Crutcher B. Byrum (90) of Effingham


Published on July 1 2013 11:12 am

Crutcher B. Byrum, 90, of Effingham, Illinois died early Monday morning, July 1, 2013 at Effingham Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Effingham.

Funeral services are at noon Wednesday, July 3 at Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham with Dr. Roger Marshall officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial is in Oakridge Cemetery with military rites. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be left by clicking here.

Crutcher was born June 12, 1923 in Madision County, Tennessee, to Beulah (Helton) Byrum Mahaney and Wilson Harvey Byrum. He married Marie Rose Bushur in 1945. 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.

Survivors include six children, 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, Michigan, 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 wife, Marie Rose Byrum; mother and father; brother, Joseph David Byrum and step-father, Peter S. Mahaney.