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BLOOMINGTON — Lyle Lynn “Mac” McCollum, 87, Bloomington, passed away at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday (June 15, 2011) at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community,  Chenoa.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Interment will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community Association, 24588 Church St., Chenoa, IL 61726.

He was born March 11, 1924, in Lexington, son of Walter Roy and Brittie Bernice Newkirk McCollum. He married Coriene “Connie” E. Rasmus on May 28, 1947, in Olathe, Kan., and they recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

Surviving are his wife of Bloomington; two sons, Roger K. (Rene) McCollum, Wildwood, and Brad A. (Marjorie) McCollum, Hudson; two daughters, Vickie L. (Lyndell) Robinson, Springfield, and Debbie L. (David) Fairfield, Danvers; 14 grandchildren, twins, Shaun and Jon McCollum; Megan (Robert) Worth; Ian McCollum; Stacy (Matt) Beerup; Samuel McCollum; Adie McCollum; Benjamin McCollum; Ellen McCollum; York Breakville; Brooklyn Haworth; Douglas (Misty) Fairfield; Derek Fairfield and Drake (Crystal) Fairfield; and eight great-grandchildren, Caitlin; Gwendolyn; Bryan; twins, Chase and Wyatt; Carter; and Cooper and Zoe.

He was preceded in death by one infant sister, Mildred, and one brother, Walter R. McCollum Jr.

Lyle was a 1942 graduate of Normal Community High School, where he was very involved in sports and especially enjoyed baseball. After schooling, he went to work for the railroad, first working as a brakeman on steam engines, and later as a conductor on diesels. In April 1987, after 45 years, he retired as a conductor from Illinois Central Gulf. After his retirement, Lyle and his wife were part of a local Railroad Retirees Group.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served in the European Theater, assigned to Battalion 735 Transportation Corps. He was also a member of VFW Post 454 in Bloomington.

Lyle enjoyed playing golf and was proud to have five holes-in-one in his golfing career. He was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and Chicago Bulls basketball fan. 

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