TERRE HAUTE —
Paul Eugene Collins, 68, of Terre Haute, passed away at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Union Hospital. He retired from Ulrich Chemical Company after many years as an over-the-road truck driver. He was born Dec. 16, 1944, in Terre Haute, to Jonathan E. Collins and Lucille Collins. His wife, Marjorie Collins, whom he married Dec. 8, 1965, preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 2013.
Survivors include three sons, Paul E. “Skip” Collins Jr. and wife Jayne-Ani, Tony Bradford Collins and wife Amy, and Kevin Lee Collins and wife April, all of Terre Haute; seven grandchildren, Joshua Stephen Collins, Kayla Jane Collins, Tony Bradford “Brad” Collins Jr., Taylor Levi Collins, Keegan Lee Collins, Zachary Eugene Collins and Gaige Ethan Collins; his stepmother, Arselia “Gene” Baird Collins; seven brothers, Fred Collins (Shirley), Ralph Collins (Linda), and Stanley Collins (Sue), all of Crawfordsville, Duane Collins (Debbie) of Covington, Harold Dean Collins (Betsy) of Casey, Ill., Otto Collins (Donna) of Indianola, and Ernie Smith (Jackie) of Terre Haute; four sisters, Jeanette Anderson (George) of Danville, Ill., Bethe Collins of Centralia, Ill., Carol Johnson of Walnut Hill, Ill., and Karla Stewart (John) of West Frankfort, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Darrell Cunningham of Covington; several aunts and uncles; a multitude of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Paul was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ashley Anne Collins; his parents; two brothers, Robert E. Lee Collins, and James Frederick Collins; and four sisters, Naomi Collins, Nancy Mehwinney, Mary Griffin, and Lois Cunningham.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972. Paul enjoyed restoring old tractors and attending shows with his brothers. He also enjoyed tinkering with old cars and motors.
Funeral services for Paul will be 12 noon Saturday May 18, 2013, in Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 N. 3rd St., West Terre Haute, with Pastor Billy Henry officiating and military rites by V.F.W. Post 972. Cremation has been scheduled after all services. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, and prior to services Saturday, May 18, 2013.