Lawrence T. Collins
The funeral service for Lawrence T. Collins, age 72 of Faith, were held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Faith Legion Hall in Faith, South Dakota. Pastor Harold Delbridge will officiate with burial in the Faith Cemetery.
Serving as casketbearers are Randy, Ty, Dillon, Matthew, Cory, and Chet Collins, and Josh De La Rosa. All of Lawrence's family and friends are considered Honorary Bearers.
A memorial has been established to the Faith Community Action Team.
Lawrence Thomas Collins was born on March 6, 1940 at Opal, South Dakota to Thomas and Stella (Hart) Collins. Lawrence attended various country schools through the 8th grade. He then worked for various ranchers until moving to Faith where he worked for Ernie Gottschalk.
On August 20, 1966, Lawrence married Myrna Hoffmann in Faith, SD. They then moved to the Hills where Lawrence worked for Homestake in Lead. After an injury, they returned to Faith in 1967 and began working for Mr. Gottschalk again.
In 1973, Lawrence started his own business, Collins Radio & TV Repair. If it could be fixed, Lawrence was the guy to call. He will be remembered for his quick grin, facial expressions, and especially his "snicker" when plotting a practical joke.
Lawrence passed away on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Surviving family members include his wife, Myrna, Faith, SD; daughter, Nova Collins of Redfield, SD; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Shannon Collins of Gillette, WY; his four grandsons, Randy Collins of Gillette, WY; Ty and Dillon Collins of Bison, and Matthew Collins of Redfield; two sisters, Margie Persicka of Sturgis, SD; and Bertha De La Rosa of Dallas, SD; and two brothers, William Collins of Belle Fourche, and Larry Collins of Isabel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Alvin, Steve, Lloyd, and Dwight, and one sister, Irene.
Visitation was from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and 10:00 to 11:00 on Friday at the Faith Area Memorial Chapel in Faith.