2008-04-26 / Obituaries

Robert G. Collins

A memorial service celebrating the life of Bob Collins, 83, of Buckeye Lake, was held April 22, 2008, at the Cotner Funeral Home in Reynoldsburg with Bobby Dye leading the service and Bob McPherson sharing a lifetime of memories.

Bob died Thursday, April 17, 2008, after an extended illness. He was born December 19, 1924, in Columbus, son of the late Joseph and Clara Collins.

He was a graduate of East High School, Class of 1942. Bob served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He received a Letter of Commendation from the Admiral of the Pacific Fleet for his role as a radio specialist in the Wolf Pack Submarine fields at Guadalcanal. Bob was serving on the U.S.S. Missouri when Japan surrendered.

Bob was a purchasing agent for Owens-Illinois for 17 years and at Diamond Power for more than 20 years. In his more than 37 years of employment, Bob missed only one-half day of work.

In his younger days, Bob served as a Captain for the Star Boat Line at Buckeye Lake. Large crowds would gather to watch Bob and wife, Mary Lou, dance at the Buckeye Lake Crystal Ballroom. In his later years, Bob served for many years as the membership chair for the Cranberry Bay Homeowners Association.

Bob was an avid OSU fan. He enjoyed golf; Daytona Bike Week and fishing off his dock in Buckeye Lake and in Canada. Bob brought a lot of joy to his friends and family through his humor.

He is survived by his son, Robert D. (Deborah) Collins of Grove City; daughter, Tamara L. (Cris) Benge of Gahanna ; grandsons, Robert J. "Chip" Collins of Orlando, FLand Zachary Benge of Santa Barbara, CA; and brother, Wally (Mona) Collins of Columbus; special friend, Peggi Higginbotham of Powell; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Mary Lou Hulbert; and two brothers, Swede Collins and Gene Collins.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.cotnerfuneralhome. com.

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