Collins Jr., George "Crip" (June 15, 1924 - April 1, 1996)

George "Crip" Collins

Douglas Budget - April 10, 1996

Funeral services for George "Crip" Collins Jr., 71, were April 4 at the Glendo Community Church with Pastor Gordon Swedberg officiating.

Military graveside rites were conducted by American Legion John Prince Post No. 15. Interment was at the Horseshoe Cemetery in Glendo.

Mr. Collins died April 1, 1996, from a lung disease. He was at his home north of Glendo, a quarter mile from his birth home.

He was born June 15, 1924, the eighth son of George Martin and Queen Victoria (Caldwell) Collins. He was reared and educated in Glendo, graduating from Glendo High School in 1942.

He then enlisted in the Naval Aviation School and entered the Army Air Corp in August 1943. Crip was stationed in England during World War II. He flew 35 missions as a tail gunner in a B-17.

After the service, Crip returned to Glendo and worked on various ranches. He and Ruth Ann Carr were married Aug. 28, 1953. They lived in Glenrock for several years before returning to Glendo where he lived until his death.

He worked on the construction of Glendo Dam until its completion. He then ran his own construction company for a number of years, building homes and doing backhoe work. He then worked for the school as a bus driver and custodian for more than 20 years before retiring in 1986.

Mr. Collins spent many hours in his woodshop. His passion was replication of items from his childhood. He loved sports of all kinds, especially baseball which he played as a young man. In later years he started pitching horse shoes, competing in tournaments around the state and in the World Horse Shoe Tournament in Spearfish, S.D.

He was a long-time member of the American Legion Post in Glendo. Starting and participating in the local AA was a major part of his later life.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann of Glendo; sons Casey of Casper, Kenny of Wheatland and Woody of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother Roebuck Collins of Glendo; sisters Virginia Jenkins of Ventura, Calif., and Una Ann Ryff of Sacramento, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ross, Charlie, Fay, Bill, Henry, JB, Woodrow; sister Margaret; and daughter Cathy in 1964.

Serving as pallbearers were Jay Collins, Larry Collins, Ronald Collins, Dave Collins, Phil Collins and Lyle Smathers.

Memorials to the Glendo Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, P.O. Box 404, Glendo 82213, would be appreciated by the family.

Platte Funeral Chapel of Wheatland was in charge of the arrangements.

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