Rudolph J. Clum, 83, of Holland, Ohio, formerly of Van Wert, Ohio, and Monroe, Mich., passed away at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Toledo, Ohio, to Joseph and Anna Bartus Clum.
Rudy is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marie Miller Clum; children, Susan (Greg) Beckman of Jupiter, Fla., Kevin Clum of Adrian, Mich., and Sharon (Ken) Shaw of Redmond, Wash.; four grandchildren, Amy (Rob) Phorence and Wendy (Josh) Hackler of Fla., Karl Clum of Fla., and Damian Clum of Adrian, Mich.; and three great-grandchildren, Brittney Watson, Spencer Hackler, and Marissa Hackler all of Florida. Also a brother, Arthur Clum of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Clarence H. Fitzgerald, of Monroe, Mich.
Rudy is a 1945 graduate from Monroe High School, Monroe, Mich., and attended the University of Toledo for two years. He is a World War II veteran, serving in the South Pacific and Uriyang, Korean. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, an usher and Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Lourdes, and a member of the Stone Oak Country Club.
Rudy and Marie were married on June 17, 1950, at St. Mary’s Church in Monroe, Mich. Rudy is a 34-year veteran of the corrugated box industry with Consolidated Packaging in Monroe, Mich., and Tecumseh Corrugated Box Company in Van Wert, Ohio, and Tecumseh, Mich., retiring in 1990. He was an enthusiastic sportsman, greatly enjoying and excelling at semi-pro basketball, golf (four holes in one), and bowling.