Robert R. “Bob” Crump
Robert R. “Bob” Crump, longtime Ashley and Delaware County law enforcement officer passed away peacefully, Thursday (June 28, 2012) at Wintersong Village Care Center at the age of 79.
Born on June 27, 1933, in Point Pleasant, W.Va., to the late Charlie and Blanche (Kinnaird) Crump, he had attended Willis High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict in the military police. Bob married his beloved wife of 57 years, Mary C. Van Meter in 1954 and she survives in Delaware. He retired from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy and corrections officer. Bob was one of the first deputies to incorporate and organize the current EMS service into Delaware County under the leadership of former Sheriff Eugene Jackson. He also served as the former Chief of Police for the village of Ashley, where he was most proud of his law enforcement accomplishments.
Bob was also a long-time meat cutter for the Kroger Company as a journey-man before retiring upon his illness. His last few years were focused on his church, the East Side Mission and his endearing friendship with the Rev. Donnie Akers, his family and especially his great-grandson, Colton Barger whom was his bright light while facing the challenges of Downs Syndrome.
An outdoors man at heart, he was proud of his West Virginia roots, enjoyed deer hunting and a passion for flower gardening. Quite in nature, he loved unconditionally. Always devoted to his work, he was happiest outside, enjoying campfires, roasting marshmallows and being with family.
Amongst all of his accomplishments in life, his family was most proud of his mentoring, passion, experience and friendships to extended family.
A fact echoed in those who will serve as his pallbearers whom he mentored and are former Ashley policemen: Rob Penrod, Bobby Lavender, Brian Skipworth and Bret Snouffer.
In addition to his wife, he is also survived by daughters, Deborah (Mark) Crump-Crego of Delaware and Carolyn Swank of Weatherford, Texas; five grandchildren, Heather Crump (Larry Cochran), John “Rob” Barger, Tara (Joe) Ross, Richard (Becci) Swank and Crystal McLain-Jones, 10 great-grandchildren, Aarika and Tyler Cochran, Colton and Starr Barger, Darrin and Allison Ross, Kailey and Kinzley Swank, Dylan Jones and Landon Howard; brother, Roy (Carrie) Crump of Kentucky; sisters, Phyllis (Jack) Howard of Ashley and Winifred Bauder of Kentucky; very special aunt and uncle, Tommy and Doris Crump of Westfield; brothers and sisters in-law, Ron (Helen) Steele, Chester (Barb) VanMeter and Bob (Vida) Gale; and many cousins and extended family and friends in the Delaware area.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Ray Crump; and two former sons-in-law, David “Mike” Barger and Michael “Weed” McLain.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Drive, Delaware. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Eastside Mission Church, 32 Joy Ave., Delaware, with the Rev. Donnie Akers officiating; burial will follow in Ashley Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Eastside Mission Church Building Fund or the National Kidney Foundation.
Condolences may be expressed at snyderfuneralhomes.com.