Troy Lee McCollum passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.
He was the youngest son of Glen and Florine McCollum. Dr. Issac flew our mother by plane to Seward where he arrived on April 23, 1962. That is the way they did it back then as we had no hospitals in that area.
Troy was never out of the state until he joined the US Marine Corps and took his basic training at Camp Pendelton in California, then served in Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina and Okinawa, Japan.
Upon returning home, he did some heavy equipment work in the family business Northern Oil Operations. Recent years found him in the Everett area where he relished his job at the Mustang Ranch salvaging car parts to be shipped all over the world. His latest talents found him working at building decks and sheds with a friend in the Pacific Northwest. He loved working with wood.
Troy was preceded in death by his father, mother, and one sister, Lavonne.
He is survived by brothers Glen McCollum and Don McCollum; and sisters Pat Falkenberg and Cindy (Roger) Trepanier.
Troy always had time for his many nieces, nephews and special friends, and we will miss his presence in our lives. My brother Glen so aptly called him "Freddie." He loved Red Skelton, and "Freddie the Freeloader" was his favorite.
A family memorial will be announced at a later date.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Jan. 4, 2017