KrumtumDecember 29, 1923 - May 14, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Charles "Chuck" Edward Krumtum was born on December 29, 1923 to Royal Chester and Sonora Wynette Bodine Krumtum in Oklahoma City, OK. When he was young his family moved to Wynnewood, OK. Chuck played football and basketball in high school. He also played the trombone in the band. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp, serving in the Pacific Arena with the 12th Defense AAA Battalion during WWII. At the end of the war, Chuck went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.Along came The Korean Conflict and Chuck served in the 20th Infantry Battalion in the Marine Corp Reserves. After he left the Marines, he returned to the telephone company where he worked for 39 years. Chuck saw retirement as opportunity and became the Volunteer Coordinator of Church Construction for Oklahoma through the Baptist General Convention for the next ten years. He worked on churches all over the United States and in a few foreign countries through the Baptist Builders, Campers on Mission and the Disaster Relief Organization. The "Truck Stop Ministry" in Oklahoma was also touched by Chuck. He built porches, ramps and steps at Truck Stop Mission sites all over Oklahoma. We are overwhelmed when trying to remember the things he has done and the lives he has touched. They are far too many to list!Chuck was an active member of Crestwood Baptist Church for over 50 years. He loved Crestwood, not just in word but in deed. Always helping, whether building, cleaning, driving, teaching or simply loving. He was a member of Gideon International, assisting with the distribution of Bibles. He married Velma Jean Earls in September of 1961. Chuck and his beloved wife, Jean, served side by side, ministering to both family and friends. They were blessed to have traveled and cruised to many countries, often traveling with family or friends. Their life is rich with memories. Besides his wife, he loved and adored his family and his Lord. Serving others was a way of life for Chuck. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3He will be missed by all who knew him. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean; three children, Joyce Kilman and husband Ron of Oklahoma, Susan Roden of Arizona and Michael Royal Krumtum and wife Kathy of Texas; seven grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Services will be Friday, May 17, 11:00am at the Mercer-Adams Funeral Chapel in Bethany with interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Viewing will be all day Thursday. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 16, 2013