Paul Crumb, age 89, died peacefully at home Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Ocala, FL with his family at his side. Mr. Crumb is survived by his wife, Eunice Hotelling Crumb and three children, Sandra Joye Holmes, Barbara (Ed) Edeker and Russell David Crumb. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren with number 23 due on Paul's 90th birthday. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Linda Crumb; a sister, Isabelle Crumb Webb of Preble, NY; and a brother, David Crumb of Oaklawaha, FL; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Paul Franklin Crumb, II; brothers, Thurston, Kenneth and Phillip. Paul was born November 24, 1924 in Deposit, NY, the second son of Andrew and Idabelle Clark Crumb. He attended schools in Windsor, Cincinnatus and Marathon, NY. After being discharged from the US Army on December 29, 1945, he married Eunice and together they raised their family in Brooktondale, NY where Paul was the Rural Letter Carrier for 28 years. Paul had been residing in Ocala, FL with his wife of 64 years since 1985. Paul was a veteran of WWII, where he earned many medals including two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He was a proud member of MPEG 427th, the 425th, and K company of the 47th RGT. Paul was proud of his service to the community and his country. He was instrumental in founding the Brooktondale Community Center and served on the Camp McCormick Advisory Board for many years. Paul was a life member of the NYS Rural Letter Carriers, Brooktondale Volunteer Fire Department, Dryden Township Post 8158, Veterans of Foreign Wars, DAV Chapter 85 and American Legion Post 284 both of Bellview, FL. The discipline, patriotism and service to country that he learned in the US Army never left him as friends and family will attest. Calling hours will be held Friday, May 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Perkins Funeral Home, 55 West Main Street, Dryden, NY with a funeral to follow at 2 p.m. Donations can be made to the Brooktondale Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 25, Brooktondale, NY 14817 or to the Brooktondale Community Center, 524 Valley Road, Brooktondale, NY 14817. www.perkinsfuneralhome.com
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Published in Ithaca Journal on May 14, 2014