Lester Collins went to be with the Lord on July 4, 2006. His daughters, Micki Erk and Vicki Neiderworder, and his son-in-law, Larry Neiderworder, were at his bedside when he passed on at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, SD.
Lester was born Feb. 15, 1915, at Whitewood, SD, to Edwin and Dena (Osloond) Collins. He was one of 13 children and was educated in the Rapid City area.
On March 30, 1935, Lester married Viola Harris in Rapid City. From there they moved to the Limestone area near Custer, and later to Pleasant Valley, also near Custer.