Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class
Leonard “Ray” Crum, 83, of Harrodsburg, passed away Saturday, November 13th, 2010 at his residence. Ray was the son of Millard and Claudine (Henson) Crum born on July 19, 1929.
Ray was born in Flora, Illinois and later moved to Harrodsburg, IN where he attended Smithville High School. Upon graduating from High School in Arizona, Ray enlisted in the US Navy in 1948 serving a total of 13 years broken service during Korea and Vietnam. While in the Navy, Ray served as a Boatswain Mate Second Class, serving at duty stations in Saipan, Japan and California. He served on several ships including the USS Skagit AKA 105 and the USS Tillamook ATA 192.
It was while stationed in Japan that Ray met his wife of 40 years, Tomiko. He opened a language school and taught for 10 years before returning to the states with Tomiko. They eventually took up residence in Harrodsburg, purchasing Ray’s boyhood home. Ray was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and old salt.
Ray is survived by his son Michael Crum and wife Pam of Santa Cruz, California; one granddaughter Taylor; one grandson Colton; two sisters Naomi (Crum) Decker and husband Bill and Charlotte (Crum) Legge both of Arizona; sister in law Michiko Willette of San Diego; and four nieces Claudette Rojas and husband Phillip, Linda Meras, Laura Stehle and husband Jeffrey and Gabrielle Miller and husband Chuck all of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Tomiko.
A memorial service with full Military Honors will be held at noon June 18, 2011 at Clover Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg IN, with a luncheon to follow.
Allen Funeral Home (Bloomington) is handling arrangements.
Naval Training Center, San Diego California 1948
At Sea 1960s
Yokosuka, Japan 1963