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James Elmer Collins, 81, of the Pittsville Community, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, at his home.

Jim was born September 20, 1939 in Welch, Oklahoma, the son of Curtis Elmer Collins and Vona “Opal” (Monroe) Collins. He worked at Dial Printing in Parsons, Kansas until 1976, at which time he moved to Kansas City and started working for General Motors. He retired from General Motors in 2005.

Jim enjoyed hunting, and was an avid fisherman. He also enjoyed cutting wood, tinkering, and going to sales and auctions.

Survivors include three sons, Marion Curtis Collins (Sara) of Lee’s Summit, MO; Matthew James Collins (Melissa) of Holden, MO; and Jason L. Collins of Independence, MO; girlfriend, Vicky Johnson; six grandchildren, Misty, Austin, Allison, Jonathan, Kaelee and Michael; two great-grandchildren, Ava and Carter, and another on the way; three sisters: Darlene Haws of OK; Betty St. Pierre of OK; and Brenda Davis of Higginsville, MO; two brothers, Larry Collins of OK and Bud Collins of OK; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Genalee; parents; three sisters, Nadine Rothrock, Peggy Olds and Lorraine Tinsley; and a brother, Bill Collins.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden, with Rev. Tim Whitmore officiating.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service Tuesday, at the funeral home.

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