Ken Graham McCollum

February 25, 1951January 4, 2019
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Ken Graham McCollum, 67, of Miamisburg, Ohio, passed away peacefully at Hospice of Dayton on Friday, January 4, 2019, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born February 25, 1951, and was the son of Arthur and Joanne Graham McCollum, both of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, Michael (Ruth) his brother, Tom (Janet), and other family and friends.

Ken was a 1969 graduate of Miamisburg High School, where he was a representative to Buckeye Boys State, served as class president his senior year, and was involved in theatrical productions. He graduated from Miami University in 1973 with a B.S. in Education, and earned his Master’s from Wright State University in 1994. He spent his entire teaching career at West Carrollton High School, where he taught English, Composition, and Literature. He also served as advisor to the yearbook, newspaper, and was the coordinator of graduation and commencement ceremonies. He had a great impact on many of his students and remained friends with them long after they graduated. After retiring from education, he worked in various capacities at Easterling Studios in Dayton. He joined the effort to restore the Plaza Theater in Miamisburg and volunteered there since its re-opening. Ken was a friendly face at the “Koffee Kup” where he established many meaningful friendships. He was loved and will be missed by many.

Visitation will be held at GEBHART-SCHMIDT-PARRAMORE FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, January 12th from 12:30-2:00 pm, with a memorial service immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Dayton.


  • Gathering of Family & Friends Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Robin Parramore Wallace

January 13, 2019

I just heard of Kens death yesterday and I was shocked and am so deeply saddened by the news. The last time that I saw Ken was in the nursing home , with your mom; we sat together for several hours over a few day and talked and then of course at her funeral.
He was a good and kind man.
I am so very sorry for your loss and again, saddened.
With deep sympathy for you and your family,
Robin Parramore Wallace

Tammy Ward

January 11, 2019

Words can not express how much “Money Man” was loved by Tam’s Little Crew at the Kup. He came up to me several years ago and asked me if he could give the kids some quarters for the machine. I said sure! From then on, every time we ate lunch at the Kup the kids each received two quarters. For this reason they named him “Money Man”. The rule was if they did not say thank you, they could not have the quarters.
They loved to talk to him and show him what they got with their quarters. The kids thought he was so much fun!!!
“Money Man was the most kind hearted, generous, fun person!
Tam’s Crew’s hearts were very sad when I told them he was very sick and went to heaven to be with Jesus.
We will miss you very much!!!!

Monique Lundy

January 11, 2019

It has been an honor to know Ken. He started at Easterling Studios a few months after I did. He was always there with advice and a laugh. He loved fart noises, our kindergarten humor. He will truly be missed.

Tish Croom

January 11, 2019

Kennedy thank you for being such a blessing to me I still can't believe your gone but i know god needed you more sending my deepest condolences to your family fly high definitely going to miss our talks more importantly I will miss you♥️

Peggy Fromholt

January 10, 2019

Ken was my coworker at Easterling Studios. If Ken was present, you could always count on lively conversation, care and concern for your personal troubles, passionate political discussion, special fond memories of all things Mayberry and Manilow, and hilarious stories about life in general. Ken was a kind, caring, and fun work buddy and will be missed dearly every single day. Ken, tell Jeff we all said hi.

Terri Campbell Cobain

January 10, 2019

Mr . McCollum was my teacher and newspaper advisor from 1983-85. He was a wonderful teacher, always reaching out to us with a story or movie to share. He was a kind man and a gentle soul. He will be missed.

Tanya Moss

January 9, 2019

Ken was a cherished customer of mine at Dan’s Hairstyling in Miamisburg. I enjoyed getting to know him and all of his wonderful stories about his life. Full of wisdom and peace. And how much he loved his son. And most of all his love for Andy Griffith and the life of Mayberry! He was so proud of his tatoo his son gave him!
He put love and passion into everything he did. A great man can equal such great loss. He will be greatly missed!

Julie Wade

January 8, 2019

Reading through the comments on FB on the 'In Memoriam For W.C. Pirates No Longer With Us ' Page, it certainly says a lot about a teacher when SO many comment that he was their favorite teacher in High School !! He just so happened to be my favorite as well. Mr. McCollum treated all students with respect and was ALWAYS so pleasant. He made West Carrollton High School better with his presence. RIP Mr. McCollum, you were without a doubt 'one of a kind'. My thoughts & prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Rachel Wilson

January 8, 2019

Every now and then I’d run into Ken while walking at Harmon Field, he was always so kind and easy to strike up a conversation with 💙 When Easterling would come to school (Maddux Lang primary) he always had a smile on his face & we’d chat yet again while the students waited for their pictures . So very sorry to hear of his passing . Prayers for your family during this difficult time ,

catherine mcclain

January 8, 2019

He was one of my all time Favorite teachers wayyy back in the 70's .( 78 to 80)