In Loving Memory…

Willard E. Collins, Jr.

Willard Ervin Collins Jr., 84, of Sedalia, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

He was born June 10, 1934, in Sedalia, son of Willard Ervin Sr. and Elizabeth (Arvieux), Collins.

On December 24, 1953, in Sedalia, he married Betty A. (Hicks).

Willard worked for 45 years as a pipefitter for Local 533. He was a member of New Life Open Bible Church where he served on the board for eight years. He was a big NASCAR fan. He enjoyed fishing, deer and turkey hunting, and gardening. Willard was a very giving person.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, survivors include five children: Loretta Himes, Willard Eugene Collins III (Kathy), Richard Dean Collins (Elaine), David Collins and Dennis Collins, all of Sedalia; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, William; and nine sisters, Margie, Lillian, Esther, Mary Ann, Judy, Kathy, Betty, Carolyn and Nora.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Don and Kenneth; and a sister, Evelyn.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019, at Heckart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Randy Richards officiating.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.


  1. Diana M GARDNER

    I had not seen Williard in a few years, but he made a lasting impression on my memory. He used to come and visit us at Casey’s and, ON HIS OWN, he would help us stock up the coffee bar and make sure there was always a fresh pot. He also helped us when our truck came in. He also brought Betty in to see us. He will be missed but he will always be in MY memories.

  2. Samantha friend

    Im so sorry to hear about uncle willard thoughts and prayers sent thinking about u

  3. Willard was like a second father to me, helped guide my plumbing job on a new house and always kept his word if he told you something that’s the way it was.
    He will truly be missed by me.
    Rick Patton

  4. Linda C Davenport

    I am so sorry for your loss. He must have been a great man to raise such good children and grandchildren. He will surely be missed. My deepest sympathy at this hard time.

  5. I remember Willard and his family from my Casey days. You could just about set your clock by his daily appearance. Always enjoyed talking with him and unloading the truck with him. I teased him and called him old man. Well fly high old man. Prayers for the family. He will be missed.

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