Funeral Services were held Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10 AM with Rev. Donald Fisher officiating. Interment was in Forest Dell Cemetery at Mountain View under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Mountain View. Online condolences can be sent to www.duncanfuneralhomes.com
He was united in marriage to Betty Lewis on December 27, 1952 and to this union four children were born.
He was preceded in death by his parents William David Collins and Margaret Ann (Sisney) Collins; four brothers Lloyd Collins, Burl Collins, Junior Collins, and Melvin Collins; one sister Lucille Collins; and five brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and one son-in-law.
He is survived by his wife Betty Collins of Mountain View, MO; three sons Marvin Duane Collins of Mountain View, MO, Joe Linn Collins and wife Sandy of Mountain View, MO and Jimmy Dale Collins of Mountain View, MO; one daughter Barbara Fisher and husband Donald of Mountain View, MO; four sisters Janice Gregory of Mansfield, MO; Marie Alcorn of Mountain View, MO; Gladys Haynes of Mt. Sterling, IL and Bonnie Stephenson and husband Wendell of Quincy, MO; One brother Vernon Collins of Mountain View, MO; one sister-in-law and brother-in-law Willard and Liz Barnett of Sedalia, MO; 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
Marvin loved the Lord and attended the Gravel Ridge Community Church. Marvin served in the United States Navy Seabees in Guam and Saipan during WWII. Marvin worked as a farmer and rancher, and built roads and dams. Marvin then settled into the many aspects of the timber industry.
Marvin was the man with a big lap who could always pile on one more kid, but had an even bigger heart. As a family, he taught you to always be open armed, and share what you have even when it wasn’t much. Marvin was always ready to share a story, give a bit of advice, but mostly loved for people to join him for a meal. There was never not enough room for one more at the supper table. You never left his house hungry or unloved. Marvin was an honest, hardworking, loving man who instilled those traits into the many scattered across the United States who simply knew him as “Pa”. Marvin’s passion was fishing: from digging worms, to gathering the poles to go, to who caught the biggest one or the most. It was an experience you would never forget. A lot of life lessons were learned in those fishing trips. We hope you had the privilege to experience one.
After 61+ years of marriage, he absolutely adored his wife Betty and she still made him biscuits and gravy every morning. There was nothing more important to him than family.
Marvin and his family have made a difference in the lives of many.