MANSON - Bruce Collmann, 60, died peacefully at his home in Manson on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, following a long battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held on Sat. Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Manson. Visitation will be at the church from 4 until 7 p.m. on Fri, Sept. 21. Larson-Weishaar Funeral Home in Manson is in charge of arrangements.
Bruce Rolland Collmann was born on March 7, 1952, at Alexandria, LA, the son of Rolland and Norma (Reil) Collmann. After graduating from Manson High School, he attended Iowa Centeral Community College for two years, then graduated from Wartburg College in 1974. That same year he joined the R. B. Collmann Agency, Inc as an insurance agent and realtor, and became president of the corporation in 1990, remaining in that capacity until he was forced to retire from active participation in the business in April of 2012 due to ill health. He was united in marriage with Mary P. Baedke on Aug. 7, 1976, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ft. Dodge. During his 38 of active employment he received many awards for community service from the Governor of Iowa and the Manson community. He served as president of the Manson Lions , Chamber of Commerce and Manson Economic Development Commission, as well as serving on many community committees. He was very active in St. Paul Lutheran Church, serving on the church board, was president of the congregation, and sang in the church choir. He was a member of the singing group The Gentlemen Four and the Manson Meridian Singers. He served as president of the Calhoun County Board of Review and Calhoun County Appraisal Board. He will always be remebered for his kindness to others and a willingness to help anyone in the time of need. He leaves a legacy as a great husband, father, grandfather, son and brother to all in his family.
Bruce is survived by his wife Mary; son Aaron (Mariah) Collmann and grandson Parker who will be born in October; and son Andy (Katie) Collmann and granddaughter Bryn, all of whom live in W. Des Moines; his parents Rolland and Norma Collmann of Manson; sisters Barbara (Steve) Smith of Manson and Beth (Jim) Hudson of Pocahontas.