Donna Jean Collins (aka Grandma Pete), age 90 of North Platte passed away Jan. 11 at Linden Court. Donna Jean was born Nov. 7, 1932 in Wellfleet, Nebraska to Oscar A. and Rachel W. (Hall) Amstuz.

Donna Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Rachel Amstuz; husband, Raymond H. Collins Jr; (Pete); daughters, Connie Fleck and Pam Abegg; sisters, June Kugler; Verla Goforth; brothers, Doug, Marvin and Junior Amstuz; brothers in law, Bob Thomsen, Deloit Messersmith, Wayne Kugler; great-grandsons, Conner, Colten, and Dawson Gentry; mother and father-in-law, Raymond H. and Burnell Collins Sr.; and brother-in-law, Rick Collins.

Survivors include daughter, Sue (Steve/Mick) Fleck; son, Tom (Susan) Collins; sons in law, Matt Fleck and Donnie Abegg; sisters, Veda Thomsen, and Joan Messersmith; sister-in-law, Frances Amstuz;

14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mom’s (Grandma Pete’s) favorite saying was “the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise…” and now the creek has risen.

All of our love and we will miss you.

Memorials are suggested to the Callahan Cancer Center and online condolences may be shared at

Graveside services were held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell. 

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