Obituary — David Carl Colling

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LAUREL — David Carl Colling, 83, Laurel, died Feb. 10, 2015, at the Hillcrest Care Center, Laurel.

Visitation was Feb. 13 at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, and continued Saturday at church, one hour prior to services.

Funeral services were Feb. 14 at the United Presbyterian Church, Laurel, with the Rev. Rachelle McCalla officiating. The Hartington VFW provided military rites outside of church following the funeral service.

Cremation will occur after the funeral and burial of his cremains will be at a later date at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Redfield, S.D.

Pallbearers were Bryan Morten, Christopher Morten, Monte Morten, Darrell Dreesen, Marcel Sudbeck and Ernest Jueden.
David Carl Colling was born Sept. 26, 1931, on the family farm north of Randolph, to Peter and Esther (Swanson) Colling. He attended grade school at District 50, north of Randolph until March 1941, when the family moved to a farm eight miles east of Hartington. David graduated from Branch School District 14 and from Hartington High School in 1949, after spending his junior year attending Randolph High School. He participated in track while at Hartington H.S. and was a member of the National Honor Society.

David was inducted into the U.S. Air Force Sept. 18, 1951, at Omaha. He served in the 28th A&E Maintenance Squadron for four years, including two years in Fairbanks, Alaska, and additional time in Guam. He was Honorably Discharged Sept. 17, 1955. Upon returning to Hartington, he resumed farming with his parents east of Hartington and continued farming after his father’s death in 1965. David married Joan Dean Feb. 10, 1979, in Hartington, where they farmed until 2007, before moving into Laurel. Joan died Oct. 19, 2007 at the age of 72.

David has continued to reside in Laurel, but retained his VFW membership at Hartington Post #5283. David served as V.F.W. Post Commander and other offices and was a faithful member of the Military Honor Guard, also serving in many Veterans Day parades and Memorial Day services in northeast Nebraska. He served as a liturgist and usher at his church in Laurel, as well as a Meals on Wheels volunteer. He was a kind and humble person and enjoyed visiting with his friends. He also enjoyed playing pool at the Senior Center.

David is survived by his sister, Judith E. and husband, Garold N. Morten, Lisle, Ill.; two nieces, Jayne Morten Zoboski, Plainfield, Ill., and Jeanie Martin, Palm Bay, Fla.; three nephews, Bryan and Chris Morten , Lisle, Ill.; and Jeffrey Colling, Yellville, Ark.; and one step daughter, Vicki Miller, Alford, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joan; one sister, Faye; and two brothers, Aaron and Vincent Colling.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the United Presbyterian Church, 401 Wakefield St., Laurel, NE 68745; the Hartington VFW Post #5283, 126 E. Main St., Hartington, NE 68739; or the Providence Medical Center Hospice of Wayne.