Harold McCollumHarold McCollum, age 89, of Moorhead, MN, formerly of Mahnomen, MN, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Arbor Park Living Center in Moorhead, MN.
Harold Lincoln McCollum, son of Harold S. and Alta (Gray) McCollum, was born on December 27, 1923, near Shevlin, MN. At the age of nine, he moved with his family to the Mahnomen area. Harold attended school both in Mahnomen and Bejou, MN. As a young man, Harold worked in various logging camps then served in the Civil Conservation Corp (CCC) for several months. He also spent a few months working harvest in North Dakota. Harold entered the Unites States Navy on October 5, 1943, and he proudly served as a Shipfitter during WWII. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned home to farm with his father. On May 10, 1947, Harold was united in marriage to Muriel Olson at Ness Lutheran Church, rural Gary, MN. The couple made their first home in Bejou for a few years before moving to the Iron Range. Harold worked in the iron mines for about four years, until the mines closed, and the family returned to Bejou. While living in Bejou, they farmed together and Harold began working for REA electric company. In 1968 they purchased a home in Mahnomen and Harold continued working for REA until his retirement in 1987. Recently, Harold and Muriel relocated to Arbor Park Living Center to be closer to family.