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“We are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing . Call if there is anything we can help you with.Love Pat & Colleen. ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Colleen GANNARELLI - AZ

“Tom was an honorable man. He was always so pleasant to visit with. My prayer is that he will rest in peace in the arms of God. ”
2 of 2 | Posted by: Pat Loonan - Easton, MN - Friend


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Thomas Earl Collins, age 77, of Minnesota Lake, MN, died Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Cottagewood Memory Care in Mankato, MN, surrounded by family. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Faith Bible Church in Mapleton, MN, with Pastor Maurice Staley officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Tom was born July 31, 1940 in Mankato, MN, the son of Earl and Ruth (Putz) Collins. He was united in marriage to Betty Jean Rueckert, April 6, 1990 in Minnesota Lake, MN. The couple spent their winters in Arizona for the past 24 years where they enjoyed being active by winter camping with friends, exploring the back roads of Arizona, and traveling by car. Tom's passion was farming and commodity trading. He attended Faith Bible Church in Mapleton, MN.

He is survived by his wife: Betty Jean of Minnesota Lake; step-daughters: Terri Jean Kidd (fiancé Stan Partyka) of West St. Paul, MN, and her son Zane, Heike Jo (husband Ken) Dodge of Little Falls, MN, and their kids Gunther, Hayden and Nordica; brother: Stuart (wife Patricia) Collins of Edina, MN; sister-in-law Janet (husband Ross) Haldeman of Albuquerque, NM.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents.