James C. Crum
James C. Crum, age 91, of Shelby, died Tuesday morning, March 1, 2022 at his home.
Jim was born August 26, 1930 in Shelby to the late Waldo E. and Ruby (Wagner) Crum and was a 1948 graduate of Shelby High School. He began his work at Wilkens Air Force Depot in Shelby, transferred to Gentile Air Force Base in Dayton, then, ultimately, to Newark Air Force Base in 1962 from where he would spend his career and retire. Although his working career was spent at various Air Force Bases, he was raised on a dairy farm, Roselawn Dairy, in Shelby, became a farmer in his early life, and was always proud of his farming heritage.
A talented antique restorer and collector, Jim, together with his late wife, Janice, brought antique pieces back to their original beauty. Janice’s painting skills paired well with Jim’s restorations. He also loved collecting various Indian relics. Jim was a great storyteller with an incredible memory of his life events and would never turn down a good game of cards, especially with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his 3 sons: John D. (Connie) Crum of Greeley, CO, Daniel A. (Deborah) Crum of Shelby, and Paul F. Crum (Deb Kuhn) of Green Bay, WI; 7 grandchildren: Jenny, Amanda, Kristina, Brian, Amy, Phillip, and Olivia; 10 great grandchildren with one more on the way; 2 sisters: Joyce Strohminger of Centerburg and Beth Harruff of Mansfield; and numerous other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Janice M. (Fout) Crum, on February 19, 2019, and an infant sister, Ruth Ann Crum in 1931.
Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 10 am -12 noon at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will immediately follow at 12 noon. Pastor Rus Yoak will officiate the services with burial following in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church, 33 Broadway Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875.
Sympathy may be expressed by leaving an online condolence on Jim’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his obituary post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.