Lynn Elwood Dum, 93 of McClure, PA passed away peacefully on January 21 at his grandson’s home in
Lynn was the son of the late William and Ruth (Dromgold) Dum. He was preceded in death by his
sister, Bonnie Lyons and his son, Lynn Sheaffer Dum. Lynn was survived by his daughter, Alma Lynne
Kretzing of Ave Maria, FL, granddaughter, Laura (Patrick) Hayden of Rangeley, ME and their daughter,
Claire and grandson, Matthew (Kasey) Kretzing of Elliottsburg, PA and their children, Karson,
Madelynn and Kassidee.
Lynn was born on the family farm in Elliottsburg on Easter morning, April 4, 1926. This was the farm
that his grand parent, Alfred Barley Dum originally purchased in 1905 and was later owned by his
father, William. In 1931, Lynn’s parents built a home in New Bloomfield while still working the family
farm in Elliottsburg. Lynn was confirmed at 13 and became a member of Christ Lutheran Church in
New Bloomfield. Lynne was home schooled for K-1 by his father, who was a graduate of Carson Long
Institute and Shippensburg Normal School with a degree in education. When Lynn started 2 nd grade
in the public school, he already knew his multiplication tables.
Upon graduation from high school, he drove milk truck for several years until drafted into the Army.
He served in active duty 1944-1946. He was stationed in the Philippines and was in Japan following
the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.
Upon returning home in 1947, he decided to go into farming and purchased the family farm from his
father. During the initial years of farming he also worked at Wright’s Welding Shop in New
For the next forty years, Lynn was a hardworking, high energy, dedicated dairy farmer who never
missed a day milking the cows am and pm in addition to tending to the field crops on the 150-acre
farm. During the busy seasons on the farm in spring and summer, it was not uncommon for him to be
working into the late hours of the night until the sun came up.
Lynn’s simple pleasures in life included country dancing, listening to the Grand Ole Opry and watching
Nascar races. Square dancing was a Saturday night family activity with the whole family dressed in
hand embroidered matching shirts. If you visited Lynn on a Sunday, you were prepared to join him
watching a Nascar race on tv and discussing the wins/losses of each driver during the commercials.
In 1985 he retired from farming due to health issues and moved to McClure, PA where he worked for
the Borough of Burnham for years. In his free time, he would go square dancing 4-6 nights a week
and travel with his companion, Mabel Stimely.
Lynn was an exceptionally talented man who could build and repair anything. While farming, he
constructed a 30’ by 70’ cinderblock machinery building all by himself. In his later years, he spent
many hours in his workshop making exquisite hand- crafted furniture.
He glowed with joy when spending time with his four great grandchildren and he will be greatly
missed by his family and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, January 26 th , 2020 at the New Bloomfield Cemetery at 2 PM.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Homeland Hospice of Harrisburg.