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Mel Collum
Mel CollumOhioStateMel Collum, 59 of rural Marysville died unexpectedly Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Memorial Hospital of Union County.  He was born May 31, 1955 in Bellefontaine to the late William and Bess (Shafer) Collum.

On March 13, 1988 he married the former Ronda K. Hunt in the First Church of the Nazarene in Marion and she survives.

He loved watching his sons play baseball and football from the time they could swing a bat through their young adulthood.  He was well-known for shouting “Attaboy!” when his sons made him proud on the baseball and football fields and never once hesitated to tell his sons how proud he was of them.  He enjoyed his time with his buddies in the press box being a spotter for North Union Football.  He was a very hard worker and was highly respected at Honda for 27 years, retiring on March 1, 2014.

Mel had a wonderful sense of humor that could lighten the room, even when it was just making a goofy face.  He had an endless love for his family and made it his top priority to care for them and make them happy.  Mel had an amazing group of friends that he could sit around and talk to for hours, and enjoyed taking family vacations with them to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  He was an avid OSU, North Union and Cincinnati Reds fan.

A 1973 graduate of Indian Lake High School, he attended the Marysville Grace Brethren Church.  Since his decision to believe in Jesus as per Romans 10:9-10 his family has the assurance that he is in Heaven enjoying a pain-free life.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four sons, Brent Collum, Minster; Josh (April) Collum, Sydney; Cam (Steph McElroy) Collum, Marysville; Shel Collum, Marysville; grandson, Riley Collum; mother and father-in-law, John and Sharon Hunt, Prospect; sister-in-law, Rita (Greg) Clark, Marion; brother-in-law, Steve (Lisa) Hunt, Prospect; two sisters, Billie (Butch) Munz, Bellefontaine; Kathy Collum.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Marysville Grace Brethren Church with Pastor Clancy Cruise officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM at the Marysville Grace Brethren Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Marysville Grace Brethren Church, 17240 Amrine Wood Road, Marysville, OH  43040.

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#1 from: Jim Hough
 
Jhough2005@icloud.com Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Thinking of Ronda and the boys during this very difficult time. Rest in peace brother!



#2 from: Scott and Teresa
 
bteresa@hotmail.com Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Thoughts and prayers to you and you family Rhonda..you will be missed



#3 from: Steve Johnson
 
No email Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM

My condolences to friends and family, Mel was a good man and will be missed.



#4 from: Mike Manns
charlotte nc
jaxmdm@aol.com Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 6:15 PM

My friend Mel you will be missed but not forgotten. I thank God for our friendship and pray for peace and strength for your wife and children.



#5 from: Bob & Ann Kirkpatrick
Leesbirg. Fla.
rekbak1@gmail.com Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

We have just been in Fla. this week & we could hardly believe our e-mail.  We haven't seen you for so long but think of you often.  



#6 from: Judy Gray
 
Grayfarm1@gmail.com Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM

So very sorry for your loss. Remembering all of you in prayer.



#7 from: Margo Furer
Mount victory, ohio
mjfurer@yahoo.com Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Ronda and family, so very sorry for your loss. Worked with Mel for years and was such a nice gentleman and hard worker.  Always took pride in his family and work.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.



#8 from: Rick & Julie Ross
Richwood
No email Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Cam,
We are shocked and saddened by the passing of your Dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Don't hesitate to call or come over if you need anything.
We love you!
Rick, Julie & Matt




#9 from: Cindy Botkins Dye
Richwood,Ohio
mintercindy@gmail.com Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 6:56 PM

My heart felt sympathize to the entire family.Thought and prayers to all!



#10 from: Darla Waterwash
Powell, Ohio
djwash46@yahoo.com Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Collum Family
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Mel. What a wonderful man he was and will live on through Cam and Shel and through the heart of Rhonda.  We have so many fun and crazy memories of travel baseball, sitting by the fire solving the world problems and pool parties.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers!  I can still hear Mel yelling "Ataboy Cam" at the games! Hugs to all!



#11 from: Mike Adams
 North Union HS
madams@nu-district.org Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM

I'm sorry for your loss.  My family willing be thinking of you, especially the boys.



#12 from: Merle Orsborne
DeGrraff Ohio 43318
classic158@hotmail.com Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 8:32 PM

So sorry for your loss. Mel worked for me at Honda before my retirement in 2006. I will always remember Mel for his wit and his love  and respect of people. A super person for sure.



#13 from: Rebecca LaRue
ruchwood, OH
No email Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 9:49 PM

i am so sorry for your loss! Know that I will be thinking of you in the coming weeks! Prayers.....



#14 from: Tracy and Trenna
 
No email Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 9:57 PM

We are so sorry!



#15 from: John & Jiulie Foster & family
 
No email Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We feel very fortunate to have had the pleasure of spending the summers with Mel and your family at the various baseball games and Mel's kindness and great personality will truly be missed.



#16 from: Judy Cunningham
Delaware, OH
Judy5877@aol.com Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 10:03 PM

To Ronda and family, my heart is saddened by your loss, God has received a truly great man, Mel always had a smile, such a great man! Thoughts and prayers with you all !



#17 from: Jean Wedding
 
j_wedding@hotmail.com Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Cam and Shel, please accept my condolences and extend them to the rest of your family, as well. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Jean Wedding



#18 from: Peggy Rasey
 
padams955@gmail.com Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 3:19 AM

To all of Mel's family, please accept our deepest sympathies. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Peggy and Keith Rasey



#19 from: David Hudson
Richwood ohio
pastordlhudson@gmail.com Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 6:23 AM

So sorry for your loss.  Breaks our hearts. You have been and will continue to be in our prayers.  The grace of God will get you through this.  I pray that the peace that passes understanding will comfort you throughout this terrible tragedy.  Prayers.



#20 from: Duke Tingley
 
No email Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Prayers for you and your family, R.I.P my friend



#21 from: Brian Belinda Ben and Breanna
 
No email Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

You all are in our thoughts and prayers.  We love you all and know that you are hurting beyond words.  So we send our love and hugs and prayers continually and know that love will see you through this time of loss.  Hang on and know that you are loved.



#22 from: Missy Gilliam. Erica and Cody
Marion
No email Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

We have been where you are and understand your pain. Be gentle with yourselves. Prayers of healing are being sent to all of you.
Missy, Erica and Cody



#23 from: Jerry & Peg Gray Weaver
Marysville
jwpg2007@yahoo.com Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Cam (& Stephanie), I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your Dad, I just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God bless you with His peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead.
Please extend our condolences to the rest of your family. I am Stephanie's Great Aunt Peg.



#24 from: Jimmy (LB) and Marie Denton
 
Denton372003@yahoo.com Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Ronda we are so sorry for your loss, any thing you or the boys need please let us know, our thoughts and prays are with you.



#25 from: Jeanne Walker
 
njw8450@gmail.com Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Greg & Rita
I 'am praying for God 's Grace to uphold you at this difficult time.



#26 from: Bruce & Tammy Poling
Zanesfield
bruceapoling@yahoo.com Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 4:59 PM

So sorry for your loss. Loved getting together with you guys when the kids were little.  Prayers for you all.



#27 from: Marilyn (Taylor) Springs
Bellefontaine, Ohio
msprings@hillandhamilton.com Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 5:16 PM

I graduated with Mel, and always remember him as a warm and friendly young man who had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone! My husband worked with him at Honda and said he remained exactly the same in later years. I am so sorry for your loss.



#28 from: Rena Yates
Richwood
No email Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Rhonda so sorry my thoughts are with you Rena



#29 from: Jeff and Pam Webb
Richwood Ohio
No email Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

We would like to extend out deepest sympathy.
We will be praying that you all feel the loving peace from God that passes all understanding.
Mel touched many lives through the years and will be missed deeply.
May God be with all who knew and loved him in the difficult time ahead.
In Christ Love.
Jeff, Pam, Sanantha, Stephanie, Gabbie and Garrett.



#30 from: Jan and Brad Gentzler
 
No email Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM

We send our deepest sympathy to the family. I worked with him for years and years .  He was a friend, funny and fun to be around. He will be missed.




#31 from: Kerri Barthauer
Huntsville
playlandpark@embarqmail.com Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 9:37 AM

So sorry for your loss. Mel was a pleasure to know and work with.



#32 from: Martha & Dave Bishop
Urbana
m.bishop51@yahoo.com Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Rhonda and family: Sorry about your loss. Mel you will be missed a lot. You are always in our prayers. Go with God and rest in peace.



#33 from: Pam Wickliff
Shawnee, Lima Ohio
pamwickliff@hotmail.com Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

My condolences to the Collum family. I went to High School with Mel and have many find memories of the group of us who always hung out together! And that Z-28 Camaro he had!!!  May his love and memory surround you always...



#34 from: Cheryl and Matthew Skeins
North Union Schools
cskeins@nu-district.org Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

We are so sorry for your loss! He will surely be missed on the baseball sidelines this season!



#35 from: bill Nibert
 
No email Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 3:33 PM

So sorry for the loss of your husband ,father and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
  Bill and  Johna Nibert and Blaine Rivers



#36 from: Phyllis Snyder
Bellefontaine
psnyder_9@hotmail.com Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I graduated with Mel and I remember him as always having a big smile on his face! He was so nice! I will never forget him! I'm so sorry for you're loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.



#37 from: Andy Brady
 
No email Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 7:38 PM

You will be missed my friend. Thoughts and prayers with your family.



#38 from: Bill
Wilson
Bksdrba@gmail.com Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

🙏 With deepest sympathy to the Collum, and Hunt family. May you find strength during this difficult time to realize an angel has been lifted to heaven.

I will never forget the Fiero ride from Marysville to Marion back in 1987. We had some great times together! The mustache made his smile look like it was from  ear to ear! R.I.P.  My Friend!



#39 from: Ruthanna ( Eley ) Tynan
Bellefontaine
sweenamom@hotmail.com Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Billie, Kathy and Mel's family,

So sorry to hear of your loss.

Thinking of you at this difficult time.



#40 from: Donna Smalley
Marysville
draysmalley@gmail.com Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.



#41 from: The Racer family
Marysville
janetracer42@gmail.com Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Ronda and boys,I was shocked and saddened to hear about Mel's passing.I know how much that he meant to your family.All of the boys (Shane)are broken-hearted for you.Big hugs to you all,Janet,Shane,Aaron and Mason




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