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OBIT: Roger Don Collins

Roger Collins, age 72, of Livermore passed away peacefully on January 27, 2024 at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge surrounded by his family.

Roger Collins, age 72, of Livermore passed away peacefully on January 27, 2024 at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge surrounded by his family. Visitation will take place in Livermore Wednesday, January 31st from 4-7 at Lentz Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 11 am Thursday February 1st at Life Gate Fellowship Church in Humboldt, with a visitation prior to the service from 10am-11am. Services will be live streamed on Lentz Funeral Home’s website: A burial ceremony will follow the luncheon at the Union Cemetery in Livermore.

Roger Don Collins, the son of Donald Riley Collins and Esther Lula Mae (Blumer) Collins, was born on December 4, 1951 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He graduated from Twin Rivers High School in 1970. On July 3, 1969 Roger was united in marriage with Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Marchant at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Livermore.

Roger owned and operated Continuous Gutters in South Sioux City before moving back to the Livermore area in 1980 to raise his children. When Roger’s father passed away in 1983, Roger began farming the family farm with his uncle. Besides farming, he raised cattle and other livestock. He was always up for a new adventure.

After retiring in 2015, Roger bought a saw mill. He kept himself busy with wood working projects and selling lumber. Roger belonged to the Humboldt County Cattlemen’s Association and enjoyed grilling at various events. At home, he loved using his smoker, filling it with chicken legs or pork ribs and sharing it with his family. The grandkids also loved his homemade macaroni and cheese.

He loved horses, especially teaching his children and grandchildren to ride. He and his best friend Jimmy Kellner worked together trading horses, breaking them, and selling them. He and Jimmy always had fun getting into mischief. They had a lot of great stories about their adventures and loved to share them with friends and family. He was Never too tired to enjoy a great horse story. He also enjoyed going to coffee in Bode and chatting with the guys. It was even better when one of the grandkids got to go with.

Roger loved his family fiercely and worked tirelessly to make sure all of them knew how much he loved them. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities and seeing his great grandson often. He also enjoyed some “playful” banter on Facebook about politics and may have found himself in Facebook jail a time or two or three.

After a major surgery in 2017, he was a changed man; he found Christ and also found peace with life.

Beth was active in the Humboldt County Farm Bureau and was awarded trips overseas. They enjoyed the opportunity to visit France, Ireland, Mexico and Morocco, learning about farming in those countries.

Left to cherish Roger’s memory is his wife of 54 years, Beth; children, Joel Collins of Goldfield, Sara Payer (the wutz) of Humboldt and Justin (Jennifer) Collins of Livermore; 9 grandchildren, Abigail (Travis) Theisen, Mary (Austin) Stocks, Kennedy Payer, Collin Payer, Keylyee, Audrey, Deacon, Kiyah and Korah Collins; a great grandson, Jonah Roger Theisen; and a sister, Patricia Loftus of Colorado Springs, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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