Robert (Bob) W. Collins passed away peacefully on May 14, 2021. Bob brought comfort and joy to many special people in his life including Donna, his treasured wife and best friend, and devoted daughters Becki and Janni. Bob was a happy family man and proud of all his children. He was loved and admired by his six stepchildren and many grandchildren who are grateful for Bob’s presence in their lives.
He served our country in the U.S. Navy. Bob was an Active Duty and Reserve Navy officer for over 30 years. He lived by the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment, and exhibited respect and admiration for all those who served or are currently serving in the military. Bob also spent 30 years with General Mills and found many opportunities to talk about the artistry of flour milling.
Bob advocated for social responsibility and philanthropy. He was a founding member of Harvesters – The Community Food network whose mission is “… to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow”. He served on multiple non-for-profit boards including Ozanam. Bob believed volunteering was something you just do “…why wouldn’t you?”
Bob loved life. He and Donna created countless happy memories with family and friends at their Lake of the Ozarks home. He was known for long boat rides and enjoying an evening gin on-the-rocks while sitting on the dock. After two gins, he was likely to start singing California Berkley fight songs. Bob loved all things Kansas City Chiefs. As a loyal season ticket holder, he and Donna hosted many Arrowhead Stadium tailgates. Bob’s family is so grateful he was able to watch the Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV!
Bob was admirably open-minded. He appreciated balanced discussions on any topic and valued hearing differing perspectives. He embraced healthy disagreement as an opportunity to learn and grow.
He and Donna relished traveling and trying new adventures including living and working in Romania. Bob also treasured his daily routine of reading newspapers, magazines, smoking a late afternoon cigar and, of course, sipping on an evening gin.
Bob loved and was loved. He made this world a better place. In lieu of a memorial service, the family asks that you honor Bob through an act of volunteerism or a donation to Harvesters.