Larry Dean Collom, 84, born Nov. 24, 1932, in Yankee Branch, died at his home in rural Georgetown early Friday morning, March 17, 2017. He married his wife on Sept. 11, 1954, at Liberty Church in Georgetown.
His wife of 62 years, Susanne (Neild) Collom survives. Also surviving are his children, Charles (Becky) of Georgetown, Thomas (Valerie) of Mascoutah, Brenda Opperman of Maryville, Mark (Sheila) of Galesville, Wis., and Lora (Andy) Kyger of Memphis, Tenn.; grandchildren, Justin (Sarah), Nicholas (Brandi), Bradley, Jennifer (Dean), Christopher (Britney), Ashley (Jeff), Weslee (Nick), Neil (Chelsie), Matthew, Zachary, Lucas, Norris and Emily; great-grandchildren, Lilie, Lorynn, Bryleigh, Charleigh, Samantha, Natileigh, Alexander, Kiersten, Brantley, Lathan, Kapree, Lucy and Maxwell; siblings, Curtis of Houma, La., Patsy Green of Danville, and Alan of Georgetown; as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cathy; grandchildren, Nathan and Natasha; and brother, Stanley.
Larry graduated Georgetown High School in 1951 and then went on to graduate the University of Illinois in 1956. He earned his Master's degrees from the U of I and University of Colorado. Larry served proudly in the U.S. Army ROTC during college and served the U.S. Army tank division in Fort Knox, Ky.
He was a teacher in Arenzville, Tolono, Scotland, and Rossville, Ill., before settling in District 118 in Danville at North Ridge Junior High. He taught there from 1963 until he retired in 1988. Larry was a member and Elder of Liberty Church in Georgetown.
Among many things, Larry liked to be in his garden and photography. He wrote stories and did woodworking. He loved to travel. Larry built his home in the early 1960s and he took great pride in his home and community. He kept the roads and area around his home free of any litter. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Yankee Branch. Larry taught his family the value of hard work, the importance of family, and a love for God and others. He served his family with great generosity and a willing spirit.
A celebration of Larry's life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Sunset Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E. West Street, Georgetown. Pastor Glenn Thompson will officiate. He will be laid to rest at Whitlock Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials in his name may be made to Liberty Church. Please join Larry's family in sharing memories on his tribute wall at .