Gavin Lee Krum

In the very early hours in the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 27, Gavin Lee Krum, 14, of Lehighton, lost his battle of fighting complications brought about from his recently diagnosed leukemia. This courageous and determined young man had been an intensive care patient in the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital for many weeks leading up to his untimely death.
Gavin's short life was very full and offered all of those he touched much joy, love and compassion.
Born on April 9, 1998, he was a son of David and Lora (Long) Krum.
He was an eighth grade student at the Lehighton Area Middle School. He was a percussionist in the middle school band, as well as a member of the middle school chorus.In addition, he was on the Junior Bowling League at Fritz's Lanes, Lehighton; was involved with the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band; and was a member of Zion Opera Workshop and Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton, where he had been involved in the junior choir and bell choir.
All who know Gavin are aware of his tremendous interest and knowledge in transformers, which includes a huge collection of action figures, movies and facts. He was always enthusiastic in explaining and exposing others to all he knew about them.
Gavin's loving personality and sense of humor will be terribly missed by all who knew and love him.
Surviving in addition to his parents are his grandparents, Shirley (Higgins) and Henry Long; aunts and uncles, Henry (Long) Jr., and his wife, Sally, Eric (Long), and his wife, Linda, Linda (Long), wife of Mike Muffley, Kevin (Long), and his companion, Carolyn, and Lauren (Krum), wife of Jim Tertocha; as well as many loving and close cousins.
Gavin previously suffered the loss of his older brother Dylan, who died in 2010, and was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Joan (McDonald) and Nevin Krum; and his uncle, Kenneth Krum.
Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Zion U.C.C., Lehighton, with the Rev. Allen Heckman officiating. Interment, Lehighton Cemetery. Call 6-9 p.m. Friday, Schaeffer Funeral Home, Third and Alum streets, Lehighton, and 10-11 a.m. Saturday in the church. Contributions in his name may be made to the "In Dylan's Arms" ministry, a mission that Gavin was passionately involved with to help families who are dealing with a serious illness of a child, c/o Zion UC.C., Second and Iron streets, Lehighton, Pa. 18235; the Dylan and Gavin Krum Fund, c/o Jim Thorpe National Bank, 145 S. Fourth St., Lehighton, Pa. 18235, which is to provide scholarship monies to students; or to the Ronald McDonald Charities of Central Pa., Online condolences can be offered at

Published in Times News on Nov. 29, 2012