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Harry Thomas Collins

Service Date: April 12, 2021
Interment Info: Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North
Service Info: St. Paul Catholic Church
Service Info

Harry Thomas Collins, 74, of Burlington, KY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Hospice, in Edgewood, KY.  Harry was born in Dayton, KY on October 12, 1946 to the late Harry K. and Aneila Collins.  During his life, Harry proudly served and retired from the U.S. Air Force.  In addition to retiring from the Air Force, Harry worked for and retired from Duke Energy.  He was a Kentucky Colonel, volunteered at St. Joseph Church in Crescent Springs, Villa Madonna Montessori School, and for the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Montestery.  He also enjoyed playing Santa for the Duke Christmas parties, as well as, military Christmas parties, Madonna Manor, and his neighbors.  Harry is survived by his wife of 48 years Kathy Brauch Collins, son Keith Michael Collins, daughter Colleen Elizabeth Collins Thomas (Michael Jr.), grandchildren Lauren Collins, Kyle Collins, Aidan Thomas, and Zachary Thomas, sister Rosemarie Collins, and several nieces and nephews.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 10am at St. Paul Church in Florence, KY.  A reception will follow the Mass and take place at Linnemann Funeral Home and Event Center in Burlington, KY.  Interment will be on Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 12pm at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown, KY.  Memorial contributions can be sent to St. Elizabeth Oncology Cancer Center or St. Elizabeth Hospice either can be addressed to St. Elizabeth Foundation 1 Medical Village Dr. Edgewood, KY 41017, or the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.  Online condolences can be made at

10:00 am

St. Paul Catholic Church

7301 Dixie Hwy
Florence, KY 41042
Phone: (859) 371-8051

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North

Address: 205 Eibeck Lane WILLIAMSTOWN, KY 41097
11:30 am - 12:00 am

Linnemann Funeral Homes Burlington

1940 Burlington Pike

Collins Family

So sorry for your loss! Harry was a great person. I worked with him at East Bend. He always kept us laughing.
Steve Dehner

my Brother in law

I was very fortunate to have Harry T as my Brother in law, Kathy picked a super guy. I was bouncing around from one menial labor job to the next when Harry stepped up and was instrumental in helping me get hired on at the Old CG&E which I will be eternally grateful. I had a great career and met many very fine people . Harry and I had a few years working together and it was not work, it was fun. He absolutely loved telling jokes and getting everyone around laughing, one of his most famous, ” The Ten Simple Sentences”, which he memorized by heart. We always told him he should have been a comedian on stage. He was a family man, absolutely loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He made family movies which he`d show at Christmastime to everyone`s delight. Harry did well in life. made a lot of friends, had a wonderful family, and will be sorely missed. And Thanks to Linnemann Funeral Home for doing a very good job.

I’m so sorry for your loss.


I don’t know what to say to ease your sorrow. My prayers are with you and the family.

Mary Jo Carl Dean

The Honorable Order offers its Deepest Condolences

On behalf of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Order offers its deepest condolences and is proud of a life well lived by Colonel Collins.

Sherry Crose, Executive Director
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

What a great man!

To the Collins Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Harry was a great man, he always welcomed me into your home as if I was a part of the family, even knowing I am a Steelers’ fan. It was an honor speaking to him and Kathy most recently about starting his chemo, I gave him some insider advice on how to deal with the chemo. I wish you were still here battling, but Heaven gained a great man, you will be missed.

Always smiling!

I feel very blessed to have met Harry several years ago at St Elizabeth! No matter what was going on with him, he always had a smile on his face and was so positive! What an example he showed! I always felt fortunate when I got to take care of him- in the past and recently-and truly enjoyed talking to him and Kathy! Harry made the world a better place ! My deepest sympathy and prayers to Kathy and their family. May God bring you comfort and peace! Job well done Harry- Rest In Peace in paradise !
Kristi Goins
RN St Elizabeth

Fond Memories

Sending my condolences to Kathy and family at this difficult time. I haven’t visited with you and Harry for over 35 years, but it was nice to connect with Harry on Facebook after his mom passed away. When I was a kid, Harry always doted on me when I visited with my mom and dad from Minnesota. One time we took a ferry boat ride over to King’s Island (?) amusement park, and he went on all the rides with me. I remember going with Nell and my mom over to your beautiful home, and Harry always had a knack for making people feel special. With sympathy and hugs, Joan Jagello Scinocca, Duluth, MN.

To soon!

Kathy, sorry to hear about Harry!
He was always the one to put a smile on your face!
May god hold him close to his heart.
“Those we love don’t go away;
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard but always near.
Sill loved, still missed, and very dear…”

Tom Riddle

Rest In Peace

Rest in peace my friend. So many good memories at work and monthly card games we had years ago. Heaven awaits you #hardog

Remembering Harry

Kathy, Thank you for allowing our hospice to care for Harry. Though we only knew him for a short time, his positivity and smile was infectious. It was obvious all who knew him, loved him. I’m so glad he was able to enjoy the Easter egg hunt and the beautiful weather that day. It was an honor and privilege to be one of the nurses who cared for him. So very sorry for your loss, your family is in my prayers. Pat, RN

What A Great Guy

Harry was a coworker of mine at CG&E for many, many years. He was always upbeat and had a smile on his face that would somehow brighten your day. He was very proud of his internship with Bob Shreve’s “Past Time Playhouse”. We would talk about the characters on the show like Garoro, Spidel, and of course Chickie. All characters from an era a long time ago, but Harry would talk about it with others who remembered the show like it was yesterday. I’m happy and proud to say I knew Harry Collins. He was definitely one of a kind, a wonderful kind of man.

God Bless & R.I.P. Harry,
Fred Surkamp