Sam L. Collom
Sam L. Collom passed away peacefully at his home in Topeka, on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the age of 77. He was born on August 7, 1939, in Danville, IL, and was preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Rowena Collom, and daughter, Lori Kay Collom, on January 19, 1998.
Sam is survived by his wife of 51 years, Charlene; three sons: Steven (Jennifer), David (Becky) and Craig (Karen) along with four grandchildren: Dylan, Jarred, Kelsey and Kristen.
Sam was a self-taught handy-man who loved to tinker with items and making them functional. He also dabbled in making wooden toys. Sam was an avid bowler who achieved the pinnacle of rolling three perfect 300-games. He often spoke fondly about all of his bowling buddies while sharing many stories about how he used to “stir-the-pot” by giving everyone a hard, but good-natured ribbing. Sam enjoyed lending a helping hand to anyone in need and was especially focused on supporting his children and grandchildren. Before retiring from Seaman USD 345 as a Custodian, Sam was a driver for Whelan’s Lumber.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Monday, August 7, 2017, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Avenue, Topeka. Interment will be in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery, 3616 SW Sixth Avenue, Topeka.
Sam will lie in state from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, Sunday, at the funeral chapel where the family will receive friends from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Interim Healthcare and Hospice of Topeka, 1251 SW Arrowhead, Suite 103, Topeka, KS 66604.