Robert Collins

Robert Collins
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Robert E. “Bob” Collins, 84, of Swansea, IL, born December 9, 1931, in St. Louis, MO, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Bob grew up in St. Louis, MO, attended McKinley High School, and served in the U.S. Navy.  He began working in the grocery store business after returning home from service.  He worked for the Kroger Company in St. Louis, as an assistant manager at Centreville Tom Boy, and as a produce manager at Keck’s Super Market in O’Fallon, IL.  He then became a co-owner of Edgemont Super Market in East St. Louis, IL, and the Park Street Mini Mart in Waterloo, IL.

In 1982, Bob moved to San Antonio, TX, and was a manager for the Albertson’s super market chain.  He returned to the Belleville area in 1986, obtained his real estate sales license and insurance license, and worked in the Steve Knapp and Dave Slimack State Farm Insurance Agencies.  After his retirement, he worked part-time as a driver and activities assistant at St. Paul’s Home, and thoroughly enjoyed every day there.

Bob was an active member of Christ United Church of Christ, and loved planning and organizing events for his church family.  He was a member of the Morris Masonic Lodge #787 in Waterloo, IL, he was a past member of the director’s staff and the clown unit of the Ainad Shriners, and was a past-president of the Monroe County Shrine Club.  He was a past-president of the Meat Cutters Local #534 Retirees Club and a member of the American Legion Post #2007.

He enjoyed watching Cardinals baseball, his old cowboy shows, trips to the casinos, trips with the Retirees Club, and going to auctions.  Bob never met a stranger and will be sadly missed by family, friends, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Marie, nee Ross, Collins; an infant son, Craig Collins; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Charles and Lucille, nee Loos, Hatley; an infant sister; a son-in-law, Erick Shepheard; a sister-in-law, Willa Besancon, nee Hatley; and brothers-in-law, Bob and Bill Hatley, Warren “Buzz” Besancon, and Howard Spier.

He is survived and missed by his loving wife of 55 years, Ellen, nee Hatley, Collins, whom he married on November 5, 1960, in Dupo, IL;
one son, Steven Collins (Patti March); one daughter, Cindy Shepheard;
six grandchildren, Tiana Wilder, Nick Collins, Raven and Danielle Matusak,
Keaton and Tanner Shepheard;
one brother, Jerry Collins;
one sister, Blanche Casey;
two sisters-in-law, Charlene, nee Hatley, Spier,
and Mary Lou, nee Wilhite, Hatley;
and numerous other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ, to the Belleville Area Humane Society, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Christ United Church of Christ, 26 North 14th St., Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Celebration of Life memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Christ United Church of Christ, with Mr. Jonathan Tinge officiating. Private burial services will be at a later date.

Condolences Left For Robert Collins

Ellen, Deeply saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Aileen Neeley, Fults, IL, 62244

Our condolences to you and your family. Bob will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Len and Jan peak

Len & Jan Peak, Belleville, IL, 62223

Our condolence to the Family. My Father (Gil Schaub). Brother (David E Schaub) and I worked with Bob at Centerville Tomboy Store. We all enjoyed working with Bob everyday.

George G Schaub Sr., Belleville, Illinois, 62223


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