John R. Collins, 67, Vietnam vet, worked at Fenner Drives, coach, country musician, outdoorsman

By on May 25, 2016

John R. Collins, 67, of Manheim, died peacefully Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the Lebanon Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Paul and Jean Royer Collins. He was the loving husband of Jo Anne Nauman Collins, and they celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in March.

John served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and participated in the Battle of Khe Sanh. He was a Purple Heart recipient and a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

For more than 30 years he was employed by Fenner Drives in Manheim. A father figure for many, he was active with the Big Brothers Program and a coach for the Manheim Youth Baseball League. John was a member of the Manheim Athletic Association and for many years was a baseball official and wrestling referee. For many years John played in numerous country music bands throughout Lancaster County.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of the Dela-Ches Fishing Association. John enjoyed spending time with his friends, family and grandkids, going to the family cabin in Perry County and riding his motorcycle. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Retreads Motorcycle Club, Red Rose Riders, and the Hogs and Heroes Pennsylvania Chapter 2. John had a lifelong passion for his family and his many friends and was a true role model of a humble generous man who gave from his heart each and every day.

Surviving in addition to his wife: Jo Anne; is a son: Jonathan, married to Shannon Collins, Manheim; a daughter: Angela, married to Shane Barber, Lancaster; five grandchildren: Damon, married to Shannon Collins; Chance Barber; Kadance, John, and Alexandria Collins; one great-grandson: Jaren Collins; four brothers: Barry, married to Jane Collins, Bloomington, Ind.; Gary, married to Cindy Collins, Elizabethtown; James, married to Kathy Collins, Elizabethtown; and Jeff, married to Diane Collins, Ephrata; and a sister: Nyla Collins, married to Tina Cunrad.

He is preceded in death by a grandson: Austin Barber.

Services were held May 24 at Buch Funeral Home, Manheim. He will be interred at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Those who wish to attend should arrive at the Buch Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 25, at 12:15 p.m. The procession will leave promptly for an interment service to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in John’s memory to the Veterans Administration Medical Center Patient Care Fund, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042.

To send family online condolences, visit buchfuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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