Service


Date:

June 29, 2019

Start Time:

11:00 a.m.

Location:

Christ United Methodist Church

Address:

5723 Franklin Ave. Des Moines, IA

Arrangements By:

Merle Hay Funeral Home

Visitation


Date:

June 29, 2019

Start Time:

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Location:

Christ United Methodist Church

Address:

5723 Franklin Ave. Des Moines, IA

Raymond Collins

Raymond Morris Collins, 92, of West Des Moines, Iowa, was gladly accepted into the Lord’s arms on June 24, 2019 at Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa where he was surrounded by many members of his loving family.

Ray was born on September 4, 1926 in Franklinton, North Carolina to Frances James and Ethel (Sandling) Collins. From the age of 10 years old Ray was lovingly raised by his parents, T. Ray and Corale (Northrup) Collins in Des Moines, Iowa after his first parents passed away and Ray was brought to their home on an 82 year “vacation” with T.Ray and Corale.

Ray is the first person in the Collins family to meet his granddaughter, Kristi Lynn Collins, who preceded him in death, along with his sister Inez Bell, and brothers Willard and J.C. Collins.

He is survived by his loving wife, Helen Louise (Campbell) Collins, children Randy (Margie) Collins, Becky (Craig) Draves, Marla (Cliff) Woiwood and Mike Collins. Ray was a proud grandpa to Jennifer (Brent), Heidi (Adam), Andi, Jaimie (Bonnie), Justin (Ashley), Ryan and Tyler, and a great-grandpa to Ashleigh, Brooklyn (Tyler), Mila, Donovan, Truman, Morgan, Marissa, Brycelyn, Dane, Brayden and Brenna. Ray recently earned the title of great-great-grandpa to Scarlet. Ray also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

In his childhood Ray sold ice cream and popsicles in the dome at the top of the Capitol Building, and rode his bike all over Des Moines delivering the paper. He built life-long friendships on the East side with Art King, Harold Lawler, and Lyle Miller who are no doubt delighted to have the whole crew back together again in Heaven.

Ray grew up across the street from East High School, where he finally received his diploma in 2014 at the age of 88. You see, he proudly served in the Navy as a Seabee during WWII and left high school a mere 3 months prior to graduation in 1944 to join the war effort. That’s the way Ray was, he always put everyone else first. After returning from the South Pacific he fell in love and married his beautiful bride Louise on May 13, 1950, and celebrated 69 inspirational years in marriage. Together they raised 4 kids in Des Moines where he worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company from 1951 through 1983. He was a founding member of Christ United Methodist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir, and if you ever heard him sing, you enjoyed it too. Ray was a faithful Christian and spent his life following Christ and moving others toward Christ’s teachings. Upon retirement, Ray volunteered at the Bidwell Riverside Center for several years lending a helping hand to those in need.

Ray led a very loving and fulfilled life where he enjoyed church, camping, finding a great deal at a yard sale- such as his cherished “diamond” pinky ring he picked up for $1, and of course teasing anyone he met. That teasing was almost always followed by a smile, a handshake, and a hug because that’s the way Ray was. He made sure you knew just how much he cared. Ray and Louise particularly enjoyed 30 years of square dancing together, and made many friends along the way. He was a very proud man and he was most proud of his dear family. One of his greatest joys was being a grandpa and man was he good at it. Ray deeply loved each and every member of his family. He will be dearly missed and his absence will be felt by all that knew him. Because of Ray and because of the love he shared for his family, he won’t ever be truly gone. He will be heard in his grandchildren’s laughs, he will be felt in each family prayer, and he will be seen in the twinkle of his children’s eye. He will continue to be here because the strength of his love for his family will forever be eternal.

 

Memorial donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church.

 

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