Longtime Kenai resident Glen Rex 'Red' McCollum Sr. died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at his home. He was 84.
Memorial services will be at noon Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road. All are invited to stay and share in a meal with family and friends after the service.
Mr. McCollum was born Oct. 11, 1917, to Otis Dewey and Phoebe Jane (Crook) McCollum in Savage, Mont. His parents then moved the family to Red Lodge, Mont., where he spent many of his teen years.
During World War II, he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Yellowstone National Park -- Company 939 -- Camp Nine Mile F38 -- Alberton, Mont., where he performed duties as an axeman, mechanic and subsection foreman. He was described on his discharge papers as an excellent workman.
Given an honorable discharge May 2, 1937, his next adventure was to navigate the big mining trucks that hauled chrome, silver and sulfur throughout the Montana basin country. In 1947, he was offered a job as a roughneck on an oil rig in the Little Grass Creek Field in Wyoming. Quickly promoted to driller for the next l0 years, he averaged three moves a year throughout the western and southern states.
In April 1959, at Naturita, Colo., he was offered a job by Mountain States Drilling to move his family to Alaska. In May of that year they settled in Kenai. He drilled some of the first producing wells in Swanson River Field.
When the rig was sold to another contractor, he left and started a roustabout company -- Northern Oil Operations Inc. This company held the maintenance contracts for Standard Oil of California for the next 24 years.
Reluctant to retire, he decided to take up commercial fishing in Cook Inlet for the next four years. Never one to be idle in recent years, he had quite a political voice. Because of his knowledge of construction, in 2001 he was appointed to the Kenai Harbor Commission.
"This was exciting, and he enjoyed keeping abreast of the need for some answers concerning the bluff erosion problem or any other civic matters," his family said. "May God now grant you eternal rest, our dear father."
Mr. McCollum was preceded death by his parents; his beloved wife, Florine A. (Vannoy) McCollum; daughter Lavonne Kuebler; sister, Blanche Gibson and brother, Clyde.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Trudy Lee; sons Glen Rex Jr. and Troy Lee; daughters and sons-in-law Patricia and Cecil Falkenberg and Cindy and Roger Trepanier; sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Don Oswald of Longview, Wash.; brother, Leo of Walla Walla, Wash. and sister-in-law Neoma of Yakima, Wash.; grandchildren, Shane Falkenberg, Don Lee McCollum Jr., Kellie McCollum, Cora Leigh McCollum, Cody Otis McCollum, Shane Kuebler, Heath Trepanier and Troy Lee Trepanier; great-grandchildren, Curtis, Mitchell, Kourtney, Justin, Reiss, Stephen, Miranda, Brittany, Courtney, Cameron, Aaron, Andrea, Heather, Matthew and Nathaniel; nieces and nephews, Dale, David, Connie, Rhonda, Leanne, Denise and Diane, and numerous church families and children from both Kenai Grace Brethren and Peninsula Grace Brethren Churches.
The family requests that all donations be directed to Love INC. Kenai Chapter, the Love INC. breakfast program or the Kenai Senior Center.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel
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