Larry served in the United States Navy after graduating from high school in Illinois. After the Navy, he worked for the City of Ottumwa for a few years before getting hired at John Deere Ottumwa Works. He would later transfer to the Waterloo John Deere Plant until his retirement in 1986. After retiring, he owned and operated the “Collins Café” with his wife for 10 years. The café was located in the Ballingall Hotel in Ottumwa.
Larry enjoyed early morning coffee with his “Coffee Club.” He also enjoyed going out to eat with friends, fishing, spending time with family, and swinging by the Can-Dough Redemption Center in Ottumwa to pester his daughter, Leanna.
He is survived by his twin daughters, Leanna (Amy Vanderburg) Collins of Ottumwa, Deanna Collins of Bloomfield; two grandchildren, Joe (Shell) Collins, Jenna Ellis; eight great-grandchildren, Passion Matia Collins, Autionna Kay Collins, Savyon Cordova, Kynnick Ellis, Jeff Whiten, Mike Whiten, Haley Vanderburg, Mya Vanderburg; several nieces and nephews; and a special family friend, Sandra Harvey.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Charles Courtney officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield with Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion performing graveside military rites. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to his family.