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Bobby Dean “Bob” Collison

June 28, 2014

Bobby Dean Collison, 89, went to be with the Lord on June 29, 2014. He was born March 30, 1925 in Buffalo, Kan. He was preceded in death by his father Floyd Richard, mother Delores Maxine Collison (nee Blackwood), Sister Barbara Floy Brown, wife Nancy Collison (nee Covington). He is survived by his daughters Michele Bush and Nina Danowski, son Michael Collison; grandchildren Christina (Edward) Burns, Bryanna (Benjamin) Garcia, Kayla Bush, Daniel Bush, Christine (Jeff) Croxell; great grandchildren Alexis and Keagan Bush. Bob served in the United States Navy and the United States Air Force, achieving Second Lieutenant rank. He attended The University of Kansas, receiving his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. He made a career as an aircraft engineer, working for McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, Beech Aircraft Corporation and Boeing. He worked on the 747, 737, Airforce I and other classified projects. In his youth, Bob was an accomplished musician and won honors in state music contests both with his violin and on the sousaphone. Bob loved a great game of bridge. He was a life-long learner and bread maker. Bob was an active member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church and loved his church family. Bob delighted in serving in various capacities during church services – whether as altar boy or member of the vestry. Bob was the designated cake baker for the Episcopal Social Services.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 5 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church.

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