Buddy Crum, 88, passed away on June 17, 2022 at his home. He was born in Denison, Iowa on July 12, 1933, son of Theodore and Ella (Cox) Crum.

Buddy graduated from East High School, where he was an all-city linebacker for the undefeated football state champions in 1951. He took over his dad’s business of Crum Electric and worked until the business closed in the early 1980’s. After that he and his oldest son Ted ran Ted’s shooting supply. Buddy proudly served in the U.S. Airforce, and while stationed at Barksdale in Bossier City, Louisiana he met the love of his life, Mary Ann. Three weeks later they were married. Lovingly he called her MAC and together they raised a family. He enjoyed his time with friends – sharing stories. Taking the cap off of the bottle and he played the lotto trying to win big, although he didn’t, life was still good. He loved to travel with Mary Ann and spend time at the farm in Villisca working the cattle, hunting the ground and fishing the pond.

Buddy Darlin is survived his sons; Ted Crum, Randy (Janet) Crum, Tom (Linda White) and Pam Gray; grandchildren, Nick Gray, Sara Brown, Jenna Taylor, Anthony Crum, Steve Brommel, Richard Trimble and Tommy Crum Jr.; 14 great grandchildren; sisters Darlene Burns and Mary Moses. As well as other loving family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Buddy was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years; his granddaughter, Ashley; son-in-law, Dennis Gray; sisters, Beverly Fogerty and Marlene Purdy and his beloved four-legged friend, Casey

Family will greet friends on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Ave., Des Moines, Iowa. Services will follow at 12:00 pm, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to his family.

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