissa, Jasmine, Jared and Jacob Miller; many nieces and nephews; cousins in Dayton, Ohio, and Berea, Ky.; and his “adopted” family, longtime neighbors Perry, Linda and Kyle Knezevich.

“Bobby,” as he was known by many, was a huge IU and Bobby Knight fan, loved white Russian drinks and dancing (back in the day), and enjoyed train shows and trips with brothers, Glen and Don. He had a heart of gold and was the best husband, Dad, Papaw, brother, uncle, friend and boss that anyone could wish for.

He loved listening (loudly) to the music of Janis Joplin, Bob Seger and Carrie Underwood -- just to name a few -- with his daughter, Kelly, watching IU games at home or at pubs and attending Hoosier Hysteria with his son, Sean, and a yearly Monster Truck event with grandsons, Austin, Alex and Nathan.

He and Carolyn were always in the stands for their grandchildren’s games and events and even made it to some of their great-grandson’s games. He always had individual bags of candy for his grandkids and others at every gathering. When picking up grandkids, he would have it sitting on their seat(s).

Bob and Carolyn have a huge group of friends, many from high school. They have traveled with family and friends, taken train trips, cruises, vacations and were truly blessed to enjoy retirement.

Bob, a 1959 graduate of Beech Grove High School, also loved watching Colts and Pacer games, classic movies, crime shows and his daily favorites ... “The Young and the Restless” and “Wheel of Fortune.” He enjoyed golfing, gambling and playing the lotto ... OK, OK, OK, and scratch-offs (his favorite Christmas and birthday gifts).

His favorite newspaper was The Southsider Voice, owned and published by his daughter, and he loved attending the paper’s monthly Car Nutz cruise-ins.

He was organized and kept an immaculate home, lawn and vehicles. Those qualities helped him advance during his 42-year career for the railroad. He retired in 2000 from Amtrak as the assistant superintendent. A trim shop was dedicated after him. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Eva, Cicero Jr., Jeanette and Ruby; and son-in-law, Brett Sawyers.

The family’s faith is comforting them through this difficult time by knowing his son-in-law, Brett, was waiting in heaven, saying, “Come on, Bobby,” as he always said while traveling with and caring for him. Brett passed away unexpectedly April 7, 2019.

A special thank you to his main caretaker Dennis Huntington, of Right at Home In Home Care & Assistance, and all of the other caretakers from different agencies , Franciscan Hospice House, family and friends who have supported the family during this difficult journey. The family also has a special thanks to Connie Jones for her special care to Bob and his family. Visitation will be at Little & Sons Funeral Home, 4901 E. Stop 11 Road, from 1-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, with a celebration of life starting at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Franciscan Hospice House, 8414 Franciscan Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46237.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, August 8, 2019

Memories

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ROGER RIGGEN

August 12, 2019

Bobby and I started with Amtrak on opposite sides, he was management and I was a Union President. We fought like cats and dogs however; we became the best of friends as he mentored me into the management side of Amtrak. We became the best of buddy's even up to the end of his life. I will never ever forget Bob and Carolyn as they both are truly great people. Susie and I loved them both very much and we will truly miss Bob. May God Bless the family in their time of sorrow. Love Roger & Susie Riggen

Carolyn sue Bryant Weller

August 8, 2019

Remember so many good family times when Bob and Carolyn visited my mom and dad’s home in Dayton. Also our visits to Indy to see Aunt Mary Ellen. We pray God’s comfort on Carolyn, Kelly, Sean and all the family. We could not travel to Indy but are with you in spirit. Much love!

Ed Tolle

August 6, 2019

How sorry it is to see a great man has passed and how great it is to know that he is with God. Bobby was a tremendous coworker and friend to me from my apprentice days at NYC to coming back to the shops with Amtrak.
I am sorry that I am out of town and will miss his viewing but please know that I have him and Carolyn in my prayers. I hope to see him again in another life.
Sincerely,
Ed Tolle

Jim and Vicki Little

August 6, 2019

Carolyn and Family:
We send our love and condolences to you and your
family that your memories of Bob and your faith will help to
see you through this difficult time. Bob was a wonderful man
and friend who was loved by all and he will be greatly missed.
We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

We Love You,
Jim and Vicki Little

Tim Chapell

August 5, 2019

For close to thirty yrs. I had the honor of working for Bob. In fact when I first became a Foreman Bob, and Jim Edmonds interviewed me. Although Bob could be tough to work for, he was always fair, and would help in anyway he could to get the job done. I am leaving tomorrow for Fla. and hate that I'll miss getting to say good by to him.
Please except my sincerest condolences. Prayers will be with you and yours.

Tim Chapell

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Biography

Railroader Robert “Bob” Collins, 79, passed away peacefully Aug. 3, 2019, from complications of dementia and Parkinson’s diseases. He was born to Cicero and Mary Ellen Collins on July 25, 1940, in Beech Grove, Ind.


He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn (Kelley) Collins; daughter Kelly Collins Sawyers; son Sean Collins (Tammy); grandchildren, Austin (Kayla and Andie) and Alex (Maria) Smith, Nathan and Brenna Collins; great-grandson, AJ Smith; three stepgrandchildren, Morgan, Alli and Ryan; two stepgreat-grandchildren; siblings Glen (Nancy) Collins, Loretta (Mick) Wampler, Betty Stricker, Don (Janet) Collins and Robin (Brad) Lane; former daughter-in-law, Lisa Collins (mother of Nathan and Brenna); special nephew and family Keith (Gail) Collins and Bre; special brother-in-law and family Steve, Melissa, Jasmine, Jared and Jacob Miller; many nieces and nephews; cousins in Dayton, Ohio, and Berea, Ky.; and his “adopted” family, longtime neighbors Perry, Linda and Kyle Knezevich.


“Bobby,” as he was known by many, was a huge IU and Bobby Knight fan, loved white Russian drinks and dancing (back in the day), and enjoyed train shows and trips with brothers, Glen and Don. He had a heart of gold and was the best husband, Dad, Papaw, brother, uncle, friend and boss that anyone could wish for.


He loved listening (loudly) to the music of Janis Joplin, Bob Seger and Carrie Underwood -- just to name a few -- with his daughter, Kelly, watching IU games at home or at pubs and attending Hoosier Hysteria with his son, Sean, and a yearly Monster Truck event with grandsons, Austin, Alex and Nathan.


He and Carolyn were always in the stands for their grandchildren’s games and events and even made it to some of their great-grandson’s games. He always had individual bags of candy for his grandkids and others at every gathering. When picking up grandkids, he would have it sitting on their seat(s).


Bob and Carolyn have a huge group of friends, many from high school. They have traveled with family and friends, taken train trips, cruises, vacations and were truly blessed to enjoy retirement.


Bob, a 1959 graduate of Beech Grove High School, also loved watching Colts and Pacer games, classic movies, crime shows and his daily favorites ... “The Young and the Restless” and “Wheel of Fortune.” He enjoyed golfing, gambling and playing the lotto ... OK, OK, OK, and scratch-offs (his favorite Christmas and birthday gifts).


His favorite newspaper was The Southsider Voice, owned and published by his daughter, and he loved attending the paper’s monthly Car Nutz cruise-ins.


He was organized and kept an immaculate home, lawn and vehicles. Those qualities helped him advance during his 42-year career for the railroad. He retired in 2000 from Amtrak as the assistant superintendent. A trim shop was dedicated after him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Eva, Cicero Jr., Jeanette and Ruby; and son-in-law, Brett Sawyers.


The family’s faith is comforting them through this difficult time by knowing his son-in-law, Brett, was waiting in heaven, saying, “Come on, Bobby,” as he always said while traveling with and caring for him. Brett passed away unexpectedly April 7, 2019.


A special thank you to his main caretaker Dennis Huntington, of Right at Home In Home Care & Assistance, and all of the other caretakers from different agencies , Franciscan Hospice House, family and friends who have supported the family during this difficult journey. The family also has a special thanks to Connie Jones for her special care to Bob and his family.

Visitation will be at Little & Sons Funeral Home, 4901 E. Stop 11 Road, from 1-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, with a celebration of life starting at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Franciscan Hospice House, 8414 Franciscan Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46237.