Obituaries

Ben E. McCollum

February 17, 1933 - January 1, 2020

Ben E.  McCollum

Obituary

Ben E. McCollum, 86, of Rockford, IL passed away on January 1, 2020 in Rockford, IL. He was born on February 17, 1933 in South Guilford, MO to Herman and Nola (Peavler) McCollum. Ben married his loving wife of 68 years, Gladys Hoeg, on September 6, 1951 in Rockford, IL. Ben faithfully served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War as an Airborne Paratrooper. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant First Class on June 2, 1954. Ben received the Korean Service Medal with the Bronze Service Star, the National Defense Service Medal, and 2 Purple Hearts.


After his military career, he began working as an operator for an Electrical Union. Ben was a life member of the VFW Post 1461, the Masonic Temple, and the American Legion. Ben loved riding Harleys, drinking Pabst beer, traveling, dancing and partying, and feeding the birds and squirrels near his home. But more importantly, Ben loved spending time with his family and friends.


Ben will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Gladysโ€™ his children, Rick McCollum, Cheryl (Leroy) Romine, and Steven McCollum; his sister, Patricia Baldridge; his grandchildren, Ben (Becky) Boettcher, Randy (Donelle) Boettcher, Justin (Josephine) Romine, Jason (Carol) McCollum, Jeremy (Lakin) McCollum, Steven McCollum, Candis Cassioppi, Marc (Sheri) Romine, Melanie Brown; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Julia; his sisters, Anita Poe, Ella Blythe, Linda Mason, and Cytella Mendoza; and his brothers, Herman โ€œLeroyโ€ McCollum, Drexel McCollum, Randal McCollum, and Roscoe McCollum.


The visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services. The funeral ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services. The burial will be at Belvidere Cemetery. Pastor Duane Boehm will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Benโ€™s name may be gifted to the Shriner Hospital in his honor. To light a candle or write a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

Service Schedule

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

The visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
11:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

The funeral ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services.

Belvidere Cemetery

The burial will be at Belvidere Cemetery.

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Grandpa you will be greatly missed I had hoped to return home with my children so they could meet you both I love you rest in peace now grandpa ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ™ I’m so glad I have found you both in my lifetime as my biological grandparents!

Candis cassioppi 2020-04-01T10:51:29

I am honored to say that I got the chance to be friends with a true hero.
Thank you for the friendship we had working together.
May your family find the comfort they need from every one you have touched through out your life.
Thank you and watch over us
Rest in Peace my friend

Ronald Vincer 2020-01-08T18:03:10

You were always smiling and thanks for your service. Keep riding bro!

Steve jones 2020-01-08T09:16:56

Ben, You were a great addition to our team at Kegel Harley-Davidson. May God speed and keep you!

Karl Kegel 2020-01-07T20:28:28

Had fun with this guy for sure. Great memories.
Our condolencesfro our family to yours.

Ed Mings 2020-01-07T11:50:32

My condolences to the McCollum family

Audie L Shipman 2020-01-07T11:17:08

My condolences to the McCollum family.

Larry kabe 2020-01-06T16:49:01

My condolences to the McCollum family. I am very sorry for your loss.

Ronald Orris 2020-01-06T11:39:50

Ben may you Rest In Peace, we all owe you a debt that canโ€™t be paid but honored for serving in the Korean War, may they have Harleys in Heaven and dancing girls for you ! Rip

Bob Waldman 2020-01-06T10:37:09

Ben was a very good friend. I’ve thought about him often and always smiled

Sally A Miller 2020-01-06T08:32:57

We will miss you and we love you alots

Kathy and shawn shinderling 2020-01-05T06:47:49

Dear McCollum Families,
We are so sorry for your great loss. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Our hearts are broken with yours. There are never enough words to sooth your heartache other than your father and Grandfather and Great Grandfather is better now. He has a new body free from pain and he’s breathing heavens purest air now.
There’s a real big “Home Coming Party” going on in Heaven right now! The Angels I bet announce your love ones arrival by shouting “He’s Home! He’s Home!” He’s met by his daughter Julie, his mother and father, brother Leroy and brothers Roscoe , Drexel and Randy and sisters Ella Rose, Catella, and Linda. There’s his Gramma Rose and the Civil War Soldier Grandfather Ben was named after who lived to be 90 or into his 90’s. Ben was working on it but life here was getting to challenging. Yes indeed there’s a big celebration in your love ones honor!
I know God will leave Ben’s party for just a little while to come join you here bringing each of you strength and encouragement as you each support one another getting through this difficult time.
You will be in our thoughts prayers in the days ahead.
We love you
Uncle Don and Aunt Gloria

Don and Gloria Peck 2020-01-04T14:37:46

So sorry for your loss Mrs. McCollum and all. We still remember the little outfit your family sent when Heidi was born 36 years ago. We had pictures taken in that outfit and think of your family from time to time. Give our regards to all. We will be thinking about you in the days ahead. Safe travels for all.

Dorothy Hart 2020-01-04T08:03:06

My condolences to Mrs. McCollum, Cheryl (Leroy) and the rest of the family.

David A. Davis 2020-01-03T17:46:26

There have been few story tellers who could do it better than Ben. I will always miss sharing the stories of farming on his grandma’s farm, the military service, the high lines and always are favorites- talking trucking and riding Harley’s.
I will miss him greatly and am a better person for having known him. My sympathies go out to all of his family and friends to whom he was an honorable and loving patriarch.

Terry Adkins 2020-01-03T15:14:31

Sorry for your loss praying for everyone๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Tina Sipe 2020-01-03T14:48:40

Sorry for your loss ,prayers to everyone ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Tina Sipe 2020-01-03T14:43:37

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