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Dr. Robert J McCollum DDS MSD (Dr. Bob), beloved husband and father of Lees Summit, Missouri entered the kingdom of heaven peacefully on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 with his loving family by his side. He was 89 years old.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bolin Paul McCollum, mother, Bessie Marie McCollum (nee Sayers) and sister, Drusilla Marie Stephenson.
Dr. Bob was born in Kansas City, Missouri and attended Westport High School. He went to UMKC and graduated with a BS in Chemistry and Biology. He received his DDS while attending the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry and was then chosen for the Oral Surgery program. While there, he received his MSD in Oral Surgery and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Bob’s career accomplishments included; President of the KC Society of Oral Surgeons, member of the American College of Oral Surgeons, the Midwest Society of Oral Surgeons, lifetime member of American Dental Association, KC Dental Society, the American Laser Society and was on staff at many hospitals all around the Kansas City area. In honor of his career, Dr. Bob received many awards. One special award recognized 55 years of dental service by the state of Missouri. He had Oral Surgery offices in Independence, Kansas City, North Kansas City and Raytown. With the assistance of his wife and loyal employees, he was appreciated by his patients for being a truly caring and compassionate doctor. He was even known to calm patients with his beautiful singing voice before surgery.
Bob married the love of his life, Patrica Ann McCollum (nee Short) who survives him, along with his daughter, Janette Towle (Steve), sons; Steve McCollum, David McCollum (Rosemary) and Matthew McCollum, grandchildren; Sarrin Warfield (Rob), Megan Johnson (Louis), Logan McCollum and two great grandchildren; Emerson and Oakes Warfield.
His passion for life was contagious. He lived out Shakespeare’s words and embraced the “journey” of life in all things. He was an avid golfer with “11 holes-in-one”. He loved hunting, sailing, coaching swim team, fishing, racing SCCA cars, and woodworking completed in his impeccable workshop (Patty called the “mole hole”). An accomplished trumpeter and crooner, we can all still hear him serenading us with a favorite song of his, “Danny Boy”.
His relationship with God was of utmost importance. Out of his love for God, loving his family was his number one priority. He was a major influence helping each one of his children achieve their dreams. As a father he was always eager to help with anything needed, give moral support and treasured every minute spent with his loving wife, kids and grandkids. Above all others, the most inspiring love was that of his love for his wife Patty. Their love was the foundation of the entire family. They were always holding hands up until his final moments. Through his love, incredible stories and teachings, he portrayed the value of honesty, hard work, compassion and love for others. His special spirit will be with us all forever!
There will be a private family burial at Forest Hills Cemetery and the family will have a “Celebration of Life” in the spring. Details are being coordinated and will be shared at a later date.
Shannon Simmermon says
So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers for the entire family. May you find strength in your memories.
Sally Luck says
Our deepest condolences to Patty and the entire family. We were blessed to live next door to Bob and Patty for nine years. He was always friendly, good natured and entertaining. He loved life and shared his enthusiasm and positive spirit with all who knew him. One of our favorite memories is hearing him practice his trumpet for a family wedding. The sounds were so sweet! He was one in a million and he will be missed! Bill and Sally Luck
Nancy Shue Boyd says
Doc was very special to me as a kid and all my life. I will always cherish the morning of my wedding when he came to my house to deliver my gift with wisdom a song and a hug on my big day!! He was my Dad’s friend but became mine over the 40 years I have lived in KC!! We met when I was 13 and I learned so many life lessons at the clubhouse at Lakewood and later at the lounges listening to Steve with my Parents. Matt and I went to school together and I watched Doc embrace Logan with love and compassion as he did all his children and grandchildren. He shared the love of family, Golf and Music with my Dad and I know they were dancing cheering and probably wishing for a beer celebrating the Chiefs Win and making it to the Super Bowl last night!!! Cheers to you Doc !! He loved life and touched many people along the way. Blessings to you and your family. Nancy Shue Boyd
Debbie Becker says
Our deepest condolences to the entire McCollum family as we remember, fondly, our friend and neighbor.
Allen and Debbie Becker
David Francis, Ruth Ann Francis says
David am I send our condolences and prayers to the family. Bob will be missed by many.
Cindy Barber says
May you find strength during this loss in all the wonderful memories!!! Cindy Barber
Nathaniel Pool says
Dear Matt, Steve, David, Janette and Logan, on behalf of the Pool family, I’d like to share our deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad. It’s a great loss to all that knew him. As you know, “Doc” was like a second father to me, growing up on Hackberry. I had the privilege to have known and enjoyed his sense of humor, attention to detail, competitive spirit, musical talent and gentle tenderness for 42 years. I wish him eternal peace, and wish all of you condolence from the heavens above. God-bless.
Jamie Ramsey says
I am so sorry for your loss. Doc was a great man and he and Patty treated my family, myself and my sister ,Nikki (a long time assistant) with nothing but love. He was present at my daughters funeral a few years ago and was there for my sister is so many times of her life. Heaven gained another amazing angel. Fly high Doc!
Beth MacCurdy Wigner says
What a blessed life. My deepest sympathies to you. Steve..your mom and entire family.
Robin Burger says
Brad and I are so sorry for your loss and pray that your family finds comfort in knowing heaven has gained an angel. This is a beautiful tribute for a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
Carey Carnesecca says
We are so sorry for your loss of one incredible man!! He mad a difference in the lives of so many. He had so much wisdom and love. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you!
Carey, Casey, Seth and Gabby
Debbie Carminucci says
I’ve known you and your family for about 27 years! Your father was the most loving son man I’ve ever met before! So talented! My heart and prayers goes out to you Matt and your entire family! Love and prayers especially to your mom! Love , Debbie
Karen Geiger says
I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy. I always enjoyed his wonderful story telling. My thoughts and prayers to this amazing family.
DEBBIE Gray says
What a happy, vivacious, enthusiastic and happy gentleman! My memories of grandpa and grandma regularly coming to school to have lunch with Logan are such fond ones. Dr. Bob brightened a room with his smile and his gorgeous Patty filled every space left with her happiness. I’ve been blessed to know Matt, Logan and Steve for years – long enough to know they made their parents very proud. Daddy sure loved his boys and what a nice reflection they are of Dr. Bob and Patty’s unconditional love, support and priorities! He will be so missed by those of us left behind, but his promotion to heaven is one we Believers in Jesus can all envy.
In empathy and most sincere sympathy family and friends! Grief is an enormous challenge in this life, but God gifts us with TIME TO HEAL. TIME is such a blessing to heal the raw wounds left by a life well-lived!
Rick Brown says
Matt I pray that God will bless you, Logan and the other members of your family that I didn’t get to meet with peace and fond memories of your father. I love you very much as a friend and would like you to know you can call me for anything you might need. Just talking or a shoulder can be helpful during these times. I’m so sorry for your loss, he fought as hard as a man can to be everything good right to the end. God Bless.
Dee greenwell says
Larry and I along with our son Eric lived across the street from Doc and Patty for over 30 years. Matt was almost like our 2nd son. Eric and Matt graduated together and was at our house all the time. I too can remember Doc and his beautiful tenor voice singing Danny Boy clear across the street. I can still tear up thinking of him singing. Funny thing bout Doc…. he was scared to fly on a airplane. Back in the day,Patty had to fly to Florida by herself to see Jeanette. Always know that He never gives us more than we can handle. God Bless all of you
Lesley Goldsberry-Coleman says
Steve, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Prayers for healing for you and your family. Heaven has gained another angel. Rest In Peace Doc.
Charlie and Gail Burt says
Our sincere sympathies to Patty and the entire family. Bob was a GREAT GUY and a very good friend. He will be sorely missed.
Marvin Thomas says
We extend our heartfelt sympathy and special caring thoughts to Patty and their children along with Bob’s entire family plus his many friends as they recall and cherish life long special memories of Bob’s life. May God bless the entire family and provide them with peace, comfort, and strength in the difficult days ahead. We were neighbors of Bob and Patty for many years and always value that time and their presence in the neighborhood. Marvin and Judy Thomas
MELINDA FLEEGLE says
What a great tribute to your Dad(and husband and grandfather)! He was a special man. May God bless you and comfort you during this most difficult time. Hugs and prayers to all of you. With sympathy, Jon and Melinda Fleegle and family
Janet Organ says
He’s singing in heaven now…i’m Sorry for your loss.
David & Deanna Pool says
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Robert McCollum did indeed make our souls blossom. His kindness, devotion to family, friends, and community were only equal to his humility. His heartwarming smile, his hugs and warm embrace are safely tucked away in our hearts and souls to remember how blessed we are to have had him in our lives.
In His embrace he reposes now, gentle soul who made the world a better place.
Marty & Sherry Burke says
Bob leaves a great memory for everyone he knew. He was the epitome of a free spirit tempered with the love of his family and friends. I had the privilege of knowing Bob for 55 years and enjoyed every minute we had together. What a guy!
Jeff Myatt says
You will be dearly missed Doc…my condolences to the McCollum family.
Mike Peck says
I loved my great, Uncle Bob. I will never forget how he fixed my smashed face after a bad accident in my youth. He was always so loving and caring to me and my whole family. He always had a smile and a laugh, and he was just so relaxed. He will be missed…
Donna Bowles and Jim Stahl says
Our condolences to you, Patty, and all the family. With love and affection, Jim Stahl and Donna Bowles
Annette Lackey says
Patty, I am very sorry to learn of Bob’s death. I have always called him my forever friend. Many fond and funny memories. Especially , his singing at Larry and my wedding 47 years ago. May he rest in the arms of our heavenly Father til we all meet again. Annette Lackey