Merle Gene McColm

CHEROKEE — Merle “Mooch” Gene McColm, 93, of Cherokee passed away at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

He was born Dec. 25, 1927, at Monmouth, the son of Earl Durwood and Julia Erma (Hardin) McColm.

Mr. McColm served in the U.S. Army before being honorably discharged.

On Nov. 30, 1947, he was united in marriage to Sharylene Clugston at McCune. She survives of the home.

Mr. McColm worked as a farmer, stockman and most recently as a road grader for the county before his retirement.

Membership was held in the Osage Church of the Brethren in McCune and the Cherokee American Legion. He was a serious fisherman/card player, antique/junk dealer and bubble gum grandpa to many.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Allen McColm (Shelly) of Rogersville, Missouri; four daughters, Sherry Smith (Charlie) of Cherokee, Kathy Stewart (Jay) of McCune, Glenna Lovell (John) of Pittsburg and Torri Poteat of Cherokee; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren with three more on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother and nine sisters.

A service for Mr. McColm is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, with pastor Max Waldon officiating. Burial will follow in Cherokee City Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials to Horses of Hope, and they may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. Fourth St., Pittsburg, KS 66762.

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