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John Dean 'Jackie' Collum was born on June 21, 1927, in Victor, Iowa to John Edward and Sophia Louise Lohman Collum. He was raised in Newburg and graduated from Newburg High School. During his high school career he played in the Iowa State Baseball Tournament.

During World War II he served with the United States Army in the Pacific Theatre and was stationed in the Philippines. Following the war he returned home and was married to Betty Belles on February 28, 1948.

From 1948 to 1963 he played major league baseball as a pitcher with the Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Indians and the Twins. He was invited to the 1954 All Star game and was later inducted into the Iowa Baseball Hall of Fame. His best years in baseball were with the Cincinnati Reds.
Following his baseball career he worked in the automotive business in Grinnell and was owner of Pioneer Oil in Grinnell prior to his death.

Jack was a member of the Major League Baseball Alumni Association and the Grinnell Eagles Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Collum of Grinnell; three sons, Tom Collum and Bill Collum, both of Grinnell and Chris Collum of Cedar Rapids; three daughters, Kathy Locey and Terry Brown, both of Grinnell and Debbie Gallagher of Lake Mary, Florida; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; two brothers, Ambrose Collum of Grinnell and Larry Collum of Newton; one sister, Patricia Kester of Grinnell; and his special friends at the Mayflower Health Center, Vickie and Holly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bruce Collum; and two great grandchildren, Ryan and Grace Schwickerath.+

Memorials may be directed to the Jack Collum Memorial Fund and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

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