Ronald Lee Cromer, 79, of Carlisle passed away suddenly on September 9, 2019 at his home. He was born on May 25, 1940 in Carlisle and was a son of the late John James Cromer and Anna (Sowers) Cromer.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carlisle and was a 1959 graduate of Carlisle High School. He was a member of Local Union No. 1180, retiring in 2000 after working for HB Alexander in Harrisburg for more than 30 years. After his retirement from construction, he worked part-time at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course.
Surviving is his wife of 53 years, Corliss Ann Kitner Cromer whom he married on August 20, 1966; his daughter, Elizabeth (Beth) Spanos and husband George of Hummelstown; his son, Patrick and wife Kristen O’Hara Cromer of Lakewood Colorado; and his five beloved grandchildren, Abby, Alex and Katie Spanos and Anna and Jude Cromer. He is also survived by one brother, George and wife Janet of Carlisle, and a sister, Barbara Shope, of Mechanicsburg, and three sisters-in-law, Wendy Kitner and husband Jim Hall and Pamela Rosenberry of Carlisle, and Kathy Liebrum of State College. He will also be missed by his granddog Sophie, who he adored.
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Ron, or Pap-Pap as he was more commonly called, was a quiet, kind, big-hearted, thoughtful man who was devoted to serving those he loved. He especially loved to cook. His specialties were ribs, carrot cake and breakfast for his grandchildren. He was a self-taught expert in matters of meteorology and geography (he would read a road atlas cover to cover and knew every road sign from here to New Hampshire), and was a fierce competitor in family card games, where he was frequently accused, but never caught, bending the rules a bit. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life—family, outdoors, sports. He was quite an athlete in his younger days, an avid golfer, and was a fan of sports at all levels. He especially loved watching his grandchildren compete and became somewhat of a field hockey “super fan”. He had a sharp sense of humor and enjoyed teasing youngsters at family gatherings and reunions. We will miss him dearly.
A viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. at St Paul Lutheran Church, 201 W. Louther St., Carlisle, PA 17013 with Rev. Carol Bowman officiating. Burial will be in Westminster Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. A time of fellowship will be held at the Church in Stock Hall following the services. Memorial contributions may be made to his church or a charity of your choice. www.EwingBrothers.com.