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Robert Lawrence Cromer
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Birth: May 1, 1920
Death: Mar. 17, 2007

HAINES CITY - Robert L. Cromer, 86, of Haines City passed away Thursday, March 15 at the home of his daughter, Bobbi Jean, after a long illness.

Well-loved and respected by all who knew him, Bob was a pillar of the community who devoted his time and talents in many capacities to many organizations, including the First United Methodist Church; Chamber of Commerce; Rotary; American Legion; Jaycees; and Heart of Florida Girl Scout Council. He also served as Haines City Mayor/Commissioner in 1955-1956, and was a founding member of the Heart of Florida Hospital Board of Directors.

After graduating from Haines City High School in 1938, he worked as an apprentice for the Haines City Herald and later served as its editor for 17 years. He then formed his own business, Cromer Printing, in 1971, and successfully operated it until 1988 when he sold it to his daughter, Bobbi Freeman.

In 1940 he joined the Civil Service as a control tower operator, and in 1941 he entered the U.S. Army Air Corp where he attained Grade 142 on Army GCT and where he completed Radio Mechanics & Operators School in the top 5% of his class. He then completed Air Gunnery School in Panama City, Florida, and served three years as an aerial radio instructor on B-24s and B-29s, and was accepted for air pilot training.

Among his most notable and proudest achievements are legislating the first post-war bond issue to repair city streets; charter member to raise funds for the HOF hospital; fundraising for the Girl Scouts; volunteer work for the Methodist Youth Fellowship;

Bob Cromer was born in Deland, Florida on May 1st, 1920, as the youngest of five children. The Cromer family moved to the Tower Lake area in 1921. In 1942 he married Jean Zolkos, and for the next 53 years they lived happily together before her passing in 1995. Bob later married Frances Bullock, and they lived in both Florida and North Carolina before her death in 2004.

Bob is survived by his only daughter, Bobbi Jean Freeman, and two grandchildren: Rob Freeman of Haines City and Jamie Malloy of Tampa, Florida. He is also survived by three step daughters: Sue Bass of Jacksonville, North Carolina; Carol Ann Patterson of Hoover, Alabama; Tricia Butler of Garner, North Carolina; plus many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by three bothers, Norris, Bill and Ray Cromer, and a sister, Lena.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00pm on Monday, March 19, at the First United Methodist Church of Haines City. Oak Ridge Funeral Care, Haines City in charge of arrangements.

The family requests that you send your memorial contributions to any of the following three organizations: Heart of Florida Girl Scout Council; First United Methodist Women of Haines City; Sunshine Foundation. Personal memories and correspondence with the family should be sent to: Post Office Box 474, Haines City, FL 33845 or

Family links: 
  William Pascal Cromer (1876 - 1948)
  Carrie R Cromer (1882 - 1964)
  Jean Zolkos Cromer (1922 - 1995)*
  Norris Elton Cromer (1910 - 1983)*
  Ray E Cromer (1916 - 2003)*
  Robert Lawrence Cromer (1920 - 2007)
*Calculated relationship
Forest Hill Cemetery
Haines City
Polk County
Florida, USA
Maintained by: Doug Cromer
Originally Created by: Emily (Fairlamb) Parker
Record added: Mar 14, 2010
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Robert Lawrence Cromer
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