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German Valley - Arnold H. "Arnie" Collman, 88, of German Valley, died Monday, December 14, 2015, in Presence Saint Joseph Center, Freeport, surrounded by his loving family. Born October 24, 1927, in German Valley, the son of William A. and Marie A. (Buttel) Collman. He attended Pleasant Prairie Academy and then worked at German Valley Farmer's Grain. Arnie married Ruby Timmer on June 12, 1949, in Forreston United Methodist Church. Together, they farmed, first in Freeport and then in German Valley, right up to combining beans this fall. He was an active member of Silver Creek Reformed Church, having served as deacon and elder. Arnie was a Golden Eagles 4-H leader for several years and served on the German Valley Fire Protection District for 30 years. He also was a member of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau and Stephenson County Livestock Feeder's Association. With his son, Duane, Arnie sold seed for 32 years for Dekalb Asgrow Monsanto Seed Company. In addition, Arnie drove truck for Ray Satness and Boyer Trucking. He dearly loved attending his grandsons and great-grandchildren's events and enjoyed playing euchre with friends.
Arnie is lovingly survived by his wife, Ruby; son, Duane Collman of German Valley; daughter, Sharon (Dennis) Alderks of Chana; grandsons, David (Jamie) Alderks of Mahomet and Alan (Heather) Alderks of Monroe Center; great-grandchildren, Carter and Brooke Alderks of Mahomet, and Ayden and Jaxon Alderks of Monroe Center; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Willis Collman; sister-in-law, Norma Collman; nephew, Steve Collman; and great-nephew, Mitchell Collman.
Service at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 18, 2015, in Silver Creek Reformed Church, 326 S. Bunker Hill Road, German Valley, with visitation from 10:00 a.m., until service time; the Rev. Grant Mulder will officiate. Burial in Silver Creek Cemetery, German Valley. Visitation 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 17, 2015, in the church.