John Collum


John Collum, 65, of Kinmundy, IL died June 30, 2019 in Salem.

Born October 14, 1953 in Salem, IL, he as the son of William M. and Wanda (Gaston) Collum.

To his family, he was a husband, father, brother, and a friend to many. In their hearts, he was the patriarch of the Collum family, greatly respected, and a pillar of the community. With his sudden loss, his family wants to use this time to glorify this wonderful man.

John was owner/operator of his over the road trucking business for 20 years. He was honored to be a member of the 2 Million Mile Club, and recognized for being accident free. He was a member of New Bethel Presbyterian Church of Salem, the SaJanice Marie Horathlem Moose Club and the Salem Elk's Lodge. He also was an excellent cook, especially grilling and smoking meat. His grandchildren were his world. His family will always remember his nature as being dedicated, quiet and reserved. He was also generous and full of compassion.The hardest worker around, he will be remembered as going above and beyond the call of duty.

He married Kathy L. Burkett, July 4, 1990 and she survives in Cartter, IL, along with their daughters Emmy J. Steward of Odin, Il, Marissa (Scott) Miller of Springfield, IL and Abby (Jim) Butler of Patoka, IL Also his grandchildren Amelia, Aysia, Riley, Chloe, Everly, Kinzley and Oliver.

Also left to mourn his passing is his brother Carl (Kathy) Collum of Iuka, sisters, Carolyn (Charlie) Arnold of Iuka, Pam Ford of Centralia, IL, and Angela (Will) Sloss of Salem, along with sisters-in-law, Kim Collum of Bettendorf, Iowa and Sue Collum of Ava, IL.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers David Lee Collum, Joe Collum and brother-in-law, Ben Ford.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem with Rev. Jerry Fields officiating. Carolyn Collum Arnold will deliver a eulogy. Burial will follow at the Poplar Creek Cemetery, Orchardville, IL.

Visiting hours will be Friday evening from 5-8:00 p.m. at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children Hospital, and left accepted by Rankin Funeral Home, entrusted with the family's care.