Kevin F. CollinsAugust 31, 1933 ~ July 19, 2017 (age 83)
Kevin F. Collins, 83, of Butler passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Kevin took great pride in his family and his work. He overcame alcoholism in the mid-1970s, which allowed him to truly experience and enjoy both. He always had a passion for reading, and he traveled far and wide with his wife, Pat, to visit family or to touch the places that he had read about—the Soviet Union, China, Egypt, Europe.
Kevin was born August 31,1933 in Kansas City to Frank and Marie Collins. He graduated from Rockhurst College with a degree in chemistry, and after a stint in the Army, he began his career with Armco in the Chem Lab at the Sheffield Steel division in Kansas City. He later moved to the Research Lab in Middletown, Ohio, before making Butler his home in the early 1960s. Kevin collaborated in the development of several new steel alloys and processes during his career. He eventually became the Senior Metallurgist at the Butler Works. He seemed to know everybody at the plant—not just each person’s name, but who they were related to and something about them beyond Armco.
Caring for his wife as she developed Alzheimer’s became Kevin’s focus late in life, even as his own struggle with Parkinson’s became more difficult. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pat, his brother, Con, his sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin (Laura), Brian (Margie), Bert (Angie), and Eric, as well as six grandchildren, Ryan, Erin (Keith Lemons), Sean, Kristen, Ana, and Grant. They are scattered throughout the US and abroad on any given day.
Family and friends will be received at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham St. Butler, PA 16001 from 6-8 pm Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Saturday at 10:00 am at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 432 Center Avenue Butler, PA 16001. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery.