David Winchester Collins

David Winchester Collins “Lil Dave,” 3, of Weston died Friday, March 7, 2014, of injuries he received in a vehicle accident.

People are invited to share in the remembrance of his life with the family. A small lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. A service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with a reception to follow after graveside services at the Presbyterian Church in Lingle.

He was born Oct., 15, 2010, to David R. and Kristina M. Collins in Gillette. He lived near Weston with his loving father, mother and baby sister, Liberty AnnaMay Collins.

He was cherished by all and he enjoyed working on the family place with his dad taking care of daily chores, helping his mom and being a big brother to his little sister. He never knew a stranger, was a light in the life of any person with whom he came into contact with and was very connected to Christ as he would always say his prayers loud enough for all to hear ending with a “grizzly” AMEN, which would make everyone smile and laugh.

He attended pre-school at the Campbell County Children’s Developmental Center and asked everyday if he was going to go to school to see his teachers. When at home, he loved to play blocks with his dad and mom, dance to music as well as watch movies. He would watch “The Magic School Bus” with his mom and “The Lone Ranger” with his dad, while donning a pair of silver pistols on his hips. He also enjoyed watching the movie “Cars” with his parents and would act out the race scenes with his Tonka dump truck all throughout the house wanting his parents to say ready, set, go.

When working with his dad, he was always his dad’s “pard” and would not leave his dad’s side. He always wanted to know what his dad was working on and why. He would consistently ask his dad why throughout the day as the chores progressed. When he became tired of asking why, he would take his dad’s answer and proudly repeat it as if he already knew the answer.

He loved to ride on the four-wheeler, always wanting to go faster. When his dad told him that it was fast enough, he would say, why? He would ask to ride on the tractor, and when his dad said the tractor was not needed for the job, the whys would start all over again.

When he went out to fix fence with his dad, they would often find a section that was in need of dire repair. When his dad would throw in a “quick repair” and say that we will repair it on a better day, he would say why? When he got back to the house, he would tell his mom all about how dad just fixed the fence and would have to fix it again later and ask why?

When riding to town with his mom he would see a train and ask his mom if he could ride the train. To his disappointment, his mother would have to tell him no, maybe another day, and once again the whys would begin.

He loved to help feed and water the livestock. He was always concerned that they had plenty of water. After his dad would say that they were good, he would respond with why, as he was already walking to the tanks to check for himself before he was content that they were taken care of. On the coldest and windiest days he would want to go for a horseback ride, when his dad said no it is too cold, the whys would begin again right before wanting to go back to the house to see his mom because he was cold.

His casket was handcrafted with the greatest love and care by his grandpa Mike and his dad, for a True One Of A Kind Wyoming Cowboy.

He is survived by his loving parents, David and Kristina; his sister, Liberty AnnaMay; paternal grandparents, Dave and Betsy Collins; maternal grandparents, Larry and Kathy Miller; great-grandmothers, AnnaLea Miller and Barbara Ellis along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins as well as outstanding extended family and friends throughout the entire country, all of which had great influence in his life.

In memory of Lil Dave, a memorial fund has been established to assist parents who cannot afford to send their child to pre-school. If your heart compels you to do so, in lieu of flowers please send donations to the following address: Lil David Winchester Collins Memorial, 12 Lou Road, Rozet, WY, 82727.
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