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Larry Lee Collins Obituary


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“Dear Collins Family, Sorry to hear about Coach. I had a great time playing for him and becoming friends with Jock and Rip. He was the greatest...Read More »
1 of 49 | Posted by: Jon - Brownsburg, IN

“Dear Collins Family, Sorry to hear about Coach. I had a great time playing for him and becoming friends with Jock and Rip. He was the greatest...Read More »
2 of 49 | Posted by: Jon - Brownsburg, IN

“I was a student of Mr. Collins at Delaware in the early 1970's. He was a great teacher and mentor to me. He encouraged me greatly (especially in...Read More »
3 of 49 | Posted by: Mike Zikmund - New Orleans, LA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Collins' family. Sincerely, Glen ”
4 of 49 | Posted by: Glen - Evansville, IN

“My friends Rip, Jock, and the entire Collins family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am deeply sorry for not being able to make it to...Read More »
5 of 49 | Posted by: Terry MacCauley - St. Charles, MO

“Collins Family - We will miss "the Devil" but have many memories - both coaching, officiating, and teaching with Becky's Aunt Jean at Delaware. You...Read More »
6 of 49 | Posted by: Bill & Becky Nimnicht - IN

“I am sorry for your loss, and sorry I was out of town and was unable to attend services. The years I have umpired as EAST was highlighted by meeting...Read More »
7 of 49 | Posted by: Scott Winstead - Evansville, IN

“Dear Rip, Jock, and Family; My sympathies to you and your family. At eight years old I remember waiting for the phone call. It was a...Read More »
8 of 49 | Posted by: Chris Hoke - Evansville, IN

“It was for the love of the game that he became our coach and our friend. It was the lessons in life, he taught on and off the field, that we will...Read More »
9 of 49 | Posted by: - Evansville, IN

“I was very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Though I haven't seen Larry for many years, I have fond memories of our days playing football and...Read More »
10 of 49 | Posted by: Russ Grieger - Charlottesville, VA

“So sorry for your loss. Mr. Collins was a great teather at Delaware School (in the latter 60's). He sometimes co-taught PE with Mrs. Christine...Read More »
11 of 49 | Posted by: Carol Ann Myers - Evansville, IN

“Lainie and family: I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I just heard about it today, 07/24/09. I wish I had known sooner so that I could...Read More »
12 of 49 | Posted by: Pamela S Johnson - Evansville, IN

“Dear Collins Family, My dad and I had intentions of making it to the funeral Thursday, but my grandpa went into the hospital on Wednesday night. ...Read More »
13 of 49 | Posted by: Bo McFall - Evansville, IN

“my thoughts and prayers go out to the collins family. larry was a bright shining star the helped many young boys get to know and understand the...Read More »
14 of 49 | Posted by: matt stieler - fort myers, FL

“Dear Collins Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My nephew, "Bag" played for Coach Collins. I went to most of his games and I was always...Read More »
15 of 49 | Posted by: Marcia Keating - Boonville, IN

“Collins Family, My deepest sympathies to all of you. Larry will be missed dearly. I have so many fond memories of being around and playing ball for...Read More »
16 of 49 | Posted by: John (Bear) Grismore - KY

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Larry was a good friend for many years and a mentor. He taught me so much about what coaching was truly...Read More »
17 of 49 | Posted by: John MacCauley - Evansville, IN

“My deepest condolences go out to the Collins family. I spoke to Larry briefly on the phone on July 4th weekend and it was great to hear his voice...Read More »
18 of 49 | Posted by: Chris Jenkins - Birmingham, AL

“Growing up, Larry was one of us. I always looked for him at the track when I came home. We had lot's of good times together in high school. I...Read More »
19 of 49 | Posted by: Joe C Ncholson - Carlsbad, CA

“I am sorry I was not able to make it to the funeral home. I am still at FT. Campbell on my Summer camp of Guard duty. My sincere sympathy goes out to...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Matt Atherton - Evansville, IN

“Larry has been a model for showing us all the 'way home'. His beautiful life of giving to kids and his courage in facing his illness were inspiring....Read More »
21 of 49 | Posted by: Sarah Bellamy Larson - Asheville, NC

“Dear Collins family, I always remember Mr. Collins with a smile and a wink for everyone that walked by him. What a wonderful tribute the little...Read More »
22 of 49 | Posted by: Kristin Brubaker Poister - CO

“Dear Collins Family,I am so sorry for your loss. I taught with Larry for a number of years at Caze and witnessed first hand how much he cared for...Read More »
23 of 49 | Posted by: Julie Lauer - Evansville, IN

“Donna, Lainie, Laurie; Please accept my condolences. I'm so glad they named the park for him and he knew it! So many times, it's the other way...Read More »
24 of 49 | Posted by: Patty Pry - Evansville, IN

“Dear Collins Family,We are sorry for your lost. All of our lives are better for knowing Larry. He was an amazing man. He will be greatly missed. Rest...Read More »
25 of 49 | Posted by: Sandra Siegel - Evansville, IN

“"Some people come into our lives move our souls to dance and awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people...Read More »
26 of 49 | Posted by: Lee Griggs - Evansville, IN

“To the entire Collins family,I'm so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Larry and the entire family from all of the years Lainie and I...Read More »
27 of 49 | Posted by: Melissa (Behme) Mauser - IN

“Dear Donna, Laurie, Lainie, Jock, Rip and families, Fred joins me in sending our love and deepest sympathies to all of you. Larry was a remarkable...Read More »
28 of 49 | Posted by: Sharon Brubaker - Pennington, NJ

“Mr. Collins was a great coach and a true original. Through his leadership he fostered a positive, family atmosphere on his teams. I can't believe it...Read More »
29 of 49 | Posted by: John - Lakeland, FL

“We will always have fond memories of Mr. Collins as a coach and more importantly as a caring person. His family will be in our thoughts and prayers....Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: Kyle - Evansville, IN

“I'm so sorry to hear that Mr. Collins has passed away. He was my teacher at Delaware Grade School in the 70's. He was loved by all the students! I...Read More »
31 of 49 | Posted by: Lisa - Evansville, IN

“Peace, prayers and blessings to the Collins' family. ”
32 of 49 | Posted by: Betsy (Hopkins) & Matt Bowers - CA

“Donna, Laurie, Lainie, Jock, Rip, spouses and families -I share your lost. Since elementary school Larry Lee has been my life long friend. We shared...Read More »
33 of 49 | Posted by: GARY LEE GRAY - LOUISVILLE, KY

“Please accept our condolences.Larry and I spent many hours playing ball at Dexter. Larry went on to Bosse and I to Memorial, however we remained...Read More »
34 of 49 | Posted by: Bob Longtine - Naperville, IL

“I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Coach Collins. His contributions to this community are unparalleled. My brothers and I...Read More »
35 of 49 | Posted by: Jason Engelbrecht (Fast Man) - IN

“I was so sad to hear the news. Mr. Collins brought many smiles to all of us and he will be deeply missed by many. Please know your family is in my...Read More »
36 of 49 | Posted by: Julie Brubaker - Highlands Ranch, CO

“I am so sorry to learn of Larry's passing. He touched many, many people throughout his life and left a common mark on all of us - his infamous touch...Read More »
37 of 49 | Posted by: Tamara Grismore - Indianapolis, IN

“Donna and family, Cecelia joins me in expressing our condolences to all of you on the loss of Larry. It was always a joy to see his smiling face...Read More »
38 of 49 | Posted by: Jay Fredrich - Little Rock, AR

“Collins FamilyAll our prayers and thoughts go out to you. Larry Lee will be missed. He was a good friend and a fine person. He will be missed by...Read More »
39 of 49 | Posted by: Pat and Mickey Flynn - Evansville, IN

“Dear Family,Your dad will certainly be missed by many people. It has been too long since we last caught up, but I will always remember your dad's...Read More »
40 of 49 | Posted by: Mark Brubaker - Southbury, CT

“Donna and Family, please accept our sincere wishes of sympathy and condolences at Larry's passing. We appreciated your family's hospitality on...Read More »
41 of 49 | Posted by: Steve and Kay West - Owensville, OH

“The Devil aka ,Larry Collins was very special to me. A brother offical and yes some great stories, to a coach and a great one,hunter ah yes a fair...Read More »
42 of 49 | Posted by: steve bagbey - evansville, IN

“My deepest Sympathy to Coach Collins family.Keep that glove down and butt down.Greg "Frog" Frasier ”
43 of 49 | Posted by: Greg Frasier - evansville, IN

“Dear Collins family,We wanted to express our deepest sympathy during this difficult time.We have extremely fond memories of Larry and his association...Read More »
44 of 49 | Posted by: John and Lisa Hoffman - IN

“Our deepest Sympathy to all of Larry's family and friends. He will be deeply missed. Larry toouched so many lives and he will never be forgotten. EYB...Read More »
45 of 49 | Posted by: Greg & Lisa Scheller - Evansville, IN

“Donna and Family,I am very sad over your loss of Larry, my friend for 55 years.I will always remember our baseball games at Dexter, hitchhiking home...Read More »
46 of 49 | Posted by: Bob and Christine Engelbrecht - NC

“Fuzzy, thanks for the memories, Dexter Grade School, Bosse High School, Florida Southern University.Fitz ”
47 of 49 | Posted by: Jim Fitzgerald - Indianapolis, IN

“Deepest sympathy to Larry's family on his passing.We were friends during high school and college.He was a fierce competitor(Bosse)on the basketball...Read More »
48 of 49 | Posted by: Tom and Pat Langley - Georgetown, TX

“I want the family to know that Larry's legacy lives in all of us who learned the game from him, and he will live forever as his teachings will be re...Read More »
49 of 49 | Posted by: Samuel - Evansville, IN


Larry Lee CollinsLarry Lee Collins, 68, passed away on Monday, July 20th at his home aftera battle with Cancer. Larry was born August 6, 1940 to Larry Leo and Madonna, who preceded him in death. He was a Bosse High School graduate and attended Florida Southern University, where he joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity before returning home to Evansville College to complete his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education.Larry taught Physical Education at both Delaware and Caze Elementary schools and was a long time member of the Southern Indiana Officials Association where he officiated both basketball and football at the high school level. Larry worked at Ellis Park for many years during the horse racing season. He devoted 44 years to Evansville East Little League Baseball where he could be found most days since his retirement 14 years ago. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Donna, and his four children and their spouses, Laurie (Pumpkin) and Chuck Spagnoli, Lainie (Bird) and Michael Campbell, James (Jock) and Jill Collins, Matthew (Rip) and Shelby Collins. Larry was known as 'Pops' to his grandchildren; Haley (Bess), Evelyn(Chick), MaryLouise (Sis), Robert (Mic), Nicholas (The Saint), Joey (Nails), Leo (Cleat), Clara Kate (CeCe), Baby Collins (#9 due January). Services will be held Thursday, July 23, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville, IN, with Father Tom Kessler officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 22, 2009, from 2:00 - 8:00 pm at the funeral home The family would like to extend much appreciation to St. Mary's, Dr.Titzer and staff at OHA, and his primary care givers, friends, Smokey Weber and Steve Hopkins, and Cindy Goodwin and Rhonda Reiner of Vista Care.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Evansville East Little League Baseball, 7836 East Cherry Street, Evansville, IN 47715 Condolences may be made to the family online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com.

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