In Memory of

Rick Collins

Full Name: Rick L. Collins
Date of Birth: July 21, 1949
Date of Death: May 22, 2019
May 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Lewistown
Service Information:
May 29, 2019 - 10:30 AM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Lewistown

Lewistown- Rick L. Collins, 69, of Lewistown passed away at 11:35 PM Wednesday May 22, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born July 21, 1949 at Canton the son of Raymond L. “Bud” and Ruth L. (Whitehead) Collins. He married Connie Henry on June 1, 1973 at Lewistown. She survives along with two daughters, Stacie Tefft of DeSoto and Krissey (Mike) Greene of Chatham, one sister, Rosalind (Burton) Cooper of Brownsburg, IN; three grandchildren, Luke Greene, Colton Tefft and Eli Greene. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Rick was an International Communications Technician for Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years. He was a veteran and served in the US Navy. Rick was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown and the Lewistown American Legion Bishop Post 1.

Where do you start when it comes to honoring the life of Rick. His life began with horses and fast cars. If a horse couldn’t be broke, it came to him. At seventeen, he snuck 14 year old Connie into his 67 Nova, and a love story that withstood time began. Then his love for his daughters and sports combined he spent years coaching softball with Connie by his side. The friendships that were made became family and each and every one of his players became one of “his girls.”  Then came his boys, and he became Papa, the title he cherished the most. From riding a bike to driving a car, he taught them the lessons of life. His final chapter let him explore the countryside on his Harley with the Laid Back Riders, cheer on his Packers at Lambeau Field, and travel the country with Connie. He loved escaping the cold with a late life honeymoon every winter in Naples, FL with his Peaches, the love of his life.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday at the Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown with Pastor Penny Frame officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown with military services by Lewistown American Legion Bishop Post 1 and Lewistown VFW Post 5001. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM Tuesday at the memorial home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown or Lewistown American Legion Bishop Post 1. Online condolences may be made at  

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From: Lorenda SpilkerMay 24 2019 7:09PM
Our deepest condolences to Connie and entire family. From High School to the present whenever Rick saw you he would smile and say Hi. He shall be missed by many people. God bless each of you and know Rick will be watching over you all. Sincere Sympathy, Lorenda & Alvin Spilker.
From: Steve GrayMay 24 2019 7:12PM
So sorry Connie Ricks laugh was infections to all around him. Praying for you and the family.
From: Scott Riden FamilyMay 24 2019 7:54PM
Connie and girls. So sorry to hear of Ricks passing.  Prayers for all of you during this difficult time.
From: Don and Diane Nolan May 24 2019 9:14PM
Diane and I are overwhelmed with sadness by Rick's passing.   A very good friend for a long time has been taken away far to soon.  I can still remember Rick driving to Washington, IL to help us move into our first place after we got married.....Rick showed up with a horse trailer that he stayed up late the night before cleaning and cleaning.   What a great friend and person.
Jeannie....Please except our condolences.
From: Judy MartinMay 24 2019 9:19PM
Connie and family, deeply sorry for your earthly loss of Rick. Judy
From: Don and Diane Nolan May 24 2019 11:09PM
Connie.....I am so my earlier message I said Jeannie for some reason....again a little stunned.
Please accept my apology.
From: Chris Nienajadly/Jefferson Erskine May 25 2019 7:36AM
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
From: Tom & Dana Ford and familyMay 25 2019 10:47AM
So sorry to learn of Rick's passing.  Rick has given of himself to his family, friends and community in many ways.  Sorry that his time on earth has been cut short---I am sure he is enjoying his final reward
Our prayers to his family and close friends as they are the ones that are hurting more by his absence.
From: Roger and Vicki RawlingsMay 25 2019 12:53PM
Connie and girls we are so so sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. Even though we haven’t seen you for years, we have so many awesome memories of all those horse show years. We’ll never forget how ornery Rick could be and his unforgettable laugh! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rick was definitely one of a kind. ????
From: Larry SteachMay 25 2019 4:57PM
Have known Rick for many years. Goes back to the 60's when both our families were involved in showing horses. Throughout those years, as our parents were very good friends, seen Rick alot. As we grew older and went our separate ways, whenever I would see Rick, he was quick with a smile and a Hi Steachie. Rest in Peace, my friend.
From: Sharon Long HarklessMay 25 2019 5:50PM
The horse tales in heaven will be endless. My uncle, Chuck Shawgo an Rick will laugh an discuss a ton of old times. We've known each other since we were little kids and there was never a dull moment when he was around. Ornry as the day is long, but big hearted an kind as the universe. I'll miss coming across my ole buddy from time to time.....Connie, that huge hole in your heart will always be filled with memories and love.  Love and sympathy to all of Ricks  family.
From: John JanesMay 26 2019 9:01PM
Connie, so sorry for your loss. Best wishes to you and the entire family.
From: Bonnie HermannMay 27 2019 2:16PM
Dear Connie and Rosalind ...My heartfelt condolences to my cousin’s family.. thanks for the memories Rick.. oh what fun the Collins family had .. he will be missed by so many.. you are all in my thoughts and prayers..
love , Bonnie
From: Carl & Candy KleenMay 27 2019 10:03PM
Dear Connie.  I am still in shock.  We are so sorry to hear of Rick's passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Rick was such a great co-worker.  He will be missed by many!  We hope your wonderful memories will carry you through this difficult time.
From: Debby PowellMay 28 2019 11:01AM
There are no words for this difficult time for you ,family and friends except to express my heartfelt sympathy for you Connie, family and friends. Whenever I saw Rick he would always say hi and would smile. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.
From: IrisMay 28 2019 12:31PM
Connie and girls, I am deeply sorry for this difficult time you are going thru. Rick was one of a kind...always smiling and didn’t  know a stranger.  Hang on to those memories, they are dear. You are in my thoughts and prayers, my friend. God bless you and your family.
From: Michael HeffrenMay 28 2019 9:52PM
So sorry to hear of Rick's passing. Please accept our condolences for you and your family.
From: Michael HeffrenMay 28 2019 9:54PM
So sorry to hear of Rick's passing.
From: Vicki KuzniarMay 29 2019 9:53AM
My thoughts and prayers to you Connie and your family.  Gosh we had some fun times golfing and socializing back in the day.  Rick was the only guy I knew who could drop a put, with a giant putter, from 20 yards OFF the green!  Fun times.  Again my thoughts and prayers are with you all.  Take Care!
From: Cathy Ssipe GasparovicMay 29 2019 8:32PM
So sorry to hear of your loss.  Rick was nice to everyone. I know that he will be missed.  God Bless and Keep you and your family.

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