Larry Eugene ‘Pappy’ Collins

Larry Eugene ‘Pappy’ Collins passed away peacefully in his sleep September 24, 2021.  Well-known fixture in the Lake Chelan Valley that brought many a smile to the faces of all who knew him. He was a father, grandfather, brother, cousin, decorated Army and Navy veteran and friend that will be greatly missed.

Born June 6, 1949, in Chelan, Washington to Fred and Vera Collins. Larry was raised and attended school in Manson. Being an avid athlete, he won various awards in wrestling, football and baseball.
At 20, Larry joined the Army and served in both Germany and Korea. Later he joined the Navy, the Navy Achievement and National Defense medals being among his many distinctions, to retire in 1992 at the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
After leaving the service he joined his mother in the apple orchard business. When not working, he enjoyed time with his family, especially watching his children participating in sports. An avid Seahawks and Mariners fan, he collected sport memorabilia as well as coins in addition to enjoying fishing the various lakes in the valley. His greatest joy, however, was being a grandfather to his many grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father Fred Collins, uncle John Smith, aunt Florence Escamilla, sister Mary Jo Christofferson, sister Linda Morris, aunt Dorothy Collins and grandparents Everett and Emma Smith. 
He is survived by his mother Vera Goss of Wenatchee, sister Virginia McKee of East Wenatchee, sister Brenda Martin of Lacey, sister Irene Soth of Wenatchee, his children Heather Tippen of Manson, Maya Neal of Wenatchee, Michelle Collins of Spokane and son Larry Collins of Manson. His grandchildren are Zander and Kyla Neal of Wenatchee, Joseph Tippen of Manson and Zayleigh and Zyker Collins of Spokane.
Larry will be interred at Fraternal Cemetery in Chelan on October 15, 2021. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at the Manson Grange on the same day at 3 p.m.

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