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
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 Horath
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.