OBITUARY

Gary Russell Collins

September 11, 1945September 1, 2019
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Gary Russell Collins, 73, passed away suddenly and quite unexpectedly at home late in the evening of Sunday, September 1, 2019, after spending an evening with his family.

Gary was born September 11, 1945, and he grew up in the farming community of Siam, Iowa. He graduated from New Market high school in 1963.

After high school, Gary joined the U.S. Air Force and spent much of his service at San Vito airbase near Brindisi, Italy, where his duties included intercepting Morse code transmissions from the Soviet Bloc as part of Communications Intelligence.

In 1967, he was honorably discharged, married Nancy K. Bix, and studied at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, where he graduated with a B.S. in Business Management in 1970. After graduation, they moved to the Kansas City area when Hallmark Cards hired him. Eventually, Pfizer hired Gary, and he worked the remainder of his career at the Animal Health division in Lee’s Summit, MO, until his retirement in 2007.

Throughout his life, Gary was active in his church and community and forged many valued friendships in the process.

He loved travel and seeing the world. Nancy and Gary visited many locations, stretching from Alaska to Israel and were always looking for a new place to visit.

Gary is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy; his three children, Michael, Kelly, and Darin; his son-in-law, Tom; his daughter-in-law, Kelly; and five grandchildren: Marissa, Colin, Maddy, Knox, and Ryder.

Those who were fortunate enough to know and love him are deeply pained by his sudden passing but grateful for the time they had with him and the part he played in their lives.

Visitation will be held at 10:00, Saturday, September 7, 2019, with funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM at Lee’s Summit Christian Church, 800 NE Tudor Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mike Collins
  • Darin Collins
  • Thomas McCannon
  • Blake Theiss
  • Larry Theiss
  • Bill Johnson
  • Colin Paris, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Chris Ethington, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Roger Sanders, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, September 7, 2019

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Dreyfus Froe

September 9, 2019

May my friend rest in eternal peace. For me it way way too soon but I, as did Gary, have faith that he is in the arms of our God. Family, rest assured.🙏🏽

Julie Smith

September 7, 2019

Sorry to hear this news. Always had a pleasant chat with Gary on my walk up the road and a friendly wave as we all pass in the neighborhood. Prayers for comfort and peace.
John and Julie Smith

Lori Kurle

September 5, 2019

Gary was a proud grandpa to his grandkids. I would always see him and Nancy at each award assembly for all of his grandkids. He was a very nice man. My heart goes out to Nancy and each one of his kids. I was grateful and thankful that Kelly and Marissa were in my daughters Girl Scout troop . Very wonderful family . Hugs and prayers to all of you . I know this is a very hard time for all of you . Thinking of you .

Cheryl Walton

September 4, 2019

Gary was my boss at Pfizer and always gave me a hard time, mostly in a joking way. My thoughts and prayers go to family and friends. Last time I saw Gary was at Jim Schultz's wedding. Glad I got to see him and have a little banter back and forth. My deepest condolences.

James Schultz

September 4, 2019

I'll miss my co-worker, friend, and breakfast buddy. Was always fun and the life of the party. I'll miss his phone calls and our chats. I'm sure he has them all laughing up there. Rest in peace my friend.

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