James B. Collins Obituary

James B.   Collins
Jim Collins
James B. Collins

May 7, 1942 - June 28, 2022
Born in New York City, New York
Resided in Urbandale, Iowa
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James Bernard Collins, 80, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Cremation will follow services and private inurnment will be held at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines at a later date. The service will be livestreamed on the Iles website. Go to IlesCares.com at 9:45 a.m. Saturday and scroll to the bottom of Jim’s obituary to join in the service.

Jim was born May 7, 1942, in New York City, NY, to Joseph and Bridget (Corrigan) Collins and was raised in San Diego, CA. He attended the University of San Diego for one year and transferred to Drake University on a football scholarship, graduating in 1965. He met Pam Farrell, the love of his life, on a blind date and they later married in 1966. Jim worked as a Financial Planner for Principal Life Insurance Company for 40 years, retiring in 2005 as a member of the Principal Hall of Fame.

Jim was very active in his community. In addition to his commitments to Drake University, Jim had served as a Big Brother since the program was started in Des Moines in 1966. He was active in the Des Moines JayCees and very active in the Olympic movement. He was a member of the US Olympic Committee, serving as associate state chairman of the Iowa Olympic Committee in the 1980’s. Jim has served on many charitable boards, the last being the Iowa Society to Prevent Blindness, as well as coaching many years in youth parochial basketball and football programs.

Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pam, his children, Patrick (Amy) Collins of Cumming, IA, Bridget Stephenson of Urbandale, IA and Shane (Billie) Collins of West Des Moines, IA; eight grandchildren, Matt (Kali) Collins, Michael Collins, Sean Collins, Rowan Collins, Fiona Collins, Andy Cahalan, Reagan Stephenson, and Ryan Stephenson; one great-grandson, Declan Collins, and his siblings, Mary Gordon of Temecula, CA, Kitty Beckerson of San Diego, CA, and Patrick (Jennefer) Collins of Del Mar, CA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Joseph Collins and Ronnie Delaney.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Theresa Catholic Church. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.






St. Theresa Catholic Church
1230 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturday, July 2, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Theresa Catholic Church
1230 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturday, July 2, 2022
10:00 AM


St. Theresa Catholic Church
1230 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA US 50312