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Robert Krum


1931 - 2016 Notice Condolences
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Robert Alan Krum of Hunt Valley, Maryland, died on September 17th 2016 at the age of 85, but his larger than life personality and legendary stories will be with all who knew and loved him for a lifetime. He was born in Slatington, Pennsylvania on August 22, 1931. Along the way he attended Slatington Public School and then graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy. He served his country in the Korean War, returning home to work for Upjohn Co. until 1963. he then joined The Equitable Life Assurance Company where he stayed until retirement as an Agency Manager in Boston and then Baltimore. Affectionately known as Nutsy, Krummer, Big Bob, PopPop, Bobby, Bub, Uncle Bob and Daddy, he lit up any room that he entered. He had a beautiful singing voice, drove his car way too fast and offered free "suggestions" as he thought necessary. He had a heart of gold and worked very hard to create a wonderful life for his family. He succeeded. Among Bob's great and multiple passions in life, he spent 18 years performing in musicals in the Abington Music Theatre. He reached the zenith of his acting career playing the lead, Harold Hill in The Music Man. Always an avid outdoorsman, he was a hunter, gatherer. He fished, hunted and golfed all over the world. He took extreme pride in his four grandsons, as far as they are concerned, he was a living legend. He taught them to play liars poker, proper grammar, good table manners, how to shoot a gun, smoke a cigar and never, ever drink water or eat bread before a meal. Among the many "Bobisms" are "My Way or the Highway" and "That is Nuts!" and one of my favorites, "Don't let your Meat Loaf" (we're still not sure what that means). Bob lived every day of his life on his own terms. He fiercely loved and was loved dearly by every single family member. He will be missed by so many because he was loved by all. Family that will be keeping Bob in their hearts are his wife Betsy, his eldest daughter, Shelby Hyldahl, her husband Craig Hyldahl and their two sons Brent Hyldahl and Pierce Hyldahl and his younger daughter Sheri DeFlavio, her husband Paul DeFlavio and their two sons Ben DeFlavio and Nate DeFlavio. A celebration of Bob's life will be held at the Old North Church, where Bob and Betsy were married, in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, October 21st at 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a contribution in his memory, please consider either Hopewell Cancer Support or the Salvation Army.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Sept. 30, 2016
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