LeMoyne “Tommy” Collum
MARION — Reverend LeMoyne Thomas “Tommy” Collum, 83, of Marion went to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning, Sept. 12, 2006, at Marion General Hospital.
He was born in Tiro, Ohio, on May 6, 1923, the son of the late James Carl and Arsadilla Mae (Ballinger) Collum. Tom was a graduate of Marion Harding High School in the class of 1941, and served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater in Normandy during World War II.
A man of strong faith who lived as he preached, Tom was an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene, serving as pastor from 1946 until 1974 in Upper Sandusky, Utica, MacArthur and Bellevue, Ohio. He worked at Fairfield Engineering from 1974 until his retirement. In his later years he also served at the Salem Church of God, Lee Street Holiness Church and Shiloh Community Church in the Marion area. He will be remembered for his compassionate, caring and “Christ-like” ways.
On June 7, 1942, Tom married his loving wife of over 64 years, Grace (Turner) Collum, at the Marion First Church of the Nazarene. A sweet natured man, Tom was affectionate with his wife and often wrote her poetry. Together they also enjoyed traveling the countryside by car or train, and especially visiting the Smoky Mountains. A proud father of six daughters, Tom was very loving, patient and accepting; he was “rock solid and always there for them.” A wonderful role model, Tom found great joy in teasing and joking with his grandchildren, all the while still sharing his nostalgia for history.
With a good sense of humor about life, Tom regularly told friends and family he would “see you in the funny papers.” He also enjoyed spending time on the computer and e-mailing his many friends, or getting ice cream at the Red Caboose.
In addition to his wife, Tom will be missed by his six daughters, Carol (Rick) Hostrup of Powell, Nancy (Mike) Kuhn of Columbus, Rosemary (Bruce) Atherton of Columbia, Mo., Naomi (Jack) Chevalier of Marion, Barbara (Steve) Wood of Howard and Joyce (Michael) Nelson of Marion; grandchildren, Michelle Kuhn, Lori (Ron) Robbins, Gwen Marie Adkins, Monica Kuhn, Ron Looker II, Matthew (Kim) Nelson, Rachel and Emily Weaver and Mark Thomas Nelson; stepgrandchildren, Scott (Jackie) Chevalier, and Christina (James) Poole; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Danielle Robbins; stepgreat-grandchildren, Joshia, Jamee, Angel and Abigail Chevalier and Amanda Swartz; sister, Mary M. Collum; special friends, Carolyn and Wesley Looker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Opal Naomi (John) Broz; and a nephew, Jack Broz.
The family will greet friends on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 233 W. Church St., Marion, where services will be held on Friday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Riley Powell officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will follow in the Marion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Gideon’s International, P. O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214; or to Nazarene World Mission, General Treasurer of the Church of the Nazarene, 6401 the Paseo, Kansas City, MO 64131.
A loving son, husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, pastor and friend, Tom was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home. Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Mark E. Dillon
HOWARD — Mark Edward Dillon, 41, of North Highland Court, Howard, passed away at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, 2006.
Mark was born on May 6, 1965, in Ashland to Edward and Marie (Baker) Dillon. He was a graduate of the Malabar High School in Mansfield and a member of the Palmyra Church of Christ. In 1971, Mark was selected as the Easter Seal Child for Ashland County. He also participated in the Special Olympics for many years.
Besides his father of Ashland, he is survived by his wife, Lauriza Beth (Still) Dillon, whom he married on May 20, 1995; brothers, Darrin Dillon of Florida, Dennis Cummings of Ashland, and Jimmy, Jackie, Daniel, Chris and Dean Dillon, all of Morehead, Ky.; sisters, Debbie (Ernie) Bowen, Tammy Finley, Connie Cummings, Kandy Buhl and Diane Tolliver, all of Ashland, and Tammy June Trent of Morehead, Ky.; close companions and loving caregivers, Joyceie and Steve Pelton and family; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his mother, Mark was preceded in death by his grandmother, Marjorie Baker.
The family will receive friends Thursday, Sept. 14, from noon until time of funeral services at 2 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. Evangelist Troy Northrop will officiate the funeral. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Knox County Board of MRDD, 11700 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To view this obituary or to leave an online condolence to the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Merl R. Jennings
MELBOURNE, Fla. — Merl Raymond Jennings, 90, passed over after a long illness on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at home in Melbourne, Fla.
Mr. Jennings was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and retired as an engineer from Lockheed Martin.
Mr. Jennings is survived by his loving wife, Catherine (Denhardt) Jennings; daughters, Marilyn (Corenth) Owens of Melbourne, Fla., Linda (Clinton) Owens of Cocoa, Fla.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Helen Howes of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and Kathryn Gorsuch of Pickerington, Ohio.
Mr. Jennings was preceded in death by his parents, Walter “Bob” and Alice (Merrin) Jennings; brothers, Russell Jennings and Harold Jennings; and a sister, Opal Carroll, all from Mount Vernon.
Burial was in Florida Memorial Gardens, Cocoa, Fla. Memorials may be made to the Lighthouse Assembly of God Missions, 26 W. Fee Ave., Melbourne, FL 32901.
Carol A. Workman
GAMBIER — Carol A. Workman, 58, of Newcastle Road, Gambier, passed away on Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
She was born on April 28, 1948, in Mount Vernon to the late Sterl and Leah (Rine) Laymon. Carol earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. She was employed by the Mount Vernon City Schools for 30 years and spent 27 wonderful years as a kindergarten teacher at Pleasant Street Schools. Carol was a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church where she played the piano for Sunday services. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Ohio Teachers Association, National Teachers Association, Knox County Retired Teachers Association and the Dogwood Blossoms.
She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Howard Workman; a brother, Gerald (Nicole) Laymon of Gambier; many nieces and nephews; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom (Connie) Workman, Shelley (Leo) Armstrong, Mary Lou (Rayfield) Neighbarger and Judy (George) Stringfellow. Carol considered every one of her students as her children.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. in Brandon Cemetery with the Rev. Kevin Pellinen officiating. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell United Methodist Church in care of John and Barb Butler, 18301 Hopewell Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary and guest registry may be viewed online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.