Darwin W. Collins, 90, of Sheffield, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Sheffield Care Center in Sheffield, Iowa. He was born in Galt, Iowa to Clarence and Grace (State) Collins on February 19, 1928.
Darwin grew up as part of a large family on various tenant farms near Aredale, Iowa and remained a farm boy at heart. He graduated from Hansell High School in Hansell, Iowa in 1945 and served his country in the United States Army during the Allied Occupation of Japan at the end of World War II. Darwin married pretty neighbor girl, Jeanette Ruth Geer, on May 1, 1948 in Aredale, Iowa. He and Jeanette owned and operated a trucking and quarry business for many years. Darwin attended the West Fork United Methodist Church with Jeanette. He was a long-time member of Alcoholics Anonymous, helping others achieve the sobriety he enjoyed for more than forty-seven years. He enjoyed tinkering in his shop, trading cars, raising livestock, and coffee time with friends and family.
Darwin is survived by his wife Jeanette Collins of Sheffield, daughters Patti (Gene) Persons of Ankeny, Candy (Dave) Culp of Mahomet, Illinois, son Tim (Susan) Collins of Sheffield, sister Bonnie Krienke of Durand, Illinois, eleven grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Darwin was preceded in death by his parents, son Mike, brothers Cleon, Alvin, and Lee Roy Collins and sisters Margaret Merrick, Juanita Johnson, Hester Warren, and Ruby Daniels.
Services will be held at a later date.
My deepest sympathy to the Collins family. I have great memories of Darwin anytime he and Jeannette were "visiting" with my mom and dad which was often both in Iowa and in Arizona. He was a good friend to them both and always had the best stories. We were all blessed to have him as a part of our lives on this earth.
What a beautiful tribute to Grandpa. Too many memories to share, but will always remember his fun sense of humor and sitting around the table with coffee and jokes. I will miss you Grandpa until we joke and drink coffee in Heaven. Give Uncle Mike a big hug from me.
“Heavy on the Mister” -Grandpa Collins
My most sincere condolences to Patti, Candy, Tim and their families, as well as Mike's family, and most of all to Jeanette. May God comfort and guide you through the days ahead. I don't know why, but whenever I came over to your farm for piano lessons, I never saw your father very often, and for whatever reason, I was scared of him whenever I saw him while waiting to be picked up. That was so many years ago, but in these more recent years I got to know Darwin better, and he was always kind to me and interested in what was going on in my life.
Rest in peace Darwin. You will be missed dearly! Condolences to Jeanette and family, my prayers are with you all. Dawn ( Harlan ) Van Dyke
Good bye old friend hopefully you will save a seat at the table for me and the coffee on .
Know he will be missed by many. RIP my dear friend. Condolences to all and hugs to Jeanette
Darwin and Jeanette, always a couple, and always nice, the type of people who, when you saw them, you always felt good. I got acquainted with them at my places of employment, and around the community, and they never forgot who I was and always had time for a little visit. Truly wonderful people. Rest in peace Darwin, we'll see you on the other side, and then we can visit, once again, about dust, taxes, and the state of the world.
Dear family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I hope the scripture in Romans 8:38,39 will bring you some comfort when it says that “...I am convinced that neither death nor life...can separate us from God’s love”. God will not forget your loved one. With sympathy in this difficult time, Greg.
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