Archie F. Collins
1938 - 2021

Archie F. Collins

HOT SPRINGS | Archie F. Collins, 82, passed away Jan. 10, 2021, at the Seven Sisters Living Center in Hot Springs surrounded by his family.

Archie was born on July 25, 1938, to Archie and Wynfred Collins. After graduating from high school in 1956, he honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957 to 1959. After discharge he attended Chadron State College for one year before purchasing a ranch west of Hot Springs in 1960. While pursuing his life-long dream of ranching, Archie also worked at Evan Post and Pole in Pringle and the uranium mill in Edgemont. During his 55 years of ranching, he was also a Vermeer dealer for 40 years and a Dew-Eze dealer.

Archie was a proud member of the Fall River County Sheriff's posse, Minnekahta Fire Department, the Mason's and was an active board member of the NRCS.

Archie had many hobbies he enjoyed pursuing over the years. He was well known for participating in the practical jokes that were commonplace at the uranium mill. He enjoyed hunting with his friends and family. He also enjoyed dancing, roping, horseback riding, and driving a team of horses. He enjoyed spending time with Jeff and Levi teaching them the game of football and sharing his love of ranching. He took great pleasure in watching his grandchildren participate in sports and all other activities.

Archie is survived by his son, Jeff (Stacie) and their children, Levi (Ryan Eve) and Britny; his step-son, Joe (Andrea) Fiala and their children, Kirstyn (Josh) and Megan; and his sister, Mary Kay Novotny and her children, Mark, Cindy, and Carl.

Archie was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Wynfred Collins and his brother-in-law, Larry Novotny.

A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Chamberlain McColley's Funeral Home in Hot Springs.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, at Chamberlain McColley's Funeral Home in Hot Springs, with interment immediately following at the Collins Family Cemetery.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley's Funeral Home in Hot Springs.

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Published by Rapid City Journal on Jan. 12, 2021.
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My sympathy to you in the loss of a wonderful man and friend.
Charlene Turner
January 17, 2021
Sorry to hear about Archies passing. I went to school with him at Chadron State and worked with him at Mines Development for a number of years. I always enjoyed being around him. My prayers are with the family.
Gary Cummings
January 12, 2021
Enjoy taking care of u. Even in bad times. Will miss that smile and laugh. Love u Archie I will miss you.
January 12, 2021