Gordy & Opal Krum have lived in the village of Decatur since 1950. They built a house on Cedar St and had a cottage on Eagle Lake, where Opal and their children spent the summers. They decided to move to Lake of the Woods in 1963. A large red brick house on Meadow. . . It was perfect because they could reside on a lake and were still in the Village. Their children (Nancy lives in Decatur and Gary near PawPaw) loved to swim in the channel and they enjoyed boating around the lake.
Gordy had a Chevrolet dealership in Decatur. He also owned Airway Lanes, a bowling alley, in Kalamazoo. He eventually became the president of the First State Bank of Decatur. When they were first married Opal was a social worker. She gave that up to be a homemaker and mother. She says she also served as Gordy's "go-fer", running errands for his businesses.
Gordy belongs to the VFW, the Masons, the Lion's Club, and he is a lifetime member on the board of the Michigan Bowling Proprietors Association. He continues to work part time at the Bank, too!
Gordy & Opal love Lake of the Woods. When their children grew up and moved out of their house they decided they needed a smaller house. In 2000 they built a house right next door---still on the lake! Opal says the free swimming lessons for children and having a life guard at the public beach are wonderful perks. She remembers her daughter Nancy swimming across the lake in those swimming lessons!
They talked about how the lake has changed over the years, from small cottages to big year-round houses. Opal says that in the distant past living on the lake was undesirable. But not anymore. . .!
Their biggest concern about Lake of the Woods is the need for a sewer system around the lake. They would like all lake residents, even if they are part timers, to attend to the health of the lake for the long term.
Their favorite local restaurants are the Hard Times Cafe in Decatur, La Cantina in Paw Paw, Big Ts in Lawton, and Zeeks in Dowagiac.
Gordy & Opal appreciate the Lake Association for keeping them aware of what is going on around the lake.