08/23/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Kenny Crum

Kenneth Richard Crum, Sr.
(14 Apr 1922 - 19 Aug 2007)

Newport News High School Class of 1940

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.  Kenny Crum ('40),  former proprietor of Crum's Bakeries, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007 at the age of 85.

From the Daily Press - 08/21/07:

Kenneth R. Crum, Sr.

          HAMPTON - Kenneth R. Crum, Sr. passed away Sunday, August 19, 2007. He was the husband of Audrey H. Crum and
          former owner and proprietor of Crum's Bakery. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 8/21/2007.
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  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 08/21/07 - "RE: Mr. Crum and Crum's Bakery":


     Bobby (Hines - '66 - of VA) and I are related to Kenny, 2nd cousins, and are talking on the phone about him right now, as he saw 
his obituary in the paper today, and I just read it from you. I remember going into the bakery with Mom and Dad many times,
and Kenny and Audrey always had time to talk, and were very nice to all of us. 

     Kenny was related to Lloyd Harper, whose son was good friends with
      Dave Arnold ('65 - of VA) , who told me that a while back. They were shooting buddies, I think.

     Some time ago in a 7/11 on Fox Hill Road (on my way home from Meredith's), I spoke with a clerk who remembered Crum's Bakery,
and that it used to be THE bakery around. She said that everyone wanted their wedding cake baked by the Crum's, because slices
could be saved in the couple's freezer for a year, and taste as good on their anniversary as the day they got married!

     Thanks very much for sending this out.....

   Thank you, Jimmy.

From the Daily Press - 08/23/07:

  Kenneth R. Crum, Sr.  








HAMPTON - Kenneth Richard 'Kenny' Crum Sr., former proprietor of Crum's Bakeries, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, after a short hospitalization. He was 85. A Peninsula resident since 1936, Kenny was born April 14, 1922, in Corry, Pa. He was the son of the late Blaine C. Crum Sr., and Olive Roberts Crum. Kenny graduated from Newport News High School in 1940 and entered the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Apprentice School. Kenny interrupted his time in the Apprentice School to serve his country during World War II when he enlisted in the Navy, where he served from 1944 to 1946. He served extensively in the Pacific theatre aboard the submarine, USS Proteus. Kenny witnessed the Japanese surrender ending World War II. Following the war, he returned home and graduated from the Apprentice School in 1947. After graduating from the Apprentice School, Kenny entered the family business, Crum's Bakeries, along with his father and brothers. Kenny was the owner and proprietor of Crum's Bakeries until his retirement in 1983. His entire family, including his children, nieces and nephews, worked in the business. Crum's Bakeries, with five locations in Hampton and Newport News, provided wedding cakes for generations of local residents and was at one time the largest independent retail baker in Virginia. Kenny worked primarily at the Crum's Bakery at Newmarket Shopping Center, where he was one of the original merchants. An avid boater and fisherman, Kenny was a lifetime member of the Hampton Roads Power Squadron. He enjoyed refurbishing wooden power boats. Kenny was a member and past president of the Newport News Exchange Club. He was an active member of the Tidewater Chapter of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II and a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Newport News. In his retirement, Kenny enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, traveling and spending winters at Lake Wales, Fla. He served as the patriarch and caregiver for his extended family and many friends, providing support for many years. His steady hand, thoughtful guidance, and unwavering care and support will be missed. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Crum, and his sisters, Jane Horne and Ruth Harwood. Kenny is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Audrey Harper Crum, and his children, Joanne Reilly and her husband, Stephen, of Hampton, Janet Fuller and her husband, Christopher, of Tolland, Conn., and Kenneth R. Crum Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Hampton. He also is survived by his brother, Blaine C. Crum Jr., and his wife, Mercedes; his grandchildren, Lindsay Fuller, Rebecca Fuller, Alexander Reilly, Patrick Reilly, Peyton Crum, and Carson Crum; and a host of loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Virginia Oncology Associates and the Hampton Sentara CarePlex for the outstanding care provided to Kenny and his family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Peninsula Funeral Home, with a graveside service to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. The Dr. Randall Everett of Newport News First Baptist Church will officiate. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 8/23/2007.
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Audrey, we are so sorry for the passing of Ken. Tim & I were just remembering what a great laugh he had--what a delightful sense of humour. The world is a better place because of him--he was one of the best. You both have contributed so much. Our deepest sympathy to you. -- Tim & Iva Miller
Iva Miller (Hampton, VA) - August 21, 2007
We're so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joannie Thomas
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Joannie Thomas (Poquoson, VA) - August 21, 2007
It is difficult to image the profound impact Kenneth R. Crum, Sr. had on the lives of so many who called the Peninsula home.
Running his bakery business with such integrity and honesty, and providing good jobs for his employees, and his suppliers.
Just hear the words "Crum's Bakery" and our minds morph back to the wonderful smells that greeted you when you entered their bakery.

Blaine, may you be comforted during this difficult time of grief and find comfort among friends and family who loved your dear father.
Joseph Madagan (Wesley Chapel, FL) - August 21, 2007
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My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the entire Crum family. I met Mr. Crum as Joanne and I were friends and classmates at Thorpe Jr. High together. I remember his warm and generous sense of humor and he always greeted you with a smile on his face. God Bless.
Ron Bowen (Mesa, AZ) - August 21, 2007  
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Uncle Kenny was a good, generous man who was the definition of a southern gentleman. I will miss him very much.
Charles Smith (Elderton, PA) - August 21, 2007  
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It is with deep sadness to hear of the passing of my cousin, Kenny. I am thinking of you Audrey, as well as Joanne, Janet and Kenny, Jr., and Kenny's sweet brother Junior. All of your family here in Pennsylvania will be thinking of each one of you. May God bless you at this difficult time.
Debra Jensen (Carlisle, PA) - August 21, 2007   
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I am deeply saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. He and Audrey were a delight to have around. May you all be comforted during this stressful time.
Rita Etheridge (Chesapeake, VA) - August 21, 2007  
Uncle Kenny was a man of vision and great people skills. He seemed to always understand the context of events and things, and his words were therefore always appropriate and edifying.

I will always remember his quick smile and gentle humor, and the exciting trips I took as a child on his fishing boat.
Gary Crum (St. Paul, VA) - August 22, 2007    
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Always wonderful to me. I am sorry for the loss to the whole community and to all of the Crum family, a very wonderful family to be sure. God bless you all, especially Audrey, in your loss.
Robin Roebuck (Yorktown, VA) - August 22, 2007     
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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire Crum family and their many friends at this time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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