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Jeffrey Wade Collier, son of Wayne & Alberta (Ruckman) Collier, was born September 16, 1963 in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Jeff grew up and attended school in Mount Ayr. Jeff served his country for 8 years in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany. After his discharge, Jeff worked several years as an electrician. He was a journeyman and belonged to Local #347. Jeff worked in Kansas City, Des Moines, and Pella. Upon returning to, and living the remainder of his life in Mount Ayr, Jeff worked for Jeff French in the snow removal & lawn care business. He also worked for Ken Markley mowing yards and businesses. Jeff was close to the crew at Rumors Bar & Grill. He enjoyed morning coffee and visiting throughout the day with the crew & customers. He would help them on occasions and loved “fried chicken Fridays!” Jeff didn’t have kids of his own but his dogs were like family to him. TK & Fancy were his kids.
Jeff was a proud American and was patriotic. He loved country music and watching sports on TV. Jeff and his brother Mark would talk on the phone while watching games on TV…acting like they were sitting together as it happened! Jeff had a big heart, would help anyone in need; and was very grateful for his friends that helped him in his recent battle with cancer.
Jeff passed away on May 15, 2021. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Denzil Ruckman & Bessie Faye Bucknell, Roy & Lela Collier; parents Bud & Bert Collier; sister Shelley Bolles.
Survivors include his brothers Mark (Elisa) Collier of Lakewood, CO and Doug Collier of Kellerton, IA; step-sister Diane Millsap; brother-in-law David Bolles of Mount Ayr; nephews and their families, Austin Bolles, Colton (Tiffany) Bolles, Camron (Shayla) Collier, Nevin (Kristen) Collier; other relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been established for the American Legion, Ringgold Post #172, in Mount Ayr.
You were heck of a guy and an even better friend. You will be truly be missed. You were an icon to the community. Rest in peace.
James Jun 1 2021 12:00 AM