Kenneth R. Collins, 85, of Ord passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at his home in rural Ord.
Ken’s life will be celebrated by the family receiving friends on Thursday,
January 25, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Ord Memorial
Chapel. Graveside Military Honors will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the
Ord City Cemetery with the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion
Post #38 presenting Military Honors. A luncheon will be held at the
Ord Veterans Club following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials
are suggested to the Avenue of Flags or the Ord American Legion
Baseball. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth Randal Collins was born March 2, 1932, at Ord, Nebraska to Venard W.
and Alice (Mensing) Collins at Ord, Nebraska. Ken was raised in
Valley County where he attended Plain Valley Country School and
graduated from Ord High School in 1950.
In the early 50’s, Ken served overseas in the United States Army. On May 28,
1955, Ken was united in marriage to Barbara Philbrick at St. Louis,
Missouri. The couple lived their entire married life on the farm in
Valley County, northeast of Ord. Ken farmed; and raised cattle, sheep
and milk cows.
Ken served as a Valley County Supervisor from 1971-2006. He was a member of the
Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38; and was very active
in volunteering in the Legion Baseball Program and representing his
Country by marching in many local parades. Ken enjoyed playing pool
and along with his Dad, Venard they played horseshoes and competed in
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Barb of Ord; three daughters and two
sons-in-law, Sandy and Duaine Simpson, Carla (Mrs. Dan) Timmerman and
Shelley and Jerry Collier all of Ord; eight grandchildren and their
spouses, Tara and Lonnie Mundt, Ryan and Lacey Simpson, Holly and
Greg Harker, Scott and Jamie Simpson, Kelsey and Jesse Hurlbert, Shea
Timmerman, Kylee and Jared Hardy and Tyler and Chelsea Collier; and
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law, Dan Timmerman; and
an infant brother.