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MANSFIELD: Jack Crum knew life was not all about him. For Jack, life was about spending time with family, fellowshipping with friends, and, most of all, his personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
At 23, he made a profession of faith and was baptized in the Kenny River in Kentucky by his wife's grandfather, Stanton Dowdy. He spent his life teaching the Scriptures, learning them, and loving them. When he was young, he won a radio contest to have a free day off work, and he spent that day helping his home church, Grace Baptist Church of Minford, OH.
Jack went to be with his Lord on December 8, 2012, after a short illness at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital.
He was born on June 6, 1931 to the late Jefferson and Irene (Womack) Crum. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Irene Crum, who married Jack on July 16th, 1955. They were married for a wonderful 57 years.
During high school, Jack was an accomplished track and basketball star, threw horseshoes, and was a passionate auto mechanic. He turned his love of cars into a life long career, going on to earn his state certification in welding. He worked for 46 years at General Motors, Ontario. Jack was patient, loving, kind, and generous. He loved holding and rocking his grandchildren, watching old westerns, and reading books by A.W. Pink and D. G. Barnhouse, to name a few. He owned over 30 cars throughout the years, rebuilding and reselling many himself.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, son and four daughters: Cathy Anthony of Mansfield, Aaron and Jackie Crum of Mansfield, Margaret and Jeff Lamb of Franklin, TN, Kelly and Tony Steward of Mansfield, and Amanda and Matt McQuade of Charlotte, NC. His eleven grandchildren: Jeffrey Lamb, Marlena Lamb, Jayson Lamb, Matthew Crum, Heather Steward, Gage Steward, Hope Steward, Michael Anthony, Oliver Anthony, Esther McQuade, and Beatrice McQuade. Jack was a triplet with his sisters Jean and Joann. Surviving him are his brother and three sisters: Rosemary Wright of Hillsboro, Francis "Asbury" and Barbara Crum, Jean Turner, and Elizabeth Crum of Portsmouth.
He was preceded in death by his two sisters: Aretta Crum and Joann Bradbury.
Friends may call Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Crestline. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Community Bible Church, 1043 Springmill Rd., Mansfield with son-in-law, Matt McQuade and Pastor Joe Esarey officiating. Burial will follow in Crawford County Memory Gardens, Crestline.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Moody Bible Institute, the American
or the American Bible Institute in care of the funeral home.
The Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Jack Crum.
Online condolences may be made to the family at masfh.com
Published in the News Journal on Dec. 11, 2012