Kenneth Wayne Collins

Kenneth Wayne Collins, 78, of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away May 28, 2013 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center after a short illness.

He was born January 24, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri, son of Clarence and Rosalia Collins.

Kenny is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna, sons, Ken, Jr, and Clifford, sister Judy McCullough of Dallas, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Kenny’s Life will be held at 1:30 pm, Saturday, June 1, 2013 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 6422 Santa Fe, Overland Park, KS 66202. A visitation will precede the service beginning at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the St. Mark’s food pantry, “Santa Fe Waystation”.


  1. Ty Hamilton on June 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    “Uncle Ken” had a wonderful sense of humor and a truly genuine personality. His smile was contagious and I can still hear his laughter even as I write these words. He will be sorely missed and always remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with Donna, Ken, and Cliff.

  2. April on May 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Donna, Ken, Cliff and Mom:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Uncle Ken and always had a good time with him. He always made me laugh but at the same time, had good, practical advice to give. He was also very compassionate when my dad died. I will never forget how he was there for us. He will be missed dearly. I have many fond memories of Uncle Ken I will always cherish.
    Much love and prayers…

  3. Tim Synek on May 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I worked with Ken for a few years at HarperCollins Publishers, and some of my favorite memories center around our stops at Peggy’s Restaurant in Collins, Missouri, for pie. Ken was a friend who was always laughing and joking, and he made you feel welcomed. He will be missed.

  4. Sally Williams on May 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I so enjoyed the times I got to spend with you and Kenny. He had such a warm rich energy and love of life. You found a wonderful man to build a family with. You are in my thoughts.

  5. Jeff Balcombe on May 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Donna, Ken and Cliff:

    I remember visiting over the years, and Kenny (Uncle Ken) was always so funny. He was constantly chuckling and joking. He had a witty sense of humor and was an encyclopedia of jokes. He could tell joke after joke, all of which he had perfect timing. I recall learning that he could speak Japanese and maybe even Russian (I could be wrong). The times I was around him, he always looked me in the eye, addressed me by name, and treated me as his own. I will miss him and know you will too.
    I encourage you to turn to our Lord and Savior during this time. He loves you and loves us all. I trust that he has welcomed Kenny home and is already chuckling along with him.

  6. Pam Egner on May 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Donna, I’m so sorry to hear about Kenny’s passing. He was so lucky to have you. You and your family are in my prayers.

  7. Leslie Geolas on May 29, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Donna I am so sorry for your loss. You seemed to have such a good relationship and you took such good care of him. I hope you take comfort in that.

  8. Marianne Glavinich on May 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Donna-I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. I will include his name and your family on the prayer list at our church. I’m sure you have many beautiful memories of your long years together. Hope to see you at the Celebration of his Life. Marianne Glavinich

  9. David E. Hamilton on May 29, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Ken is the brother I never had, but he became a brother to me. We shared our college experiences together for more than a year and remained the best of close friends long after. I learned the Russsian language from Ken and many other useful bits of knowledge and experience. He will continually remain an unforgettable chapter in my life that has been indelibly established in my heart.

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