Robert Earlston Nycum, 82, passed away Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at WMHS-RMC in Cumberland, Md.
Born Sept. 2, 1929, Robert “Bob” Nycum was the son of Lloyd E. Nycum and Amanda (Trail) Nycum. He was born in LaVale, Md., and grew up on Valley Road in Bowman’s Addition.
He attended Columbia Street Elementary School and graduated from Fort Hill High School in 1948. He also received his degree in political science from Frostburg State University.
He was employed at Buchanan Lumber Co. and also worked at WTBO radio station in Cumberland.
He was a member of the Naval Reserves.
He relocated to Hagerstown, Md., and lived in Orchard Hills in the Maugansville area. He worked as an engineer for the Fairchild Aeronautical Plant, sold real estate and homes for the John R. Oliver Home Construction Corp., and owned and operated a Christian bookstore on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown. Eventually he returned to Cumberland, where he owned Nycum’s Good News and Hobby Shop.
He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Cumberland. For the past three years, Bob was a resident at Allegany Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Ann Jack.
He is survived by sons, Gary Nycum and wife, Michele, of Owings Mills, Md., David Nycum and wife, Debra, of Greencastle, Pa., and Scott Nycum of Kearnsville, N.C.; and daughter, Angel Miller and husband, Brian, of Cumberland. He is also survived by a sister, Reba L. (Nycum) Shobe of Maugansville, Md.; and a brother, George Allen Nycum of Cumberland. Bob had six grandsons, Alex, Zachary, Keith, Derek, Ryan and Kyle; two granddaughters, Brooke and Glenda; a great-granddaughter, Paetyn; several nieces and great-nieces; and several nephews and great-nephews. Bob also had a special friend, Hazel Stiffler of Centerville, Pa.
Bob loved to play checkers, read and dance. Before his illness, Bob often could be found dancing with Hazel at the downtown Friday After Five celebrations.
Funeral services will be conducted at Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, (www.scarpellifh.com), at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, with the Rev. Sherrill Dillon officiating.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Final interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park on Bedford Road, Cumberland.
Military honors will be accorded by the Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.