Effingham Daily News
---- — Crutcher B. Byrum, 90, of Effingham, passed away in the early morning of Monday, July 1, 2013, at Effingham Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday at Hall Funeral Chapel, Effingham with Dr. Roger Marshall officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery with military rites. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be left online at www.hallfuneralchapel.com.
Crutcher was born on June 12, 1923, in Madison County, Tennessee, to Beulah (Helton) Byrum Mahaney and Wilson Harvey Byrum. He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1944 to 1946 in the 2nd Division, Anti-Tank Unit. During his service he served as a tank engine mechanic and officers’ jeep driver. For his service, he received the American Campaign Medal, the European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. He lived and worked on his farm in Winterrowd and worked as a bus mechanic for the Dieterich School District in Dieterich from which he retired in the 1980s. He married Marie Rose Bushur in 1945 and she preceded him in death in 2006.
They had six children, all of whom survive him, Linda Sue (husband, Randall) Poe of Dieterich, Sharon Marie (husband, Paul) Slaney of Spirit Lake, Idaho, Gary David (wife, Dawn) Byrum of Effingham, Delores Faye (husband, Frederick) Rauscher of East Lansing, Mich., Carol Ann (husband, Rick) Koester of Teutopolis, and Harvey Gene (wife, Beth) Byrum of Effingham; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Joseph David Byrum; stepfather, Peter S. Mahaney; and wife, Marie Rose (Bushur) Byrum.
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