Thomas J. Kromer|
Thomas J. "Bud" Kromer, 91, of 14 Willard Drive, Lehighton, passed away Sunday, May 25, in his residence. He was the husband of Devoe J. (Campbell) Kromer.
Prior to his retiring, he was a bricklayer for the former New Jersey Zinc Co., Palmerton.
Born in Lehighton, he was a son of the late Charles and Ellen (Ahner) Kromer.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in Normandy, Northern France and Germany with the 313th Infantry Regiment. He attained the rank of private and was the recipient of three Bronze Service stars, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Purple Heart Medal for wounds he received after enemy engagement in the European Theater of Operations.
Kromer was of the Lutheran faith.
He was a life member of Lehigh Fire Co. No. 1, Lehighton, and a continuous 45-year member of American Legion Post 314, Lehighton.
In his spare time, he loved to hunt, fish, spend time with family, and putter in his yard and flower beds.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Dene G. Smith, and his wife, Joann; a sister, Dorothea Keiser of Lehighton; a granddaughter, Whitney Smith in Delaware; a grandson, Dene T. Smith, and his wife, Tracy, and a great-grandson, Zane Smith, of Lehighton; and nieces and nephews.
He was also predeceased by a brother Charles.
Service: Graveside memorial service 11 a.m. Thursday, May 29, Lehighton Cemetery, with full military honors under the direction of the Lehighton Area UVO. Arrangements by Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron streets, Lehighton. Contributions in his name may be made to the Lehighton Fire Department, 140 S. Third St., Lehighton, Pa. 18235. Online condolences can be offered at www.ovsakfh.com.
Published in Times News on May 28, 2014