Floyd E.  Collins

Floyd E. Collins

Jun 1, 1926 - Apr 23, 2010
Floyd E. Collins, 83, of Arapahoe died Friday evening, April 23, 2010. Funeral services will be Friday, April 30, 2010, 10:00 a.m. at the Davis Funeral Home with Bishop Ken Kinner officiating. Burial will follow at the Collins Cemetery with military honors. A viewing will be Thursday evening from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Floyd E. Collins was born June 1, 1926 at Araphoe to Frances Elizabeth (Collins) Gibson. He attended school at Fort Washakie and Cleveland School at Arapahoe till the third grade. He continued at Arapahoe till the eight grade, graduating Riverton High School in 1944.

Mr. Collins was born at his ranch and lived there his entire life except while serving with the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946. He was stationed with the 13th Naval District at Moffet Field in Oakland, Calif.

On November 9, 1947, he married Helen Lorraine (Higgins) in Casper, Wyoming. She preceded him in death on July 30, 1999.

In 1965, Mr. Collins was one of the founders of the Wind River Mountain Men, who participated in the Inauguration of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

He was a recognized linguist of the Arapaho Language and was a highly respected speaker of the language. He was an active member of the Council of Elders, the Elks Lodge in Lander, and the Episcopalian Faith.

He is survived by two sons Garrett “Gary” Collins of Arapahoe, Rusty Collins and wife Kim of Arapahoe; daughter, Lenore Hanway; grandchildren, Taeha Collins and companion Vern Black, Brynn Meyer and husband Mark, Colby Collins and companion Jessie Diltz, Kiersten Collins and fiancé Travis Richards, Annie Newton and husband Caleb; great grandchildren Chanté Merrill and Kyle Heinrich.

He was preceded in death by his wife Helen; infant daughter Colleen Collins; grandmother, Edith Oldman Collins; mother, Frances Gibson; step-father, Fred Gibson; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial may be made to the Wind River Tribal College in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.