Howard Deloye Corum

Howard Deloye Corum

Howard Deloye Corum

Van Horne

Howard Deloye Corum, 83, of Van Horne, formerly of Shellsburg and Central City, passed on April 6, 2023. Howard will be cremated and interred at Cedar Memorial with a later time with a small graveside service.

Howard was born to Edward and Theresa (Ralston) Corum on Dec. 16 1939, in Marion, Iowa. He was the baby boy of the family and he knew it, and was slightly spoiled and stubborn. He met the love of his life, Carolyn Henderson, in Marion and married her on June 27, 1959. They had 37 years together before her passing. He served in the U.S. Army and spent some time overseas in Korea. He was very proud of his military service. Dad had a lot of jobs in his lifetime but most notably at FMC and Cedar Rapids Inc (Terex) in his latter years.

Howard and Carolyn had three children, Randy of Amana, Kelly (Kimberly) of Shellsburg and Kimberly (Kyle) Kline of Van Horne. He had five grandchildren, Tiffany (Zach) Jacobson of Dubuque, Kody of Shellsburg, Kelsea (Alvin) of Blairstown, Keaton of Omaha, Neb., and Kenna of East Lansing, Mich.; and six great-grandchildren. He is survived by a sister, Nancy (Gary) Gruwell; and a brother, Stanley Corum.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, in 1997; son, Kelly, in 2001; a grandson, Kody, in 2013; along with his parents and siblings, Leslie, Ida Mae, Betty, Richard, Leona and Veronica.

Howard and Carolyn eventually settled in Central City to raise their family. Everyone knew Howard had it all, which means if you needed a part, a bolt, a nut or tool you always check with Howard before you go buy one as he most certainly had what you needed. He has been through a lot of ups and downs in his life, but he always worked hard and came out for the better, eventually. It was never an easy ride. Dad was the ever loving goofball. He used to love to joke around with his sons and either get Carolyn to laugh or get her flustered at them. He was also known to turn his hearing aids off when he was just “done” listening but would act as though he was involved in the discussion. He was a lover of onions and potatoes and ate them almost daily. He taught his children how to work harder, smarter and live cheaper, did we mention cheaper. He was well known to be a skilled welder, collector of things, a man that knew a little something about almost everything and he could jerry rig a fix almost anything you need to finish a job in a pinch. He and Carol loved to make wood crafts from start to finish and became well known at the campgrounds for selling their crafts. After Carolyn’s death, he moved closer to his children in Shellsburg and lived there for 23 years before eventually moving to Van Horne, and eventually with his daughter in her home.

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