Elmer C. Cromley, 101, formerly of Turbotville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Geisinger/Bloomsburg Healthcare Center where he had been admitted in September.
Born June 26, 1911, in Exchange, he was the son of the late Calvin and Iva S. (Wagner) Cromley. He was married to the former Lena F. Bieber for 59 years until her death Feb. 13, 1995.
Elmer served with the U.S. Navy See Bees during World War II in Okinawa.
He retired from the former Cooper's Hardware, Turbotville, where he had been a mechanic for many years. Earlier in his life he had worked at the Ordinance in Allenwood.
He was a former ambulance driver for Turbotville Fire Company, a member of Watsontown Lodge No. 401 F&AM; a former member of the Shuler-Ridge Hunting Club, Sullivan County, and a life member of the Muffly Huff VFW Post 8206, Turbotville, where he was treasurer of the Home Association.
He was the oldest member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Turbotville, where he helped organize their annual oyster supper.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law with whom he lived, Sandra A. and Robert E. Bucher, Catawissa; two grandchildren, Kimberly Munsell and Brian (Madelin) Munsell; a step-granddaughter, Darla (David) Ernest; three great-grandchildren, Emily Sandt, Jared and Jager Munsell; and a stepgreat-grandson, Justin Ernest.
Preceding him in death besides his wife were two sisters, Ruth Corneilson and Viola Shoemaker and two brothers, Clyde and Earl Cromley.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, 39 Paradise St., Turbotville, where the funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Muncy Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions in his memory be made to his church at P.O. Box 277, Turbotville, PA 17772.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home, 207 Broadway St., Turbotville.