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M Richard Caum

Got a message from Randy Schoch this am about Michael R "Dick" Caum. It has been updated


Michael R. "Dick" Caum, 73, Shrewsbury, formerly of Altoona, died Friday at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. He was the loving husband of Janet (Bollinger) Caum, whom he married July 15, 1967.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Robert E. and Josephine (Adams) Caum.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children and seven grandchildren: daughter Jennifer (Ken) Mathias and their children Julia, Abby and Paige of York, daughter Stephanie (Todd) Knepper and their children Ben and Gracie of New Freedom and son Michael (Samantha) Caum and their children Michael and Natasha of Shrewsbury; three siblings: Robert (Glenda) Caum in Georgia and Nancy Decker and Jim (Judy) Caum, both of Altoona; a cousin, Tom (Maryellen) Myers, who was like a brother, in New York; and two sisters-in-law: Doris Yingling and Nancy Shunk, both of Altoona.

After proudly serving in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Alaska, Dick began his professional career as a police officer in Altoona. Next, he was a telephone equipment installer for Western Electric, followed by employment at Lucent Technologies, Hunt Valley, before retiring and working for IBM in their data center. He was a part-time police officer for Shrewsbury and New Freedom from 1972-79, and was elected constable for Shrewsbury Borough, serving the community for 35 years.

Dick was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, New Freedom, and owned his own model railroad business. Dick was also an avid hunter and conservationist involved with Penn State Forestry. He was a member of the Shrewsbury Fire Company in the 1970s.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary Inc., 24 N. Second St., New Freedom. The funeral liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dick's memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or to The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714 (for pancreatic cancer research).



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12/14/15 04:26 PM #1    

D Larry Bookhamer

I didn't know Dick in high school.  I first met him in the Altoona hospital where there first child had just been born.  My cousin Janet married him, Janet and I where or are like sister and brother. From what she has told me he was a very caring husband, father and grandfather.  He was active in his community, a constable, a fire figher, and many other things.  Not only a classmate also a cousin-in-law.  REST IN PEACE.

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