Jerome Charles Crumley - SAVANNAH - Jerome Charles Crumley, 91, died Saturday November 30, at Memorial Hospital in Savannah surrounded by his family. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 3, 1922, Jerry attended Central High School in St. Paul. Subsequently, he enrolled at St. Thomas University; however his education was interrupted by World War II. In 1942, Jerry joined the US Navy where he served with distinction. After flight training, he was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Essex as a torpedo bomber pilot in the Pacific Theater. As a result of his actions he was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Air Medals as well as the Navy's highest honor, the Navy Cross. Following his naval service, Jerry resumed his studies at St. Thomas graduating with a degree in chemistry. Shortly thereafter, he met and married his wife of over 50 years, Corrine. Together they raised 7 children. Jerry's business career began as a chemist with General Mills in Minnesota. He later joined American Maize Products where he worked for 33 years. His position took him to New York and then Chicago where he worked until retiring as vice president in 1983. Upon his retirement, Jerry and Corrine moved to Savannah, Georgia where Jerry remained very active. He was a volunteer for the Savannah Juvenile Courts, Habitat for Humanity and the Bethesda Home for Boys. He was an active member of St. James Catholic Church, the Navy League of Savannah, and was an early member of the Landings Art Association. Jerry was an avid tennis player, golfer, an accomplished woodworker, and potter. His interest in pottery, incorporating locally sourced clays, led to him founding The East Blue Hill Pottery Company. He enjoyed summers in Maine visiting with his children and grandchildren. Jerry enjoyed fishing and could often be found around his favorite lagoons with a fishing pole in one hand and a ball retriever in the other. He instilled in his children a strong faith in God, a love of country and an appreciation for learning, no matter the subject. He was always ready for the next big adventure whether it was the Great Turtle Hunt on Bone Lake, rafting down the Kobuk River in Alaska or fly fishing in New Zealand with his son Stephen. Throughout his life he formed many enduring friendships. He stayed in contact with his childhood friends, veterans he served with in the war, business associates and friendships made in the various towns and cities where he resided. He and Corrine loved to entertain and their home was the scene of some memorable parties. Jerry was pre-deceased by his loving wife Corrine, son Stephen, brother James, sister Mary and longtime partner Peg Appeldoorn. He is survived by daughter Jeanne (Jabe) Breland; son James; daughter Catherine (James) Reuter; daughter Barbara (William) Simon; son Michael (Maureen) Crumley; son Daniel (Betsy) along with 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday December 6 at 3PM at St. James Catholic Church, Savannah Georgia. Remembrances can be made to St. Jude's Research Hospital and Father Flanagan's Boy's Town. Savannah Morning News December 4, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News on Dec. 4, 2013