Clarence A. "Bud" Cromer, 87, Valparaiso, passed away May 11, 2010.
He was born in Gettysburg, Pa., the son of Clarence F. and Nelle R. Cromer. In 1946, he married Bernice E. (Calkins) Cromer and she preceded him in death on Nov. 17, 1998. He retired from IBM in 1985 after 44 years of service, 28 years in management.
He was a Navy veteran, having served in the World Word II and the Korean conflict. He was a life member of the VFW Post 1550 and a member of American Legion Post 58.
He was an avid sports fan and participant and a loyal New York Yankees fan for nearly 70 years. He helped to organize Little League Baseball and slow-pitch softball in Greencastle. He also helped to organize the IBM Retirees Organization (IRO), the City Volleyball League and the Thursday Golf Tour.
He organized the Greencastle Astronomy Club (no longer active) and was active in bowling and golf for more than 60 years.
He was an officer at the local, district and state level of the American Heart Association for 10 years and served one term as Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals in Greencastle. He was a member of Gobin Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son William A. and wife Bonnie Cromer, Chesterton, Ind., a daughter Elizabeth Herman, Winter Park, Fla., a granddaughter, Stacey and husband John Korba, and two great-grandsons Nicholas and Adam, Portage, Ind., three step grandchildren Laurie and husband Richard Cowsert, Brad and wife Patti Decker, all of Chesterton Ind., and Greg and wife Regina Decker, Indianapolis. Also surviving are five step great-grandchildren, sister Elsa Winkler and two nephews Jeffrey and Pau,l and a stepmother Jean Cromer, all of Pennsylvania.
Viewing will be at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home Friday, May 14, 2010, from 5-8 p.m., with services Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Greencastle, with military honors.