The Rev. A. Donald Collins Sr., 85, passed away April 12, 2013, at the Springfield Masonic Community.
He was born Aug. 3, 1927, in Celina, the son of Adna D. and Ella Fogt Collins.
Don was a veteran of the Army and served our country proudly. After the Army he graduated from Manchester College and Wesley Theological Seminary. He was a member of the West Ohio United Methodist Conference. He was a well loved pastor serving the following congregations in Ohio: Archbold, Johnstown, Lima, Upper Sandusky, Granville, Centerville and in retirement, Bradenton, Fla. Don was a 63-year member of Celina Masonic Lodge 241 and other appendant bodies. He attended Grace United Methodist Church since moving to Springfield and also the worship services on the Masonic campus.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary A. Forrer Collins; three children, Deborah E. (Chris) Agan, of Newark, A. Donald (Kay) Collins Jr., of Harpster, and Dayna S. (Stephen) Boone, of Montabello, N.Y.; two grandsons, Clayton (Shaunessa) Collins and David (Andrea) Agan; four great-grandchildren, Quinten, Gavin and Jackson Collins, and Isabella Agan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ruth Collins and Jean Shaffer.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Burkhart Auditorium on the Masonic Campus, 2655 W. National Road, Springfield, with a celebration of Donís life starting at 2 p.m. The Rev. Bruce Vincent and the Rev. Victoria C. Downing will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Grace UMC Emergency Fund, helping people in crisis, 1401 W. Main St., Springfield, OH 45504.
You may express condolences to the family at littletonandrue.com.