"Jake" C. Collum
INDIAN LAKE, TX.-
James "Jake" C. Collum, 90, of Indian Lake, passed away November 8, 2012. He was born September 25, 1922 in Maud, Oklahoma. He attended School at Harjo, Oklahoma and graduated in 1941. He then joined the CCC's, volunteered for the US Navy in 1942, attended boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois, and later shipped to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Naval Air Station. He was classified as Storekeeper SK3rd Class and sent to Wildwood, New Jersey for advanced training for Aviation Supply Annex. Soon thereafter, Jake boarded a ship for Saipan to participate in the invasion of Japan when the Atomic Bomb was dropped in Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Jake was honorably discharged in 1946, V6 US Navy Reserves.
Jake went on to play semi-pro baseball in Oregon for two years. Then in 1951, he migrated to Hobbs, New Mexico to work for Warren Petroleum in Monument, New Mexico. He retired as a gas tester in 1983. He moved from Hobbs, New Mexico to Indian Lake, Texas in 1996.
Jake was an involved member of the community. He served as member of the Los Fresnos Chamber of Commerce, serving as Vice President of the Executive Board, was Mayor of Indian Lake, was a life member of New Mexico VFW Post #3274, and was a Life Member of American Legion 33 years N.M. #26.
He is preceded in death by his siblings, Willie ``Red' Collum, Winona Bunch, and Wanda June Stovall.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Hamblin Collum, residing in Indian Lake, Texas. Also by six other siblings, Wilma Dean Scott, Margie Northcutt, Edward Collum, Vernon ``Pete' Collum, Beverly Barton, and Patsy Anson; three stepchildren Vickie McKnight Wells (George), Robert McKnight, Rockell McKinley Johnson (James); six step-grand-children, Casey Johnson, Britney Johnson, Jana Johnson, Shaw Blackburn, Jeremy Blackburn, and Lance Desardi. Jake will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home of Los Fresnos. A memorial to celebrate Jake's life is scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2012, starting at 6:00 pm with Military Honors and a ceremony at 7:00 pm at Sunset F.H. 956-233-6333. In lieu of flowers a donation to a military organization would be appreciated.
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Published in Valley Morning Star on Nov. 18, 2012