Orville S. Crom

Jan. 10, 1939 –  June 18, 2022


Orville Steven Crom, 83, of Kenesaw, died June 18, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Orville was born Jan. 10, 1939, in Tekamah, to Charles “Dorman” and Daisy Eunice (Brown) Crom. He grew up in Decatur and received his education at Decatur Public Schools. He entered the United States Army on June 27, 1962, serving until he was honorably discharged on June 26, 1964. He was united in marriage to Virginia Mae Jones on July 31, 1960, in West Point, after which the couple lived in West Point where Orville was employed by Cumming County Rural Public Power as a lineman. He had also lived in Tillicum, Washington, during his draft service and in Seward, where he was employed by the Seward County Rural Public Power as a foreman and later the operations superintendent.  Between Cumming County and Seward County REAs, Orville served more than 40 years in the rural electric association. In retirement, the couple made Kenesaw home.

He was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association, Brothers of the Third Wheel, attended West Point Baptist Church and Seward Evangelical Free Church. He loved to fish, camp, spoil his grandchildren and play 10-point pitch with his family. One of his proud accomplishments was that from his humble beginnings during his time in West Point he built four houses while still working full time.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Virginia Crom; daughter, Michelle Crom; honorary daughters, Donna (Crom) Hinrickson and Robin Saatmann; granddaughter, Alandria Crom; honorary grandchildren, Joey Candelarie, Danielle Hinrickson Stratman and Sierra Hinrickson Cunningham. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Crom; honorary grandchild, Derek Candelarie; and nephew, Greg Saatmann. 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, at the Juniata Community Church with burial in the Kenesaw Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for later designation. Condolences may be left for the family online at http://www.apfelfuneralhome.com.