Roger B. Collins, 70, of Elizabethtown, passed from this life at 12:35 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at I.U. Health Methodist Hospital.
Mr. Collins was employed at Cummins Engine Company where he had been employed for 47 years and also kept busy with his rentals.
A graduate of Letcher High School in Letcher County, Kentucky, he never missed a day of school. During high school he was an outstanding punter for the school team.
He went on to serve his country in the United States Army, while he was serving in Korea he was brought back to the states to serve as a pallbearer for President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s funeral services. He was a member of Columbus First Assembly of God Church and the Landlord Association. He was a very modest, hardworking and selfless man. He was a devoted and proud Christian, a very loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid adventurer and loved cruises and was always including others to go along, he also enjoyed boating, fishing, camping and building things he built both homes they lived in.
The funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Columbus First Assembly of God Church 2100 10th St., Columbus, with Pastor Rick Glowacki officiating. Burial will follow at Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery with Military Honors presented by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Barkes, Weaver, & Glick Funeral Home on Washington St. and also from 12:30 p.m. to time of service Tuesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be given to Columbus First Assembly of God.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Collins family and a video tribute may be viewed at barkesweaverglick.com.
Mr. Collins was born in Sandlick, Kentucky on April 23, 1945, the son of Robert B. Collins and Myrtle Marie Collins. He married, Vera Greathouse on March 16, 1974, at Columbus First Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years; daugther, Gwen (Greg Challies) Collins of Columbus; grandchildren, Skyler Collins and Leilah Littiken of Columbus; siblings, Randall (Theresa) Collins of Richmond, Kentucky, Vaughnette Collins of Lexington, Kentucky, Larry (Catherine) Collins of Lexington, Kentucky, and Shelby Collins of Blackey, Kentucky; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Larry (Teresa) Greathouse of Hope, Ron Greathouse, Janice (Henley) Simmons, Retha Greathouse and Becky Hoang all of Columbus; a special niece, Christina Greathouse who thought of him as a father figure; a special great-nephew, Dylan Greathouse, his working buddy who meant so much to him; uncle, Cleve (May) Collins of Colly, Kentucky; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rodney Collins; twin brothers, Leslie and Lester Collins; father- and mother-in-law, Elmer and Laura Greathouse; and brother-in-law, Jerry Crider.