Obituary for Gordon D. Krum

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Gordon D. Krum

December 3, 1927 - April 26, 2018

Gordon D. Krum, 90, of Decatur, passed away at his home on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 11am at Newel Chapel, 83313 M51, Decatur, with Pastor Jim Abshagen and Pastor Harry Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 4pm until 7pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Decatur Human Services, First Presbyterian Church, Decatur Public Schools, Downtown Decatur Development Authority,  or Hospice of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at

Gordy was born on December 3, 1927, to Noel & Vera (Hayne) Krum in Kalamazoo. He attended Schoolcraft High School. He then enlisted in the army for 2 years of service. In 1950, he graduated from Michigan State University. On June 10, 1950, He married Opal Hewitt at the Methodist Church in Clio, MI.

Gordy was a man of many talents. He opened and operated a Chevrolet dealership for 22 years, Airway Bowling Center in Kalamazoo for 40 years and the First State Bank for over 30 years. Gordy was President of the Michigan State Bowling Proprietors Association between 1974-1976 and was active in the Bowling Proprietors Insurance Group. He was also an Elder at Frist Presbyterian Church in Decatur, a Trustee of the Webster Memorial Library, Trustee of the Lakeview Hospital Foundation and Chairman of the Downtown Development Authority. Gordy was a member of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Decatur-Hamilton Fire Department, Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Elks Club and Optimist Club

Gordy is survived by his wife Opal Krum; children, Garry (Shelley) Krum of Paw Paw and Nancy Wiese of Decatur; grandchildren, Nicole, Kristine, Jacqueline, Diana, Elizabeth, Stefanie and Kreigh; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and nephews & niece, David (Linda) Krum, Janice Ann (Dennis) McNally and Jon (Laurie) Krum.

Gordy was preceded in death by his parents, Noel & Vera Krum and brother Kenneth Krum who passed away in 1976.


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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Service Information

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Lakeside Cemetery


Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Memorial Information

Memorial contributions may be made to the Decatur Human Services, First Presbyterian Church, Decatur Public Schools, Downtown Decatur Development Authority or Hospice of Southwest Michigan.


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Born: December 3, 1927
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Condolences for Gordon D. Krum

Scott Alan Francis Keeler posted on 1/19/19

The Lord is my She0herd, nothing in deed shall I want!


Cindi & Brian Crandall posted on 5/1/18

Brian and I have many fond memories of Gordy, including his stint as bartender at our wedding reception. He was a close friend of the family and he will certainly be missed by many. My condolences to Opal, Garry and Nancy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Victor and Mariya Iwlew posted on 4/30/18

Mr.Gordon Krum , was the Greatest Mr. proprietor in the U.S.A. Everyone loved him , he will be missed ! My only regret was that I didn`t get to work for him in my younger days. Vic and Mariya Iwlew


Jim & Judy MacPhee posted on 4/29/18

My wife Judy and I both had the honor of working for Gordy. Judy worked at Airway Lanes during high school, and I worked for Kalamazoo County State Bank in Schoolcraft, where Gordy served as a Director. He is one of the very best men that we have ever met, he would always do the best for his employees, and was much more than a boss, he was a friend. God Bless him, Opal, and his family. He will be missed.


Edna Ralston posted on 4/28/18

My Sympathy to the Krum Family: Gordy will be sorely missed in Decatur and I will miss his beautiful smile and warm handshake that he always greeted everyone with. When we moved to Decatur Gordy was one of the first people we met that made us feel welcome. Gordy and Opal have always been there when we needed a friend or advisor. He and Larry shared many a laugh and enjoyed the local Ball Games at the school, they also shared a birth date. Rest In Peace dear Friend, it has been a privilege and honor to know you. Sincerely, Edna Ralston


Susan Marcinek posted on 4/28/18

Opal, I’m so very sorry to hear about Gordy. What a great loss to you and the town of Decatur. Everytime I saw him, he always made a point to ask me how I was. He was such a caring man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Susan Marcinek


Anne & Doug Olsen posted on 4/28/18

Our condolences to the Krum family. Gordy was a wonderful man whose pride & commitment to the Decatur community was exemplary. He was a man who always made time for others and lent a helping hand. He will be missed by all who knew him.


Pam (Highland)Shaffer posted on 4/28/18

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