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Services will be Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, for William David Collins, 93, whose jobs included buying and then selling trucks after converting them to farm use.
He was born June 5, 1919, at Newton Grove, a post office 25 miles northwest of Custer. His parents were Albert Collins and Lillian Bailey; he was number five of 10 children. He attended the one-room Hills View School, graduated from Custer High School in June 1937 and attended one semester at Bozeman College.
During the early years the entire family worked on the Collins homestead farm and ranch in northern Yellowstone County. In September 1939, Mr. Collins married Maybelle White in Red Lodge.
His jobs included leasing and managing the Collins farm and ranch operation for six years; selling cars and trucks for Archie Cochrane Ford for 16 years; and, from 1982-1996, traveling with his wife and purchasing trucks in Texas, North Dakota, Kansas, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, taking them to Billings and converting them for ranch and farm use, then selling them to farmers and ranchers in Montana and Wyoming.
During World War II, he worked as a warehouse superintendent at Hill Field Airbase in Ogden, Utah. During the 1950s, he operated a dry-land farm in the Colby, Kan., area.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Noel of Sunland, Calif., and Boyd of Peachtree City, Ga.; a daughter, Rachelle of New York City; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Arthur of Billings.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. Inurnment will follow in Bridger Cemetery.