Bailey Zechar Funeral Home

653 Hickey Ave, Versailles, OH


Edgar A. Collins

July 9, 1936January 1, 2020

Edgar A. Collins went home to be with his heavenly father on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 9:37 a.m. He was born on July 9, 1936 in Versailles, Ohio, son of the late Milo and Gladys (Peterseim) Collins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis (Treon) Collins on January 18, 2013 to whom he married on September 20, 1958, his sisters and brothers-in-law, Evelyn & William J. Nixon and Virginia & Wayne Pittsenbarger. He is survived by children Merlin Collins of Versailles; Jan Collins (Dave Curtis) of Versailles; Beth Collins of Sidney; Brian and wife, Tammy Collins of Versailles; and Cathy and husband, Scott Peters of Versailles. Ed was a loving grandfather to 11 grandchildren: Ty (Kate) Collins, Taryn (Jake) Griffin, and Dana (Ben) Rutter; Matthew (Katie) Curtis, Michele (Kevin) Henninger; Bobby (Paige) Collins, Kristen and Mariah Collins; Collin, Ellen and Emma Peters; and 19 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Carolyn and husband, Gary Poling of Versailles; brother-in-law Kent and wife, Tammy Treon also of Versailles; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ed and Phyllis were owners of Collins Super Valu for 31 years. Ed was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of Gettysburg Masonic Lodge No. 477, Versailles Jaycees, Versailles Lions Club, and Versailles School Board. Ed was a Wayne Twp. Trustee, organizer of Community Meals, and a 40-year volunteer of Poultry Days. Ed and Phyllis were the Grand Marshals of the Poultry Days Parade in 1995. After retirement, Ed became a chauffeur for Midmark and would say “I have the best job in the world!” which led him to having friends near and far. Ed loved the simple things in life: family, church, community and bringing a smile to anyone’s face with his laugh, smile and a plate of cookies. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. at Bailey-Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Funeral Services will be Friday, January 10, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Bob Akins officiating and burial to follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. Veteran’s services will be conducted by the Versailles Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of Versailles.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Burial Friday, January 10, 2020


Edgar A. Collins

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Nancy Taylor Wiggins

January 17, 2020

I am the daughter of Carolyn Tracht Taylor. I belive you are her first cousins. My Grandmother was Verda Petersiem Tracht from Bellefountaine Ohio. I am Nancy Taylor Wiggins. We live in Florida. When I was about 6 years old we came to visit. stayed with Wayne and Virginia Pitsenbarger and some of the other family there. I remember my Mom saying Eddie owned the grocery store in town. We only got to visit with him a little while as he had to get to the store. I remember the time with the family was a fun time. So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Sending Prayers for the entire family.
Nancy Taylor Wiggins, Riverview Florida

Kim Voisin

January 11, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go to Beth, Jan, Merlin, Brian and Cathy and the rest of the family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a kind man and was committed to family and community. I can only imagine all of the wonderful memories you have to cherish of a life well-lived!

Kim Epperly Voisin

Jerry & Linda Barhorst

January 10, 2020

So sorry for your loss. We will always remember Ed as a friend even though we only knew him through the store. When we first moved to Versailles in 1976 and went to the Super Valu, Ed welcomed us like old friends. When we would see him out other places he always stopped to say hi. He was a wonderful man and will be missed but many.

Duane Plessinger

January 9, 2020

Sorry to hear of your loss , I hav

Patricia & Biagio Azzarelli

January 8, 2020

Cathy, Scott, Collin, Ellen, & Emma,

Thinking of you and sending you strength and love during this time and always.

He brought up a beautiful daughter who enriched my nephews life & ours in so many ways!

Biagio & Pattie Azzarelli

Pat Nixon

January 6, 2020

To all of Ed's family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather.
Ed was one of the nicest people I knew. He always had a smile and a positive attitude about everything. I was always impressed by how he really listened to you if you were talking to him. He really seemed interested in you and what you were saying, so people liked to talk to him. I felt so comfortable with him always.
He was a wonderful father and raised five great kids. I'm sure he was just as wonderful a grandpa as he was a husband and father.
He will be greatly missed.

Pat Nixon

Mike and Mary Barga

January 6, 2020

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your
father and grandfather Ed.

carmen Kingrey

January 5, 2020

On behalf of the Kingrey family, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Ed Collins' family!

Ed and Phyllis were a friend of my mom and dad while they lived here in Versailles! They always managed to make time to talk to them even with their busy schedule and asked them of how they're doing!

Mom and dad are in heaven now, maybe they could visit up there and share conversation about Versailles and the Philippines!

RIP ED, you were such a great person to know!

So sorry for the loss of the patriarch of the family! Say hello to mom and dad up there for me!

Sending prayers..........!

Debbie Csaplik

January 5, 2020

Ed was one of the friendliest guys I knew. We always had a quick word when passing by. To his family you have my deepest condolences. We lost a really nice guy

Ron and Carolyn (Trittschuh) Reiter

January 5, 2020

To all the Collins family, your parents have been special friends for many years. God’s blessings to each. Ed will be missed.