Richard J. Collins (1956 - 2012)


INDEPENDENCE– Richard J. Collins, 57, of Waterloo and formerly of the Independence area, died Thursday, March 8, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.
Richard was born on Dec. 21, 1956, in Independence the son of Kenneth L. and Betty J. (Barske) Collins. Several years later Richard's mother Betty died and he was raised by his grandparents and then by his Aunt and Uncle, Mildred and James Egan until he entered the group home. Richard lived in group homes in Independence, Oelwein, and Delhi prior to entering Country View Care Center near Waterloo.
He is survived by cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, with Rev. William Black officiating. Burial will be in the Wilson Cemetery, Independence. Friends called from 8 a.m. to services Monday at the funeral home.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Mar. 14 to Mar. 31, 2012