Robert Earl (Ike) Collins, age 85, formerly of Piqua, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at the Yates Center Health and Rehabilitation Center, Yates Center, Kansas. Ike was born August 9, 1933, in Iola, Kansas, to John Mike Collins and Lucy Elizabeth Wilson Collins. He grew up on a farm south of Piqua, Kansas.
Ike graduated from the Yates Center High School. After graduating, Ike went to Indiana, where he worked in a stave mill that manufactured whiskey barrels and where he met Rose Zetta Lenning.
Ike and Rose were married on December 19, 1959, in Spencer, Indiana.
In 1960, Ike and Rose moved back to Kansas where they lived on a farm two miles south and one-half mile west of Piqua. They started their family there. They had two boys, Ray and Randy, and one daughter, Kris Ann. Ike and Rose were married 53 years.
Ike worked for the Piqua Farmers Cooperative for 37, retiring in 1997. After retirement, he helped his brother, Bill Collins, with farming.
Ike loved to help others when they needed help. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping, and he especially enjoyed taking his little radio and walk through his fields while listening to the Kansas City Royals. Ike liked to watch basketball and football. K-State and Kansas City Chiefs were his football teams, but the Kansas Jayhawks was his basketball team. Ike loved being around his grandkids and great-grandkids.
Ike was preceded in death by his wife, Rosie, on December 19, 2012; his son, Ray Gene, on March 13, 2018; his parents, two brothers, Dave and Bill Collins; two sisters, Donna Eisenbart and Marcella Dixon; one sister-in-law, Opal Collins; and two brothers-in-law, Don Cook and Larry Dixon.
Ike is survived by one son, Randy Collins and wife, Sandy, Piqua, Kansas; one daughter, Kris Wallace and husband, Chris, Piqua, Kansas; one daughter-in-law, Susan Collins, Iola, Kansas; grandchildren, Luke Collins, Kylie Wallace, Staci Slater and husband, Adam, Miles Collins, Tyler Collins, Jordan Davis and husband, Charles, Abagail Lucas, and Kallan Lucas; great-grandchildren, Amyah Wallace, Isaiah Wallace, Zoey Stoll, Avyah Davis, Hayden Davis, Kelsey Davis, Mackenzie Davis, Callan Slater, and Maddie Slater; one sister, Martha Cook; one brother, Glenn Collins and wife, Connie; four brothers-in-law, Norb Eisenbart, Nick Lenning and wife, Carolyn, Fred Lenning, Brady Lenning; two sisters-in-law, Mary (Babe) Collins, Doris Hawkins; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. One very special four-legged friend, Billy Bob.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2018, in the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Iola, Kansas. A funeral service honoring Ike's life will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018, in the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Iola, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Iola Township Cemetery, located one mile east of Piqua, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, and may be left with Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, Iola, Kansas.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.