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Randy Merlin Crum

December 13, 1946 ~ March 3, 2019 (age 72)

Randy Merlin Crum, 72, of East Peoria, IL passed away at 10:14 am on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria.  He was born on December 13, 1946 in Peoria, IL to Elmer and Grace M. (Gilbert) Crum.  He married Alba A. Miller in 1971 and she passed away in 2002.

Surviving are his two children Apollo (Sharon Esserine) Crum of Urbana, IL and Miranda (Chris) Prather of Germantown Hills; granddaughter Charlotte Prather; girlfriend Bonnie McNutt of Spring Bay; and siblings Helen Vanderveen of Havana, IL, Elmer (Linda) Crum of Wyoming, IL, Gilbert Crum of Peoria, and Judy (Rick) Bleven of Paragould, Arkansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Sylvia, Velma, Alvin, and Melvin.

Randy is a U.S. Army Veteran.  He grew up in Wilburn, IL.  Randy worked as a machinist at Caterpillar for 30 years, retiring in 2004.  After his retirement, he became owner-operator of Randy’s Bookscout.  Randy had a passion for chess, gymnastics, and philosophy.

Cremation rites have been accorded.  A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills Chapel.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the U.S. Chess Federation, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557.  Online condolences at


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