Bobbie Lee Collins, II of Kirksville, MO died April 17, 2018, at the age of 60, after a long illness.
Bobbie Lee Collins, II of Kirksville, MO died April 17, 2018, at the age of 60, after a long illness. The family is grateful for the care and personal attention received from Hospice of Northeast Missouri. It was Bob's request to be cremated, and have a Celebration of Life at a later date.
Preceded in death by his parents Bobbie Lee and Dorothy Jean (DesCamp) Collins; aunt Lillie Mae (Collins) McClanahan; uncle John B. Collins; and brother-in-law Max Snead, Bob is survived by his wife, Maurita Ann (LaFave), to whom he was united in marriage on August 29, 1980; daughter Teresa Ann, son-in-law Nick Woods, grandson Atticus Henry of Kansas City; brother David Lynn Collins (Janet Carrier) of Gibbs, MO; uncle Victor and Shirley DesCamp of Orofino, ID; numerous cousins of the DesCamp, Collins, and McClanahan families; and mother-in-law Maurita Rose LaFave, sisters-in-law Juanita LaFave (Dennis Pechota) & Geraldine (LaFave) Snead, and brother-in-law Ernie J. LaFave — all of Cleveland, OH area.
"Bobbie Lee" was born January 8, 1958, attended Kirksville public schools, and graduated high school Class of 1976. He attended NMSU (now Truman) until 1980, returning in 1985 to complete a Bachelor's Degree with double-major in Industrial Arts and Drafting Design. He is a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Delta Delta Chapter, inducted Brother Number 64 in 1977, and remained an active alumni member.
He was an employee at Clow Corporation of Oskaloosa, IA in 1980 and Black & Veatch engineering firm of Kansas City, MO in the 1990s.
The family resided in Kansas City, MO for 25 years, before Bob and Maurita returned to Kirksville in 2012.
Bob was a Cub Scout and Explorer's Club Scout; an outdoorsman through-and-through; and member of various hunting, fishing and trapping organizations. Bob would always come home with a story, even if there were no game. He believed in the values of learning, taught himself many things, and thus had a knack for helping you build and repair most anything.
Bob loved his family and always looked forward to picnics and reunions. He treasured his grandson "Henry" and time spent passing his knowledge and experiences on to him.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to his wife Maurita Ann Collins, to be distributed among Bob's favorite charities, and may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.