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.
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.