Donald Glenn Collins
Donald Glenn Collins
  • October 16, 1931 - September 14, 2017
  • Centralia, Missouri

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Don Collins


Donald Glenn Collins, 85, died peacefully in his home on September 14. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. A graveside service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia, MO on Sunday, September 17 at 1:00pm.

Don was fourth of seven children born to Glenn and Lorraine (Nichols) Collins. He grew up in rural Boone County and loved fishing, hunting and farming. He graduated from Hickman High School and shortly thereafter, joined the United States Marine Corps. Prior to leaving for basic training, he and Nancy Carter eloped, and continued their loving marriage for 65 years until the day he died. Don was stationed in Oceanside California, where his only child, Glennda Sue, was born. After his time in the Marines came to an end, Don and Nancy returned to the Columbia area where they raised their daughter and many, many dogs.

Don worked as a linemen and trainer for GTE phone company for 37 years. After retirement, Don and Nancy moved to an 80 acre farm they had recently purchased, where he raised cattle. Every day he spent time on his farm working, fishing, gardening, and just living life outdoors, where he preferred to be. Beyond a Marine, lineman, or farmer, Don’s main role and passion in life was as a father, and a second father to his three grandchildren. There wasn’t a single day of his life where he wouldn’t drop anything and everything, to do whatever it was that they wanted. The list of demands from “Pa” was endless. Pa eagerly helped out because he wanted to spend any time he could with them, but he didn’t “jump” at anything…he moved at his own pace! He loved his wife, daughter, and grandchildren with his whole heart, and would do anything for them. He was looked up to, idolized, and loved.

Don was preceded in death by his daughter, Sue Maddox, as well as three brothers, Ivan, John, and Gene Collins. He is survived by his wife Nancy; his sister Mary Patton; two brothers, Mike and William “Tick” Collins; three grandchildren, Mason, Matthew, and Merideth Maddox; and one great granddaughter, Suzanna.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Sue Maddox Memorial Scholarship, Rock Bridge Senior High School, 4303 S Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203. The scholarship aims to reward students who have overcome adversity to graduate and pursue college.

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