John E. McCollum, 91, of Ft. Madison passed away at 10:20 AM on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at his home.
He was born on July 3, 1927 in Brookfield, MO to Leland and Ramah Riddle McCollum. On August 17, 1984 he married Judy Fenton in Ft. Madison. John was an Engineer for the
Santa Fe Railroad and retired in 1985. John served in the Army during WWII. Music was John’s life. He was a songwriter for numerous country singers including John Michael Montgomery, Toby Keith and Barbara Mandrell just to name of few. One of his songs reached the quadruple platinum level. He was inducted into the Iowa CMA Hall of Fame. He also attended Joy Baptist Church and was saved as a young boy.
Survivors include his wife, Judy McCollum of Fort Madison; two sons, Richard “Eddy” (Rose) McCollum of Ft. Madison and Stan McCollum of Ft. Madison; one daughter, Sharon (Mick) West of McAllen, TX; five step children, Donald King of Anamosa, Gregory (Pamela) King of Denmark, Krista (Rich) Weakley of Ft. Madison, Susan (Bryan) Woodley of Ft. Madison and Ritchie King of Hamilton, IL; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and two half brothers in infancy.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 with Rev. Earl Beal officiating at Soldiers’ Circle, Oakland Cemetery with military rites performed by the Ft. Madison Veterans Honor Guard. The family will meet with friends at King-Lynk Funeral Home from 12:30 until the time of the service.
A memorial has been established in his memory and online condolences may be left at www.kinglynk.com.