Wayne F. (Rip) Collins
Wayne F. “Rip” Collins, age 82, died on November 5, 2014 at Agrace HospiceCare. Over the past 14 years, this lucky Irishman lived through complications from diabetes, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, hemophilia, heart attack and stroke. Born in Janesville on August 19, 1932 to Maud (Keyes) and Joseph E. Collins. He graduated from Janesville High School in 1952 and attended UW Madison before beginning his military service in 1953. He served with the US Army in Korea. Rip married Judy Kubitz on February 5, 1955 in Honolulu, Hawaii. They were blessed with four children: Caren (Michael) Whalen, CJ (Mary Ellen), Chris (Joan) and Craig (Beth). He was fondly known as “Grandpa Rip” by Lucy, Anthony, Connor, Joey, MacKenzie, Megan, Cora, Donovan, Grace, Whitney, Jasmine, Hannah, Paul, Maddie, Matt, Amy and Heath. He enjoyed watching them grow and savored any event they were a part of.
Rip loved his wife, his children, all the grandkids, golf, taking the back roads, music, feeding birds, and wearing whatever wacky outfit the situation called for. Everyone looked forward to those Christmas cards! He was a proud Packer owner and 25 year season ticket holder. Rip was the one you called for any repair. He “just needed the right tool.” He gave the best hugs.
He retired after 30 years at General Motors in Janesville. Whether in Janesville, Milton, Boiling Spring Lakes, N.C., Kohler or DeForest, Rip and Judy’s home was the place to be for laughter, food and conversation. When Rip was talking to you, you were the only person in the room.
He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren, by his sister-in-law Katchen (John) Ringelstetter, brothers-in-law Ken and Kit (Kate Edwards) Kubitz, and a number of very beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert Collins, sisters-in-law Grace and Marguerite Collins, two infant sisters, his in-laws, Rudy and Janice Kubitz.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Cty Hwy M, Middleton. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the monastery.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Agrace HospiceCare, UW Drs. Patel, Pankratz, Mulkerin, Callander, Paolone and the nursing staff. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Rip’s name can be made to Holy Wisdom Monastery – Friends of Wisdom Prairie Fund or Agrace HospiceCare.
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