David Lee McCollum, age 84, formerly of Homewood, IL, peacefully passed away at 10:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 at the Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Charleston in the loving company of his wife of sixty-four years, Marilyn.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 25th at Salem Lutheran Church, 18324 Ashland Ave, Homewood, with the Rev. Dr. David Speerbrecker officiating. Burial will be at the Oakridge Cemetery in Hillside. Visitation is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24th, at the Tews Funeral Home, 18230 Dixie Hwy in Homewood, and thirty minutes prior to the funeral service at the church.
David was born on November 11, 1929 in Atwood, TN, the son of Hugh L. and Exie (Fesmire) McCollum. He married Marilyn Louise Wollenberg on September 3, 1949. She survives. David was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers – H.L. McCollum and Thomas McCollum, sister-in-law Betty McCollum, and a daughter Kathleen (McCollum) Atwood.
Other survivors include a son, Timothy (Rita) McCollum of Charleston; son-in-law William Kent Atwood of Decatur, IL; four grandchildren – Monica (Jason) Tapp of St. Louis, MO, Michael (Brittany) Atwood of Monticello, IL, Amy Atwood of Madison, WI, and Kyle (Carol Ann) McCollum of West Frankfort, IL; and five great-grandchildren.
David graduated from Harrison High School in Chicago, where he met Marilyn, and they played together in the school band. He completed several classes at Northwestern University and was employed for more than forty years in the accounting department of the Baltimore & Ohio/CSX Railroad.
David’s life modeled the words of Joshua 24:15, “… As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” He was an active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago and later Salem Lutheran Church in Homewood, during which times he held numerous positions of office and service. His last active church role was serving as the president of the Salem Chapter of AAL/Thrivent. He traveled the world with Marilyn as they visited all fifty states, numerous countries, and sailed on countless cruises. He cherished the family vacations in Stevensville, MI, and the annual visits to his relatives in Tennessee. He was an avid Cub fan and particularly enjoyed listening to Ron Santo call the play-by-play on the radio. David’s favorite time was Christmas, and he took special pride in helping Marilyn decorate their home in preparation for hosting family and friends. Grandpa Dave will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Memorials in David’s honor can be made to Salem Lutheran Church, Homewood, IL, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charleston, IL,