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Harland Collins Weldon

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:27 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:01 a.m. CDT

Harland Collins, 85, of Weldon died Feb. 28, 2014, at Southern Hills Specialty Care in Osceola.

Cremation was arranged by Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Osceola. Burial will be in Wheelis Cemetery in Decatur County at a later date. Online condolences may be left at

Harland Collins, son of Lottie (Craig) and Cager Collins, was born July 16, 1928, in Clarke County.

Harland attended rural schools and has lived all his life in the Weldon area.

On Jan. 12, 1951, Harland married Avis I. Claypool at the Christian Church parsonage in Osceola.

Harland was drafted into the U.S. Army on Jan. 7, 1952.  He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on Oct. 3, 1953, with the rank of Corporal. He returned to his wife Avis and together they raised their family on a farm near Weldon. 

Harland worked as a bus mechanic for the I-35 School District from 1974 to 1980, when he retired.

Harland was a member of Weldon Christian Church, Osceola Eagles No. 3495, V.F.W. and American Legion.

Harland is survived by his wife Avis Collins of Weldon, daughters, Martha (Lyle) Mankey of Macks Creek, Mo., Sandra (Kenneth) Weisberg of Osceola and Debbie (David) Nicholson of Des Moines; son Randy (Jean) Collins of Osceola, son-in-law William E. Jones of Marceline, Mo., 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, brother Wayne (Deloris) Collins of Indianola, sister-in-law Leona Collins of Truro, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Harland was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Shirley Jones, brother Mardis Collins and father- and mother-in-law, Albert and Florence Claypool.

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