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James Robert Cromer

December 28, 1942 December 17, 2010
James Robert Cromer
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Obituary for James Robert Cromer

James Robert Cromer, 67, passed away Friday, December 17, 2010, at the Vinton Lutheran Home.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with Chaplain Wyatt Dagit of Iowa Hospice officiating.  Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Urbana Cemetery with military rites by Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post 57 of Vinton.
Jim was born December 28, 1942, in Oakland, Nebraska, the son of Lugene W. and Margaret C. Olson Cromer.  He grew up in Pender, Nebraska, a town he dearly loved and never truly “left.”  He attended DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago and began employment in 1962 at Collins Radio, now Rockwell Collins, in Cedar Rapids.  He retired as a Project Manager in 1994. 
He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1964 until 1968.  It was during this time that he met the love of his life, a beautiful young airline stewardess named Sammie Wood, at the Zanzibar on Colfax Street in Denver, Colorado, in September of 1964.  They were married December 5, 1964, in Alamosa, Colorado, and recently celebrated 46 years of marriage.  Based at Bunker Hill AFB in Indiana, the couple started their life and family together.  They returned to Cedar Rapids in May of 1968, later moving to Urbana in 1977, and building the home of their dreams outside Vinton in 2002.  Thanks to the loving care and commitment of Sammie, Jim was able to reside there until a week prior to his death. 
Jim had a quick wit and was always ready with a story or joke to tell.  He will be long remembered by his friends and dearly missed by his family.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sammie, of Vinton; one daughter, Chari (Jon) Kaut of Palo; one son, Robb (Tina) Cromer of Shellsburg; granddaughters Heather McKinley of Waterloo and Sara Happel of Palo; grandsons Tyler and Devin Cromer of Shellsburg; brother and sister-in-law Lugene and Donna Cromer of Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law Dixie Wood of Montrose, CO; nephew Kent (Kim) Cromer of Marion; nieces Kara (Kelly) Leyse of Marion and LeAnn (Paul) Radcleff of Montrose, CO; and his faithful companion, Missy. 
He was preceded in death by his parents.  He was an animal lover, having many “four-legged furry” children who have also preceded him in death: Mickey, Tuffy, Dusty, Scooter, his Bo kitty, Chi-Chi, Charlie and Chase.
Along with Jim, the family was very grateful for the services of Iowa Hospice, in particular: Theresa, Kara C., Kara B., Wyatt, Wayne, Brandi, Donna, Linda and former nurse Mary.  Without your assistance and care, this last year would not have been possible.  Also, a special thanks to the Vinton Lutheran Home for the care they gave in his final days.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

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