Joseph Daum, 88, of Fairfield Glade, TN, passed away early in the morning Feb. 23, 2017.
Born Jan. 5, 1929, Joseph was the son of Adolf and Caroline Daum. He emigrated to the United States in 1949 at the age of 20; and married Dr. Wilhelmina Bobczynski in 1951. They made their home in Lansing, MI, and had two children. Following Wilma's passing in 1989, Joseph was remarried to Janet Proos (deceased) in 1990, also of Lansing. They built a home and retired to Fairfield Glade, TN, in the early 2000s to enjoy warmer weather, golf and time together.
Joseph used his trade and business skills to create Industrial Blacksmithing Company, Inc. of Lansing, MI, manufacturing specialized tools used in heavy industry in the late 1950s through mid-1980s. The company was successful, providing him enough financial security to sell and retire in the mid-1980s.
Joseph is survived by his children: Michael (Carol) Daum of Ammon, ID, and Marria (Thomas) McKown of Brooklyn, MI; and four grandchildren: Joseph A Daum, working in Williston, ND; Kristen (Ryan) Clark working in Tallahassee, FL; Ryan T. McKown, working in Meitingen, Germany; and Abbe Paul A. McKown, studying in the Roman Catholic Seminary near Florence, Italy.
Joseph came from a family of five children, who moved frequently in the years leading up to and during WWII, eventually emigrating to the U.S./Canada: Mina (Folke) Landstrom, both deceased of E. Lansing, MI; Julia (John) Bean, both deceased of E. Lansing, MI; Hans (deceased) (Helen) Daum of Canada; and Hermann (deceased) (Cheryl) Daum of Sand Lake, MI. He has numerous nieces and nephews.
Joseph loved golf, politics and being active in the stock market. He was proud of the life he built in the United States of America. He was a wonderful father and devoted husband. He was loved by family and friends and will be dearly missed.
Requiem Mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Crossville, followed by interment at Crossville City Cemetery.
Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC (www.hoodfuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on March 27, 2017