Edwin M. Crum

May 1, 2014

Edwin M. Crum 98, lifelong Beard, Indiana resident, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Thursday, May 01, 2014 in the Wesley Manor Health Care Center, Frankfort, IN. He was born on September 18, 1915 in Clinton County, IN to the late Earl & Bessie (Cox) Crum. Ed married Nova Kate Pickering on September 12, 1939 and she preceded him in death on March 20, 1974. He then married Evelyn McQuinn Stroup in April of 1975 and she passed away on May 29, 1999.

Ed was a lifetime farmer and had previously worked at Schlosser’s Dairy in Frankfort, Fairfield in Lafayette, Curtis Wright in Indianapolis and at Stellite in Kokomo from 1960-1975. He was a 1935 graduate of Michigantown High School. His memberships included the Hopewell United Methodist Church where he was a lifelong member, served as a Lay Leader in the church and was a past Sunday School Superintendent; Beard Masonic Lodge F&AM #641, 75 year member, Past Master, Past Patron Beard O.E.S, Scottish Rite and York Rite in Indianapolis and the Michigantown Lions Club.

Visitation and Services

Friends may visit on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. with Masonic Services at 5 p.m. at the Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S Main Street in Frankfort. An additional hour of calling will be held Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Wesley Manor Chapel, 1555 N Main Street in Frankfort. Funeral Services will be held at Wesley Manor at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hopewell Cemetery Association or the Wesley Manor Employee Benefit Fund. Online condolences may be made at goodwinfuneralhome.com

Survived by:

1 Son: Phil H. (Wife-Gloria) Crum of McAllen, TX 2 Daughters: Shirley (Husband-Larry) Abbott of Zionsville, IN Nancy (Husband-Bob) Kehrer of Rural Frankfort 3 Brothers: Wayne (Wife-Wilma) Crum-Rural Frankfort Dick Crum-Michigantown Max Crum-Rural Frankfort 1 Sister: Dorothy Beets-Wesley Manor in Frankfort 5 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren and 14 Great Great Grandchildren also survive.

Preceded by:

Preceded in death by a sister, Mary Pickering, 2 Great Granddaughters and 1 Great Grandson.


24 Condolences for “Edwin M. Crum”

  1. Kevin and Carol Hamilton May 2, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Nancy and family, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. My memory of him and your mother is that when I was about 14 or so I thought I would walk to Dena’s. They came along and offered me a ride and I was happy to take it, Carol

  2. Michell Anyaka, LPN May 2, 2014 at 3:36 am

    To the entire Crum family, Please accept my condolences. I don’t even know what brought me to this website tonight, but know it was a real shock to read this. I don’t know how I will make it through my weekend without Ed saying, with his smile “Oh No, here she comes, she has them rusty needles again.” As you all know, I became really close to Ed, something I promised myself I would never do with any of my residents, but Ed just had something about him that drew me into him. Maybe his wonderful smile, his daily jokes or his upbeat mentality about life itself. I really don’t know what it was. Please know he will forever remain in my memory as so will all of you. You all have been such a wonderful family and only inspire me to be there for my dad the way all of you were there for yours. May you all find peace and happiness as you move forward. Please stop in and see me on the weekends every now and then, as you all and Ed will truly be missed. Thank you for allowing me to spend Christmas dinner and oh yes his Birthday party as well with you all. Ed “Popps”, it was a pleasure to care for you. You will forever remain in my memory and will forever be missed by many, now go ENJOY your eternal life with our eternal father. No more PAIN, SICKNESS and oh YA! RUSTY NEEDLES. FOREVER A friend and caregiver, Michell Anyaka, LPN

    • Phil & Gloria Crum May 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm


      Thank you for all the kind words and compassion. You were a real joy to Dad as well as to me and my sisters. We truly appreciate all the medical staff at Wesley Manor and what they did to provide a pleasant quality of life for all.

      Thanks again,
      Phil Crum

  3. Ron & Erilda Coleman May 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Dear Family,
    So sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. No matter what age know you will miss him dearly. Loosing so many of the faithful servants at Hopewell Church and the Beard Community. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. So many wonderful memories you have to share with one another.

    • Phil & Gloria Crum May 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Ron and Erilda,

      Thank you for the kind message. Hearing from friends and neighbors is also a blessing.

      Thank you again,

  4. Michael J Frey May 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I only met Mr Crum one time while visiting my father but I am certainly glad I did. My sincere regrets to the family. I know he will be missed.

    • Phil & Gloria Crum May 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm


      Thank you for your kind message. Dad always appreciated visiting with others at the Manor. It is thoughtful of you to send your message.


  5. Denny & Shirley Hollis, Houston, TX May 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Phil, Shirley and Nancy.
    so sorry to hear about your Dad. What fond and fun memories I have of him, your Mom and of course, all you. When I’m able to make it back “home” I always drive by our old place and yours..

    • Phil & Gloria Crum May 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm


      So nice to hear from friends of the past. We too have many beautiful memories of being neighbors and friends. Thank you for your kind message.


  6. Martha Goings May 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Phil and family – sympathy to all of you, in the loss of your Dad.

    Martha and Roger Goings
    Noblesville, IN

    • Phil & Gloria Crum May 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm


      So nice to hear from you and Roger. I still reflect on our days of working together often.

      Thank you,

  7. Jerilyn (Ostler) Geiger May 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Dear Family,
    My sympathy to you all. So glad my Mom (Louise Ostler) and your Dads paths crossed at Wesley Manor. What a sweet spirit your Dad was – especially to Aunt Eunice! She looked forward to his visits so much and would just beam when she would talk about her “newspaper man”! (He would share his Frankfort Newspaper with her after he read it.) Also, he was always so happy and friendly to me when I was there visiting Mother. I also enjoyed reconnecting with your family again after all those years ago in 4-H and MYF. Your Dad was a jewel and will be greatly missed down here, but is rejoicing with the angels in Heaven!

    • Phil & Gloria Crum May 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm


      Thank you for all the kind words and sharing the beautiful memories. Needless to say we reflect often the days of the past when we were “growing up” as friends and neighbors.

      Thanks again,

  8. Larry & Judy Stockberger May 3, 2014 at 2:55 am

    To Phil, Shirley and Nancy,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Ed ‘s death. He was such a very nice man. He was our neighbor for 26 years and we could not have asked for a better neighbor, he and Larry spent many a day talking and if we didn’t see him out, Larry would go over and check on him to make sure he was ok. We sure missed him when he moved to the Manor. Our sympathy goes out to all the family. Ed will be so greatly missed.

    • Nancy May 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Larry and Judy, thank you for being wonderful neighbors and a friend to Dad. He always enjoyed your visits at the Manor too.


  9. Dit & Lucy May 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    You know we cannot truly feel your grief at this time. But please understand we do want you to know you have our true sympathy.

  10. Richard and Marilyn Clouse May 3, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    To Phil and Gloria, Larry and Shirley, Bob and Nancy and Family

    We were sorry to hear of the passing of your father, he was a fine man, you have a lot of memories to remember. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It isn’t easy to give them up but he went to a much better place.

  11. Raymond Burns May 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Phil and Gloria,
    Sorry to hear of your loss.
    Raymond and Alicia Burns
    San Antonio

  12. Raymond Burns May 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Max, sorry for the loss of your brother.
    Raymond and Alicia Burns

  13. Lupita Balderas May 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Nancy& Bob, Shirley & Larry, Phil & Glory, my condolences for all your wonderful family, was really a pleasure to meet personally Edwin, I will keep his smiles in my heart, and I really like he gave me this name : Topeka 🙂 my prayers and thoughts are with all of you! Love, Lupita Balderas

  14. Jo Ellen Ogle May 5, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Edwin was so sweet to me and to everyone. He and Nova always made me feel at home when we were kids, Nancy. I remember when he “listened in” on a phone conversation between you and Pauletta. I think you got in some trouble, didn’t you? He was a happy man and well loved. I don’t know if you can ask for more from life. It will be hard for you – especially missing those trips to the Manor to see him and take care of him. I’m sure he is smiling down on all of you and taking Nova and Evelyn by the arms and saying, “Well, ladies, shall we?” And walking off into the sunset. Praying blessings on you all, Jo

  15. Rick and Diana Bailey May 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    To the entire family: I have to say that Grandpa Crum had the kindest eyes of anyone I’ve ever met — so it goes without saying that his smile really did light up a room, and he naturally made everyone around him feel warm and welcome. He was a gentleman of the first order, and I consider it a blessing to have known him; Diana and I have your family in our thoughts and prayers —

  16. Vilma Gomez May 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    My condolences to all the Crum Family. Edwin was Blessed with a beautiful life and loving family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Vilma

    • Gloria June 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Dear Vilma:
      Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to send a message. It was truly a privilege to have known Edwin and to be part of his family.

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