Gale A. Collins, 88, of Marysville, KS, passed away March 24, 2023, at Community Memorial Healthcare in Marysville. Visitation was Tuesday, March 28, from noon to 9 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, at Kinsley Mortuary. Rev. Adam Borgman officiated. Musicians were Suzi and Jeremy Nolte. Music included “Softly and Tenderly,” “I Will Remember You” and “To Where You Are.” The pallbearers were Rod Nolte, Kenny Lee, Steve Voet, Rodney Latta, Bill Jenkins and Lennie Walters. The honorary pallbearers were Micki Nolte, Sarah Lee, Jo Voet, Brenda Cottrell and Michelle Slupianek. Burial was in the Marysville City Cemetery. Gale was born on April 27, 1934 to Lynn and Eva (Tatman) Collins in rural Beattie, KS. He graduated the 8th grade and started farming with his family. He was united in marriage to Lila Mae Gibson. Gale loved farming and he was happiest in the seat of a tractor. He and his wife sold NC+ Seed for 40 years. Gale worked for Harry Kane Construction and Rock, bulldozing during the day and farming in the evening so his wife didn’t have to work when their daughter, Pamela was born. Gale would also work auctions for Don Prell Auction, taking bids, until his health would no longer allow him to. Family came first and foremost. Gale always made sure they were well taken care of. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Lila in 2018; and brother, Gerald Collins. Survivors include daughter, Pam (Kevin) McKee, Hiawatha; two grandchildren, Megan and Justin; and two great grandchildren, Camaron and Olivia. A memorial fund has been established to Marysville FFA. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary.
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