Edwin S. "Shorty" Cromer died March 24, 2005, at his home after a long illness.
Cromer was born Sept. 24, 1927, in Tryon, N.C., to John S. and Ruth (Farr) Cromer.
Cromer was raised and attended school in Tryon. He joined the U.S. Marine Corp at the age of 15 and served his country for the next three years. After the service, he finished high school and worked in power line construction. Cromer married Virginia Long on July 16, 1955, in Hot Sulphur Springs. Shortly after their marriage, he formed his own power line construction company and they lived in various places including Steamboat Springs, Kansas, Montana, Utah, and Colorado. They eventually settled in Craig and have operated the company from here for the past 32 years. He was very passionate about his work and it essentially was his hobby. He joined the VFW in Craig and became very active in that organization serving in all of its various offices and being actively involved in all of their activities during the years.
Cromer is survived by his wife, Virginia Cromer of Craig; daughters, Waynetta (Bobby) Newsom of Pueblo, Cheryl (Roger) Beck of Enid, Okla., and Cynthia (Tom) Arnett of Post Falls, Idaho; sons Darrell Ray (Yong) Cromer of Craig, and John Cromer of Craig; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and sister, Lillian (Waltah) Kemph, of Florida.
Cromer was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Evelyn Knoll; brothers David and Ben; a daughter, Darlene Vasquez; and two grandchildren.
Services were March 31, 2005, at First Christian Church with Frank Sampson officiating. The organist was Anne Carr, and the soloist was Wanda Brown.
Selections were "Amazing Grace," and "The Old Rugged Cross."
Special selection was "Greatest Man I Never Knew" by Reba McEntire.
Honorary pallbearers were "Shorty's Crew" and "All His Family and Many Friends."
Military honors were given by the United States Marine Corps and VFW Post #4265.
Services were concluded at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to The Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service in care of Grant Mortuary.