Arthur A. Collins Jr. passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Sunday January 12, 2020. He was 85. Art spent most of his work life in finance and senior services, and helped found the first Shepherd’s Center in Kansas City, KS. He served as Vice President of the board of directors for 6 years. Art was Executive Director of the Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging from 1983 - 2004. During his last years before retirement, Art moved to the County Administrator’s office as Assistant County Administrator with oversight of seven departments including Aging Services, Human Services, Community Development and Public Transportation. He previously was a Senior Financial Analyst at Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO.
Arthur further served his community through a number of other boards and civic organizations including Rotary Club of KCK, Salvation Army Board, Wyandotte County Aging Services Coalition, REACH Advisory Board, The Optimist Club, tutor.com, National and Kansas Associations of Area Agencies on Aging, Lakeview Village Board and Stop Violence Coalition.
Art retired from the U.S. Air Force as a career veteran with the rank of Tech Sgt., and served abroad at Ramstein Air Base Germany, Goose Air Base Labrador, Canada, Orly Air Base Paris, France and others stateside. As a result, Art spoke German and some French. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service. Art went on to attain a Bachelor of Arts degree from Park College in Business Administration and Economics, and a Master of Arts degree from Webster College in Financial Management and Public Administration.
Art’s was a charismatic, kind-hearted and jovial spirit with an easy, hearty, resonant laugh. He was a well-respected leader in the communities and capacities he served and was an accomplished presenter. He brightened many lives with his humor and positivity. Art’s long-time church community was All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church where he served stints as president of the board, chair of the Social Responsibilities Board, member of the Racial Justice Committee, and was an avid participant in other committees, and church-affiliated community, equal rights, education, and justice projects and programs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Sr. and Velma, and five siblings, sister Betty, and brothers James, LeRoy Joe and Cecil. Arthur leaves to loving memory his wife and soul mate of many years, Connie, daughter, Alicia Brown (Earl) of Omaha, NE, brother Donnie Collins of Antioch, TN, granddaughter Jennifer Russell (Omaha), and grandson Jordan Hawthorne (Tasha), Omaha, six great grandchildren Aniah, Ahnica, Alahni (Omaha) Maurio (Omaha), Jayden (No. Carolina), and Somaya (Omaha); nieces Aqualine Collins-Peoples (Erskine) Hixson, TN, Tisia Thomas-Love, Chattanooga, TN, Gina Collins, Tampa, FL, Dorothy Grimes (Malvin) Chattanooga, Cindy Collins, Chattanooga; nephew Marcus Collins, San Diego, CA and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, family members, friends and associates.
The family will receive friends, 3:00-5:00 P.M., Sunday, January 19th, 2020 at the Mary Butler Meyers Funeral Home, 6300 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS. 66102.
A memorial service will be 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 20, 2020 at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St., Kansas City, Missouri 64111
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