Arthur Crum

July 17, 1934November 12, 2012
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Arthur F. Crum Jr. Col. USAF(Ret) July 17th, 1934-November 12th, 2012 Art Crum Jr. passed away at home on November 12th, 2012 of natural causes. The second of three children born to Arthur F. Crum Sr. and Margaret Crum, Art was born and raised in Crafton, Pa, a borough of Pittsburgh. In what he considered the luckiest day of his life, he met his future bride, Nancy Blaha, during his freshman year of high school. Together they attended Penn State University and were married December 15th, 1956. The next 30 years they traveled the world as Art proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Along the way they had four children, Art III, Ed, Julie, and Erin.

After retiring in Austin in 1986, he enjoyed playing golf, rooting for the Steelers and Nittany Lions, as well as traveling with Nancy. His greatest passion later in life were his six grandchildren, who adored him. He was a dedicated member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church and derived much comfort from his faith. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie. Art is survived by his beloved wife Nancy; sons Art III and Ed; daughter Erin; sisters Joan and Chris; and six grandchildren.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock until eight o’clock in the evening, on Thursday, the 15th of November 2012, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. A Rosary will be recited at seven o’clock that evening.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at one o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 16th of November, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 4311 Small Rd, Austin, Texas. Interment will follow in Austin Memorial Park under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Rosary Service Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 16, 2012

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Joe Scaparra

December 17, 2012

I just received word of Art's passing. My deepest sympathy to you Nancy and your Children. I have nothing but great memories working with Art and you. He was a great friend, and a wonderful golf partner.

Ron Harrison

November 29, 2012

Nancy, I just heard about Art this morning. We just got back from Europe last night. We are so sorry for your loss. You know that Kay and I love you and your family and feel like we are a part of your family. Ron and Kay Harrison

Chuck and Pam Courtney

November 21, 2012

Nancy (and all of Col Crum's family)... Pam and I send our deepest heartfelt condolences during a very difficult time for you. But we also remember him with our admiration of him as a wonderful man, a superb mentor, and such a genuine, caring human being. He was such a pleasure to work with in my years as a junior officer, and I always appreciated his interest and faith in me.

Laura Wyne

November 18, 2012

I always enjoyed visiting with Art at the gym, talking about football, Pittsburgh, great fish sandwiches and family. I will miss him greatly. Nancy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Col. Sid Mann (ret)

November 17, 2012

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

"Boots" Downey Spivey

November 17, 2012

Dear Nancy,
My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. I know the pain of loss that you are feeling, and I pray you will feel God's comfort and love. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Randy Wills

November 17, 2012

Most of are blessed to have one Father, I had Two. Art Crum taught me you could lead with love and respect as well as a strong message. Art Crum taught me when you love someone with all your heart as he did Nancy , you were always second and that made you strong not weak. Art Crum showed me the honor of a man and what that truely meant to his character and worth. I will miss the opportunity to pick your mind for your wisdom over a fine glass of wine. I will miss watching you make every putt inside of....well every putt ! One thing I have learned with the passing of my first Dad , like him I won't miss you. The reason I won't miss you is because like him everytime I make that correct turn in life and bring joy to my fellow man you will be right there beside me and the lessons I have learned! I love You Colonel , I Love You as if you were my Dad, thanks for your wisdom ,your love, and all the gifts you have yet to give my life.

Dick and Carolyn Beach

November 16, 2012

Dearest Nancy and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. We will always cherish those years with you and Art in Virgina and Hawaii. May God fill your empty hearts with happy memories. Love and blessings,

November 16, 2012

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the wife and family of a friend, Art Crum.

Judy & James A. Akridge (LtCol, USAF, Ret)

November 15, 2012

Nancy and Family our thoughts and prayers are with you. Michelle Hohensee, Macy and Ellis