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Wayne Leon McCollum, age 66, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Freeman Hospital following a sudden illness.
Wayne was born July 15, 1950, in Joplin to the late Howard McCollum and Lila Atwood McCollum. He was a plumber with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 178 of Springfield, Mo. Throughout his career, he made numerous friends, many of which calling him "Dad". He was a master plumber, spending a lifetime learning all he could about his trade. Wayne loved not only to work, but had a special friendship with all of his animals.
On December 31, 1997, Wayne married Brenda Lawrence after spending more than 20 years together. She survives of the home in Joplin.
Additional survivors include step children, Kristy Houdyshell and husband, David, of Oronogo, Mo., and Travis Benfield, of Neosho; grandchildren, Travis and Austin Perry, Luke and Lilly Benfield, Trey and Chelsea Houdyshell; great-grandchildren, Jordon and Madaline Houdyshell; sister, Donna Thrasher and husband, Wayne, of Joplin; a niece Katie Thrasher.
Funeral services are planned for Tuesday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Parker Mortuary with Russ Hibbard, officiating. Wayne will be taken for cremation following the service.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.
Published on March 26, 2017
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