John Glenn Crum

December 27, 1945 ‒ September 12, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: John Glenn Crum, 69, of Mansfield passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, September 12, 2015.

John was born December 27, 1945 in Shelby, Ohio to the late John Skiles Crum and Naomi Lybarger Crum.

John was a 1963 Shelby High School graduate and a 1967 graduate of Heidelberg College.  He earned his M.A. in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills in 1986.  John proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1969.

John led a remarkable and meaningful life even though he was a quadriplegic for 42 years.  He impacted thousands of lives during his 20 plus years with the Centerburg Local School District.  Through John’s blog he enjoyed the new friends and the opportunity to express his thoughts of his military experience.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Riley Crum of Mansfield; son John Casey Crum of Powell; and brother David (Diane) Crum of Wooster.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Tim Crum.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Crum family.  Per John’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shelby Helpline or the Richland County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family,

  • Linda,
    We are so sorry to learn of John’s passing. He was a true gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • To The Crum Family,

    John graduated with my sister Margie Parsons from Shelby. I remember John as a kind gentle man. I was blessed to have known him.

    Prayers for comfort during these tough times.
    Barbara Parsons Fensch

  • Linda, Casey , and David .

    My name is Linda Shawk Stentz my mother is Nancy Wolf Shawk. She gave John some pics sent him some pics when he contacted her about the Crum family histry. We are so sorry to read about John’s death . May God wrap his arms around you all during this difficult time . I think the last time I saw you was when Linda’s mom Rose died.
    Linda Stentz and Donald n Nancy Shawk

  • Linda, We were very surprised and saddened to hear about John. This is a great loss for our family. He was quite a fighter and we respected you both for all you endured over the years. May the Lord be with you, Casey, Dave and your families as you grieve.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family in this time of sadness. I went to school for the entire twelve years with John and I admired him a great deal. He was a wonderful person.

  • Linda & Casey, so sorry for your loss. We admired Mr. Crum as a coach and a teacher. I have a lot of great memories. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Linda, Casey & Dave, – Bob & I were very surprised to read about John. Didn’t realize you were back in our area. Please know you are all in our thoughts & prayers.

  • To John Crum’s loved ones , I never realized sitting in Mr. Crum’s class over 30 years ago that I would have an amazing son with dmd, and that the majority of his life would be spent in a wheelchair, and the last 5 years of his life, that he would only be able to move his right thumb. I never realized the obstacles that you had to go through, until my own personal experiences, with my son Ryan. I always admired your strength and your courage, and even more after my life experiences. You were an inspiration to so many people. You will never be forgotten. In my son’s obituary, it says, “there are no wheelchairs in heaven.” and I truly believe that. My son always said,if he would have been able bodied that the sport he would have wanted to play the most, would have been football. So here’s hoping that he is in heaven right now playing football, and if he’s really lucky, you, Mr. Crum will be his coach. God bless you and your family, sincerely , Becky [Kasson, Myers,] Tennant

  • Linda and Casey, Joann and I are so sorry to hear of Johns passing, he was truly one of a kind. May the good Lord Bless you and help you through this trying time.

  • So very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Crum. He was my favorite teacher and made my high school years enjoyable. I have a lot of fond memories of his class. Working on the yearbook was wonderful with Mr. Crum as our leader. I did not know that you were in Ohio. I would have made the trip to visit with you. I will keep you and Casey in my prayers.