Gene Collins 86

Gene Collins 86, of Union, died on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the Eldora Nursing and Rehab Center in Eldora. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2013, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Union. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Memorials may be directed to Iowa Hospice. For Condolences or questions please visit; Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Gene and his family.

Gene Collins was born on Aug. 14, 1926, in Eldora; he was the son of Edward and Aleta (Carson) Collins. Gene attended School in the Whitten Community School District graduating with the class of 1944. He served our country Honorably in the United States Army before the Korean Conflict. On June 3, 1951, Gene was united in marriage to Myreta Marshall at the Union Community Church in Union. Gene and Myreta lived in rural Union on their Century Farm their entire married life. It was the farm Gene and Myreta were very proud of. Gene attended the Calvary Baptist Church in Union where he was a Charter member and taught Sunday school for 60 years. Gene loved the farm and the hard work that came with it. He also loved to ride his Harley and work and ride horses. Gene will be remembered as a kind, gentle and compassionate person. He went through many challenges but was tough as nails and was like a man with nine lives.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 62 years, Myreta, his children: Sandi (Dave) Baum, of Ames; Kim (Pat) Collins, of rural Union; and Teri Knuth, of Ames. Grandchildren: Chris (Debbie) Baum, Heather (Chris) Plucar, Ryan (Amina) Baum, K.C. (Kelly) Collins, Chad (Priscilla) Collins, Kaitlyn and Krya Knuth. Great-grandchildren; Calvin, Zach and Isabel Baum; Jack, Olivia and Parker Plucar; Erin, Evan and Emmett Collins; Malachi Knuth; and one on the way baby boy Baum.

In death Gene rejoins his parents, Edward and Aleta, an infant son and brothers: Maynard and Neil Collins.