Archie Collins

Funeral services for 82-year old Archie Collins are Friday, Jan 15, 2021 at 10:00 at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, SD, with interment immediately following at the Collins Family Cemetery.

A visitation will be held Thurs evening, Jan 14, 2021, from 5:00-7:00 PM, also at Chamberlain McColley’s.

Archie F. Collins  was born on July 25, 1938, to Archie and Wynfred Collins. He passed away Jan 10, 2021, in Hot Springs at the Seven Sisters Living Center surrounded by his family.

After graduating from high school in 1956, Archie honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957 to 1959. After discharge, he attended Chadron State College for one year before purchasing a ranch west of Hot Springs in 1960. 

While pursuing his life-long dream of ranching, Archie also worked at Evans Post and Pole in Pringle, S.D., and the uranium mill in Edgemont, S.D. During his 55 years of ranching, he was also a Vermeer dealer for 40 years and a Dew-Eze dealer.

Archie was a proud member of the Fall River County Sheriff’s posse, Minnekahta Fire Department, the Masons and was an active NRCS board member.

Archie had many hobbies he enjoyed pursuing over the years. He was well known for participating in the practical jokes that were commonplace at the uranium mill. 

He enjoyed hunting with his friends and family. He also enjoyed dancing, roping, horseback riding, and driving a team of horses. 

He enjoyed spending time with Jeff and Levi teaching them the game of football and sharing his love of ranching. He took great pleasure in watching his grandchildren participate in sports and all other activities.

Archie is survived by his son, Jeff (Stacie) and their children Levi (Ryan Eve) and Britny; his step-son, Joe (Andrea) Fiala and their children Kirstyn (Josh) and Megan; his sister, Mary Kay Novotny and her children Mark, Cindy, and Carl.

Archie was preceded in death by his parents Archie and Wynfred Collins and his brother-in-law Larry Novotny.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.