DELBERT ‘KEITH’ MCCRUM JR.

Posted April 20, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.

WESTFIELD – Delbert "Keith" McCrum Jr. passed away Monday, April 18, 2011, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Vicki (Townsend) McCrum. They were married in June 1965 and were blessed with four children: Pauline and her husband, Mark Higgins, of Bangor, Barbara and her husband, David Bartlett, of Presque Isle, Gregory and his wife, Hillary, of Westfield and Troy and his wife, Nichole, of Washburn. Many wonderful family memories have been made throughout the years. Keith was happiest working on the farm, and spent his final day walking the earth doing what he loved. Weekends would find him roaming the woods on a snowsled or four-wheeler.

Affectionately known as Papa, Keith’s legacy lies within each of his 12 grandchildren: Ashley, Hallie, Emma, Rachel, Gabby, Mackenzie, Nick, Madison, Grace, Lila, Elizabeth and Samuel, who each hold irreplaceable memories of him. Whenever the wind blows its arms around them or a snowflake kisses their cheek, they will be blessed to know that he is with them. His stories and antics will continue to be the source of many laughs whenever family gathers. In addition to his immediate family, Keith predeceased his parents, Delbert and Wilda McCrum; siblings and their spouses, Debbie and Stephen Taylor, Rodney and Wendy McCrum, Ruth and Phil Parks, and Jennette and Randy Hitchcock; several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the Life Flight team and the staff at The Aroostook Medical Center and Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Calling hours will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Duncan Funeral Home, 8 Main St., Mars Hill. In keeping with Keith’s wishes, a private family funeral has been scheduled for a later date. Donations in Keith’s memory are requested in lieu of flowers to American Red Cross, 73 Hammond St., Suite 1, Bangor, ME 04401 or Cornerstone Christian Academy, 112 Caribou Road, Presque Isle, ME 04769. Please remember to donate blood and update your organ donor card. Online condolences may be expressed at

www.duncan-graves.com.

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