Helena, MT, and Old Town
- It is with great sadness that the family of Norris Robert "Bob" McCrum, 73, announces his passing at the Helena (MT) VA Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, after fighting a hard battle with Stage 4 Melanoma.
He will forever be remembered by his son and best friend, Robert Walker McCrum; his young grandson, Robbie William; and his daughter-in-law, Jenny McCrum. He will also be terribly missed by his 4lb Chihuahua, Sara.
Bob was born on May 8, 1944 and raised in Old Town, where he graduated from Old Town High School. He served in the Air Force from 1962 to 1967, and was a Vietnam veteran. His speciality in the AF was in electrical power production and a technical instructor. Bob served with the Montana Army National Guard from 1983 to 2004, where he rose through the ranks to become the Command Sergeants Major of both the 495th and 1-163d IN.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, who had an unending love for the outdoors. He was an accomplished archer and was the New England States Champion for several years with the Fin Fur Feather Club in Connecticut. He was a North American Hunting Club life member and was a member of the Quartzsite Metal Detecting Club in AZ. Bob was a self professed Master Jack, who truly possessed an amazing and unequaled skill set. This included and was certainly not limited to, wood carving skills with amazing detail, canoe racing, and Indian arrowhead procurement at Lake Nicatous in Maine. He was also an expert muzzle loader. Bob tanned and made his own buckskin outfits. His intricate and beautiful beadwork on one of his tan jackets was prominently featured on the cover of the book, "Warpath." His attention to beadwork was legendary. Bob always liked to joke that he was born several generations too late and would have excelled as a mountainman.
He was predeceased by his dad, Robert Malcolm McCrum, D.O.; mom, Ezilda Mae (Moore) McCrum; and his twin brother, George McCrum. Bob will be forever remembered by his older brother, Richard McCrum and wife, Barbara; his little sister, Jeannie McCrum Wilson and husband, Dick; nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
A Prayer Service will be held in Montana on Monday, Sept. 18. Honor Guard will follow at the Montana Veteran's Cemetery, where a memory stone will be placed. We are extremely grateful to the medical staff at the Montana VA who showed much love and compassion to Bob and his family.
Published on  September 16, 2017