Roger Warren Collins passed away on April 15, 2019 at the age of 84.
He was the beloved husband of Adrienne Collins (Aguado) of Defiance, Missouri; He is survived by his one son, Roger A. Collins of Defiance, MO, seven daughters, Mary (Don) Ecsedy of Pittsburgh, PA, Ann (John) Schultz of Manchester, MO, Joanna (Peter) Gray of O'Fallon, MO, Elise (Jon) Joplin of Chesterfield, MO, Rosalie (Jeff) Akerson of Ballwin, MO, Sarah (Charles) Hill of Manchester, MO, Emily (John) Lucey of Manchester, MO; 21 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; many friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Elmo Wheeler Collins, mother, Effie Jean Collins (Sines), sister, Maryonne Jepson, sister, Helen Wade, sister, Marjorie Fago.
Roger and Adrienne were married on June 18, 1960 at St. Hedwigs Church in St. Louis and celebrated 58 years of marriage. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in New Melle, MO. Roger held a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Juris Doctor of Law, both from St. Louis University. He worked many years as an Electrical Engineer and Project Manager for Anheuser Busch and he was the owner/operator of Saft2004, LLC Construction; a construction safety consulting company working with OSHA. He worked at McDonnell Douglas on the Gemini Project in the 1960's. Roger loved Cardinals baseball, warm chocolate chip cookies, camping, and had a life-long love affair with trains and model railroading. He was a champion whistler and loved posting the Monday family report. He loved an ice cold Budweiser after mowing the lawn. If he was working in the yard he would stop when the church bells tolled at noon to say a "Hail Mary". He loved Sousa marches and Strauss waltzes. He enjoyed Civil War battlegrounds, research, long history books, family genealogy, long explanations, chess, and playing Minesweeper. He would drive miles out of his way to get a Ted Drewes chocolate malt. Most of all, Roger loved his wife and family and always had room to love more. He was a loving husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Visitation: Friday, April 29, 2019, 9 a.m. to time of Service at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8 W. Hwy. D, New Melle. Interment in the church cemetery.
As a polio survivor please consider donating to St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation or Iron Spike Train Museum in care of Pitman Funeral Home, P. O. Box 248, Wentzville, MO 63385