John D. Cromer, 90, Gering

John D. Cromer, 90, of Gering passed away Sunday morning, July 28th at Heritage Estates in Gering. His memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 2, 2013 at Central Church of Christ in Gering with Pastor Lyle Hinebauch officiating. Interment will be in West Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at Gering Memorial Chapel Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Memorials have been established to Central Church of Christ, Legacy of the Plains Museum or to CAPWN Foundation. Tributes of sympathy may be left at

John was born May 4, 1923 in Geirng, NE, the youngest of three boys, to George C. and Freada (Henatsch) Cromer. John grew up on the family farm south of Gering and attended Gering rural and city schools graduating from Gering High School in 1941. He served during World War II in the U. S. Army previous to his medical discharge. John graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in Vocational Agriculture. John taught Vocational Agriculture briefly in Gordon, NE, provided on-farm training to returning veterans of WW II in Scotts Bluff County, taught welding classes trhough Scottsbluff Junior College, Manpower training, and high school science classes for one year at Sunflower High School. He started farming and feeding after moving to the farm on Carter Canyon Road until rheumatoid arthritis forced his retirement from farming in the fall of 1984.

While in college, John assisted with 4-H Camps state wide and was in leadership positions in numerous Ag College organizations. He was active in Rural Youth. John served as a 4-H leader. He was active in Toastmasters International for many years belonging to three clubs at one time, serving as Lt. Governor of Rocky Mt. Region and receiving the Distinguished Toastmaster's Medal (DTM) in 1990. He taught Sunday School and served as a deacon of the Central Church of Christ for many years. He also belonged to Farm Bureau. He was proud of his pioneer heritage and was Oregon Trail Days Half Centruy club President in 1981.

John married Joan Ouderkirk on June 19, 1953 and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They have lived in their home on Carter Canyon Road since 1956. John and Joan have three children: Brad, Greg and Karen. Education has always been very important to the Cromers and JHohn was especially proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.

Surviving John are his wife Joan, sons Bradley (Patti) Cromer, Denver, CO, Gregory (Kerri) Cromer of Gilbert, AZ and daughter Karen (Jerome) Johnson, Eagan, MN, and grandchildren: Daniel Salt Lake City, UT, Katie, Boston, MA, Nathan Milwaukee, WI, Scott and Andy, Denver, CO, Miriam, Las Cruces, NM, Joanne Johnson, St. Paul, MN and Lyle Johnson, Eagan, MN; brother: Dr. Chalmers Cromer, Lincoln, NE, nephews: Mark (Jayne) Cromer, Papilion, NE, Gary (Judy Porter) Cromer, Des Moines, IA and niece Debbie Cromer, Ramah, CO; brother-in-law: Ernest (Tessie) ouderkirk, nephew Todd (Denise) Ouderkirk and niece Vickie Ouderkirk all of Gering plus numerous great nephews and nieces.

Preceding John in death were his parents George and Freada Cromer, brother and sister-in-law Wayne and Terry Cromer and sisters-in-law Ruth Cromer and Marline and Mary Ouderkirk.

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