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Lawrence L. "Larry" Collins

15 February, 2009 by troy glidden

Mr. Lawrence Lee Collins, 86, of Lindsborg, and formerly of McPherson, passed away at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, February 15th, 2009 at Bethany Home, Linsborg, Kansas.

Lawrence Lee Collins was born September 29, 1922, in Aurora, Kansas. He was the second child of Lawrence and June Hazel (Larkins) Collins. He was baptized into the Catholic Church in Aurora. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Eldon Francis Collins; and his daughter Laurie Joan (Collins) Lindfors.

Lawrence Lee attended grade school in Aurora. When he was thirteen the family moved to Concordia, and he graduated from Concordia High School in 1940. He worked as a grocery clerk at Johnson’s Grocery in Concordia during high school and until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was sent to the Bethany College campus for Civilian Pilot Training in the fall of ‘42. While there Larry dated Joan Okerlind from McPherson. However, more flight training took him to many locations across the U.S., and he and Joan lost contact. Larry graduated from flight school in January 1944. Then, through a mutual acquaintance, he and Joan became reunited. They were married in Trinity Lutheran Church August 19, 1945. The couple was stationed a few more places before Larry received his discharge in the fall of 1945, having attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant. They moved to McPherson, Kansas, and to this union three daughters were born: Julie Ann, Melinda Lee, and Laurie Joan.

Larry attended McPherson College on the GI Bill. He graduated from McPherson College in 1950 with a B.S. Degree in Business. During this time he was a pilot for San Ore Construction Company of McPherson and also flew a newspaper route over north McPherson County, dropping Sunday papers to farms, often landing them right on the front porch. Larry also worked as a house painter, a clerk at Firestone, and for Dillon's Food Market. In 1952 he began working for Farmers Alliance in McPherson. As a claims adjuster his job necessitated moving the family to Colby, Kansas, in 1952, then to Manhattan, Kansas, in 1954, to start branch offices for Alliance in those areas. In 1958 the family returned to McPherson when Larry became General Claims Manager in the home office. He retired as Sr. Vice President, in Charge of Claims, in 1987, after 35 years with Alliance Insurance Company.

Larry was active in the community, being a member of the American Legion Post 24, Rotary, Masons, Isis Shrine of Salina, SCORE of Small Business Advisers chapter 542, Memorial Hospital Board, the Opera House Preservation Society, and McPherson Historical Society. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church for nearly sixty years, serving several terms on Council and on various committees.

Larry enjoyed doing yard work, home maintenance, playing golf, and walking his dog, until his sight began to fail at the age of 81. He was a devoted husband and father, steadfast in the care of his family. His ability to visualize, draw, and build things was a trait he passed on to all his daughters and many of their children. His ability to imitate people’s walks and mannerisms was an amusing trait he passed on to his daughters, especially Laurie, and to his grandchildren. He was kind and soft-spoken, with a twinkle in his light blue eyes. For many years he had a little dog, Pippin, of which he was very fond. He also liked horses and western music, though not many people knew that.

From Larry and Joan’s 50th Wedding Anniversary tribute written by their daughters: “They made a wonderful home for us. Through our growing up years we felt secure, safe, supported, and defended. They were there for us when we got up, when we came home from school, when we went to bed, when we were sick. We were taught to live by the Ten Commandments and to love all God’s creatures…When we were young we had no air-conditioning and no TV so Daddy took us for rides in the car in the evenings and got us ice cream cones. He read us the funnies and played Tinker Toys with us…Every Saturday night he polished our shoes and filled our offering envelopes for Sunday School …He took us sledding and built us stilts, taught us how to wash the car, and, when the time came, how to drive…how to draw plans for a house, lay bricks for a sidewalk, paint rooms, paint a house.” When his daughters were grown, Larry helped them with many projects, and willingly gave them advice when asked. They will miss him greatly.

Larry died peacefully and entered into eternal rest on Saturday, February 15, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at Bethany Home, Lindsborg, Kansas. He had attained the age of eighty-six years.

The daughters and their families:
Julie (and Ronald Reno)
Tasha and Marlin Hickert; Henry, Ivan, Grace; Hutchinson, KS
Lindy Reno; Amethyst Kate; McPherson, KS
Julie and Allen Baldwin
Chris and Christine Baldwin; Nat, Fin; Melbourne, Australia
Clark and Meagan Baldwin; Jenna, Callan; Newton, KS
Melinda Sloup (and Roderick Sloup)
Andrew and Wendy Sloup; Taylor, Jackson, Josh, Justin; Olathe, KS
Adam and Michelle Sloup; Kaleb; Liberty, MO
Aaron and Kayla Sloup; Prairie Village, KS
Laurie and Allan Lindfors
Eva and Ryan Allen; Sophia; Las Vegas, NV
Noah Lindfors; Lindsborg, KS

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. with family present at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas.

The funeral service will be conducted by Pastor Thomas J. Hallstrom and Pastor Bill Buschbom at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2009 at Trinity Lutheran Church in McPherson, Kansas. The congregation will sing Hymns # 781 “Children of the Heavenly Father,” # 638 “Blessed Assurance” and # 773 “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Linda Jones, organist.

Final resting place will be in the McPherson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

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För en tid sedan så var det en begravning av Lawrence L. Collins hos er, dottern till Lawrence, Julie Baldwin skulle jag vilja komma i kontakt med. Om ni skulle kunna skicka detta meddelande vidare till Julie för jag har upplysningar om hennes rötter på hennes mors sida i Sverige.Vi kommer från samma släkt. Jag har forskat i mina rötter och hittade då släktskapet med henne.
Hennes mors farmor kommer från Sverige, Emma Augusta Johansson (Falk), 1855-06-26. Hon är en släkting även till mig.
Tackar på förhand.

Björn Falk

Could you please help me!

Some time ago there was a funeral of Lawrence L Collins that took place at your firm. The doughter Julie Baldwin is the person I would like to come in contakt with. I have search after mine ansesters and fined that she is a relativ of mine. I would like to shere information with her about her ansesters from Sweden. Her grandmother Emma Augusta Johansson (Falk) born the 26 of jun 1855 is a relativ even to me.
If you would be so kind to send this message to her. So that if she is interested in knowing about her ansesters she can kontakt me by e-mail above.
I am so gratfull for your help!
Björn Falk
Sjömansv 4
S-15138 Södertälje, Sweden

Posted By Kris (Henry) Sandwell on 17 February, 2009
Joan and family -- my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. I will always have fond memories of Larry from Farmers Alliance and church. May God be with you as you travel this road.

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