Campbell Wayne Collins
Campbell “Cam” Collins was born June 14th, 1946 in Oregon, MO. He passed away March 26, 2020 at The University of Kansas Medical Center. Cam was 73 years old.
Cam Collins was the son of Campbell Charles and Gladys Irene Collins. Growing up in rural Nodaway County, he enjoyed spending time with his siblings, hunting, fishing and working on the farm with his uncle. He graduated from Maitland High School in 1964 where he played basketball, continuing to play in college. In 1965, Cam was drafted into the United States Army where he served as a dispatcher in Germany. He was honorably discharged from the Army in February 1968 and married his wife, Connie Lowrance (52 years). He liked to say they wed “before his feet hit the ground.” After the Army, Cam began a long career in the lumber industry. In 1978, the start of a long tenure at Plattsburg Lumber and Hardware brought Cam and Connie to Plattsburg. In 2003, Cam took a position at Schutte Lumber Company in Kansas City. He finished up his working years at Schutte Lumber as the Head Purchasing Agent. Throughout his career, Cam enjoyed meeting and helping his customers. Many became lifelong friends.
Cam believed that all citizens should contribute to making their community a better place and was always lending a helping hand around Plattsburg. He volunteered for the PHS Booster Club, Methodist Men’s Club, Plattsburg Fire Dept. and PHS football chain gang - just to name a few. He helped with everything Connie did while teaching at PHS for 30+ years. He served as an alderman for the City of Plattsburg for 30 years. Cam was an officer and member of VFW Post 97. He spent every Memorial Day placing flags on the graves of veterans with his grandsons. He also made it a priority to hand make headstones for those that were without. An avid golfer, he played until he was physically unable to do so. Along the way he attained two holes in one! More than anything else, Cam enjoyed attending the sporting events of his kids and grandkids. He proudly watched hundreds of wrestling matches and thousands of baseball innings, interjecting his opinions to the officials (just a few times).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Campbell C. and Gladys (Montgomery) ; and sister, Lavonna Russell.
Survivors include his wife, Connie; Children: Cami Aebersold (Nick Ward), Clint Collins (Julie); Christopher and Casey Collins, Collin and Coby Aebersold, all of Plattsburg and Alex Ward of Brookside, MO; brother: Herman Collins (Connie) Independence, MO; sisters: Ramona “Cookie” Shields, Mound City, MO; Lynett Bingaman, St. Joseph, MO; aunt: Wanda Killian, New Point, MO; several nieces, a pack of wild nephews, and more extended family.
Farewell services to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Broadway Methodist Church, Plattsburg Senior Center, or Plattsburg Food Pantry. Arrangements Bailey & Cox Family Funeral Service Plattsburg, Missouri. Online guest book and obituary at www.baileycox.com.