Richard ‘Dick’ Collins February 25, 1942 • December 14, 2021

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Richard “Dick” Leonard Collins, 79, of Murdock, Minnesota, died Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at his home under hospice care. Visitation was from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 17, 2021, with a Prayer Service and Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock. Visitation continued from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock. Interment was in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Murdock.  
Richard “Dick” Collins, was born February 25, 1942 on a farm in Swift County Minnesota, the son of Vincent and JoAnn (DeVaan) Collins. He was baptized  March 8, 1942 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff and received his First Communion there on May 14, 1950. He was confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murdock July 5, 1954.
He lived east of Murdock until he was one and a half years old, when the family moved to a farm north of Murdock. At the age of three the family moved south of DeGraff and when Richard was 9 years old they moved to the family farm east of Murdock. He attended country school until the 3rd grade and graduated from Murdock High School in 1960.  Upon his graduation, Richard joined the National Guard and served for six years after attending basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Following basic training, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where he worked at the South St. Paul Meat Packing Plant. In 1961, he returned to Murdock and started farming with his brother Robert.
August 19, 1967, Richard was united in marriage to Paulette Ann Bass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. This union was blessed with over 54 years of marriage and five children.  After their marriage, they purchased their house in Murdock. He also purchased a 1967 John Deere 4020 for Paulette as a “wedding present”.  In 1968, they purchased land south of Murdock where the farmstead would be built, and their family raised.
He was a member of Farm Bureau since 1980, Corn and Soybean growers, a volunteer fireman for 25 years, served as a member of the KMS school board for 10 years and First State Bank of Murdock Board of Directors for 10 years. His commitment to his faith and Sacred Heart Catholic Church began in his youth as an altar server.  Richard was also a Eucharistic minister, served on the cemetery board, finance committee, and showed a personal responsibility for the maintenance of the Parish facilities.
Richard loved spending time with his family, taking them on many family roads trips across the United States, going biking, swimming, waterskiing, and working together.  He especially enjoyed anything to do with the grandkids. Praying the Rosary and humbly living out his faith were very important to him. He was called from this life  Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at his home on Lake Florida, near Spicer, Minnesota. He attained the age of 79 years, nine months, and 19 days.
Richard is survived by his wife Paulette Collins; his children: Michelle (Craig)  Benson of Ham Lake, Stacy (Warren) Johnson of Pennock, Brent Collins of Long Lake, Nathan (Jessi) Collins of Murdock, and Sean (Jessie) Collins of Murdock; 21 grandchildren: Calvin, Grant, Claire; Stuart (Samantha), Johanna (Riley), Simon (Katie), Paul (Rosemary), Collin; Kathryn, Kristin; Erika, Noah, Brianna; Michael, James, Jonathan, Lucy, and Cecilia; six  great grandchildren: Stella, Kenton, Evelyn, Richard, Sophia, and Anna; siblings: Don (Kathy) Collins of Spicer, Kay (Dennis) Stottler of Buffalo, Chuck (Julie) Collins of Spicer, Donna (Dave) Quigley of Long Lake, Gary (Patty) Collins of Arvada, Colorado, Mary (Al) Johnson of Maple Grove, Connie (Tom) Jeseritz of LaCrescent; brother-in-law Tom Turcotte; sister-in-law Rosie Collins; sister-in-law Deb Collins; nieces and nephews and several other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents Vince and JoAnn, grandchildren Andrew and Emma, a sister Peggy Turcotte, brothers Robert and Tom Collins, and nephew Dean Collins. Blessed be his memory.
Arrangements were with Zniewski Funeral Home. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com. Memorials are preferred to: Bible in a Year: https://ascensionpress.com/products/support-ascension  or to Hope Pregnancy Center; 1520 Mavis Lane, Willmar, MN 56201. www.findhopepc.com.

 

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