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Edward Gray Rollins

May 10, 1936 — December 24, 2022

Edward Gray Rollins, age 86, of Columbia City, IN, passed away at 1:45 am on Saturday December 24, 2022, at his residence.  Born on May 10, 1936, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, he was the son of Fred and Hixie (Tedder) Rollins.

Edward attended Wayne Memorial High School, Wayne, Michigan and graduated with the Class of 1954.  He then proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.  Following that he earned a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, in 1965, and also a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, in 1971

Edward worked in Labor Relations for the Ford Motor Company at the Dearborn, Saline, and Milan facilities from 1960 until his retirement in 1993.  He enjoyed playing guitar and tennis, along with being an avid reader and traveler, visiting 49 states and many foreign countries.  Edward loved exercise, karate, judo, and was also a long distance runner and biker in 5k and 10k events, in addition to being very inquisitive about anything he didn’t know about.

Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years Pasty Rollins of Columbia City; children Christian Eric Rollins of Fortville, CA, Karla Blair of Jeffersonville, Ohio, Scott Lee (Christine) Wilkinson of Mesa, AZ, and Matthew Gray Rollins of Northville, MI; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers Eugene Rollins of Wilmington, NC, Jerry (Sarah Jeanette) Rollins of Greensboro, NC, and Donald Rollins of Lake Ann, MI.

Preceded in death by his parents, son Phillip Edward Rollins, daughter Nicole Marie Borden, and grandson Keith Cooper.

A private family service was held for Edward’s family.

Memorial contributions in memory of Edward may be made to American Lung Association.

Arrangements by DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.

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