Jerry Collins, 85, of Bettendorf, formerly of DeWitt, died late Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Heartland Healthcare in Moline, Illinois.
Jerry Lee Collins was born June 28, 1934, in Atchison, Kansas, to John Jeremiah and Edwyne Roberta Nichem Collins. He graduated from Atchison High School and served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Jerry married Josie Cashero on June 28, 1957, in Atchison, Kansas. He later graduated from St. Benedict College and then Kansas State with honors and a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Jerry later received a master of business administration degree from Marquette University. He worked as a quality control director for Allis Chalmers, Harley Davidson, Case I.H., and after retiring from Newport News Shipyard Building, he served as quality control director and consultant for Sears Manufacturing.
Jerry enjoyed walking and running all his life, running in the Bix until he was 82 years old. He loved doing puzzles and reading, and was an avid camper, snowbirding yearly to Corpus Cristy, Texas.
He is survived by four children, John (Ava) Collins of Ankeny, Scott (Sharon) Collins of Newburgh, Indiana, Susan Anderson of North Liberty and Kelly (Matt) Fahrenkrug of DeWitt; eight grandchildren, Rosemarie and Tess Collins, Kara (Seth) Nance, Michael Collins, Keyes, Josie, and Lily Anderson, and Sadie Fahrenkrug; two great-grandchildren, Jepsen and Tullis Nance; a brother-in-law, LeRoy Servaes; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Josie, and a sister, Darlene Servaes.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service time of noon, Saturday, Oct. 12, at Grace Lutheran Church in DeWitt, with the Rev. Eric Obermann officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in DeWitt. Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt.
Condolences may be expressed, and a photo tribute viewed at schultzfuneralhomes.com.