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Charles W. Collom

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On July 15, 2020 @ 8:21 am In Obituaries | 15 Comments

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Charles Warren Collom, 90, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Willow Valley Communities, Lancaster, PA. He was the loving husband of Joyce Collom, (Carpenter), formerly of Ambler, PA. They were married on January 24, 1953 at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, PA.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on March 30, 1930, Charles was the son of Ruth and Charles W. Collom. His family later moved to Spring House, PA.

Charles graduated from Bordentown Military Academy, Bordentown, NJ. He later graduated from Pennsylvania State University where he earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts and a B.S. in Business Administration in 1957. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. While Charles attended Penn State, Joyce worked for the university.

He served in the United States Army as a Cpl. during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. He earned the Army of Occupation Medal of Germany and the National Defense Service Medal.

After graduating from Penn State University, Charles was hired by Armstrong and trained at Armstrong Manor in Lancaster, PA. He was a sales representative in Illinois and later transferred to Lancaster and the corporate office. When Armstrong sold its glass business to Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corp., in 1969, Charles joined Kerr Glass. He later became the regional vice president for Kerr, and was transferred to Lake Forest, IL, where he covered the Midwest sales region. Charles was responsible for the crown division sales and loved working with soft drink bottlers and breweries across the United States. Many of his customers became life-long friends of he and Joyce.

Following his retirement in 1992, Charles spent much of his time traveling with Joyce, reading, playing golf and serving on several committees at Donegal Presbyterian Church. Charles was a member of the Elks Club, Lancaster Republican National Committee, and served as a voter register volunteer for all elections.

Charles loved his Penn Sate Nittany Lions. He was president of the Nittany Lion Club in Lancaster for seven years. He enjoyed going to home games, and over the years he made it a point to travel to a game in every Big 10 Stadium and attend a Rose Bowl game.

The family attended Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, PA; First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, IL; Donegal Presbyterian Church, Mount Joy, PA; and Boehm’s Church, Willow Street, PA.

Surviving alongside his wife are two children; a son, Drew (Nancy) Collom of Bentonville, AR, a daughter, Jamie (Vincent) DeBartolomeis of Denver, CO, and four grandchildren, Kimberly Collom, Bryan Collom, Macy LaPorta, (Patrick) and Sarah DeBartolomeis. He is also survived by a brother-in-law Craig Carpenter of Ambler, PA.

Due to the current Covid pandemic, the family will be having a private gravesite ceremony at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ambler, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations many be made in Charles’ memory to Boehm’s Church, Willow Street, PA, The Water Street Mission, Lancaster, PA, or the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster, PA.

Condolences for the family of “Charles W. Collom”

Condolence from Michael Finn on July 18th, 2020 2:45 pm

Chuckles, which is what I called him, was a constant fellow golf player in varioius courses around Lancaster. He took it as his personal goal to improve my game –an impossible chore for anyone. He was funny, outspoken and loquacious, but he was fun to be with. He claimed that I was the most improved player in our goup the last couple of years we played. He was only deceiving hinself with that statement. He will be missed.

Condolence from jamie debartolomeis on July 22nd, 2020 11:08 am

Thank you for your note. I remember your name, as one of my dad’s golf buddies. Dad really enjoyed golf, and sharing the game with others. Golf was indeed a bright spot in his week.

Condolence from Ann and Jim Adamski on July 18th, 2020 8:30 pm

Chuck and Joyce came to Willow Valley about the same time as Ann and I. We hit it off immediately. He, being the elder by ten years naturally called me ‘Kid’, Chuck took me to soup and sandwich lunch at the Elks Club in Lancaster several times. One time I ordered a liverwurst and onion on rye and was told they didn’t serve that. Next time we went to lunch the waitress said to me ‘We have liverwurst and rye today.’ Of course I ordered it. Later someone let the cat out of the bag and told me that Chuck had brought the ‘fixins’ and made arrangements with the waitress and cook. He was a good guy; we had a lot of fun with both Chuck and Joyce (who I, for obvious reasons, called Saint Joyce). Ann and Jim Adamski

Condolence from Jamie DeBartolomeis on July 23rd, 2020 8:00 pm

Thank you for sharing that funny story. It sounds like something my dad would do! Dad enjoyed introducing and sharing the Elks lunch with others. I’m glad to hear of your friendship with my parents.

Condolence from Bonnie Frank on July 19th, 2020 12:09 pm

Chuck and my dad, Frank Everett, were co-workers and great friends. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. My mom, Thelma, and our family send sincere condolences to Joyce. He will be very much missed.

Condolence from jamie debartolomeis on July 23rd, 2020 8:07 pm

Hi Bonnie, Your dad and my dad had a lot of fun working together. My parents enjoyed the company of your parents for many years. In fact, they would even stop to see them, while driving from PA to my house in Colorado. Thank you for your note. Please give my best to your family.

Condolence from Ned on July 19th, 2020 2:12 pm

My sincere condolences.

Condolence from Doris G. Rittenhouse on July 19th, 2020 3:00 pm

Dear Joyce,
I was saddened to read of the passing of your husband. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Peace and love,
Doris Rittenhouse (General Hospital volunteer)

Condolence from jamie debartolomeis on July 23rd, 2020 8:10 pm

Thank you for your condolences, Doris. I remember you as a volunteer with my mom at the hospital.

Condolence from Barbara Ringley on July 19th, 2020 3:09 pm

Dear Drew and Jamie,
Chuck and Joyce moved into Midrise 2 a couple of months after me. Since I had moved to Willow Valley from the North Shore of Chucago, we were quickly sharing memories of the area. When Chuck learned I was a Northwestern alum as well as a big football fan, we started our verbal rivalry . A few times my Wildcats actually beat the Nittany Lions. Not too long ago we actually beat Penn State on their homecoming. Joyce arrived the next morning with the game program saying it was too sad to keep it. Fun memories! My deepest sympathies to you both. My prayers for your mom.
Barb Ringley

Condolence from jamie debartolomeis on July 23rd, 2020 8:15 pm

Hi Barb, I met you on one of my trips to visit my parents in the Midrise. I know my parents enjoyed sharing stories of the north shore and football with you. Dad always liked college football rivalry, and he didn’t take it too well when his Nittany Lions lost — as you well know! Thanks for being a friend to my dad and mom. Thank you for your condolences.

Condolence from Linda J Bayer on July 19th, 2020 4:48 pm

So sorry to hear about Chuck. He was always smiling and made people feel at home.

Condolence from Steve Fritz on July 20th, 2020 10:56 am

To Joyce, Drew and Jaime, please accept my condolences regarding the passing of Chuck. I enjoyed working with him at Kerr for the many years we worked in Lancaster. Certainly appreciated the chance to see Penn State football games for many years. I always enjoyed his humor and will miss him very much.

Condolence from Debra Ronning on July 20th, 2020 8:53 pm

My sympathies to your family — Donegal Presbyterian church will remember the many contributions Chuck made to the church. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers

Condolence from Greg Will on July 21st, 2020 10:56 am

Drew – I was sorry to see the passing of your father. I remember him being a great guy and dad willing to drive us boys anywhere we wanted. He was awesome!

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