Former Steamboat Springs resident Edwin Simpson "Shorty" Cromer died March 24, 2005, in his home after a long illness. He was 77.
Shorty was born Sept. 24, 1927, in Tryon, N.C., to John S. and Ruth Cromer. He was raised and attended school in Tryon.
Shorty joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 15 and served his country for the next three years. After his time in the service, Shorty finished high school and worked in power-line construction.
Shorty married Virginia Long on July 16, 1955, in Hot Sulphur Springs. Shortly after their marriage, Shorty formed his own power-line construction company. The couple lived in Kansas, Montana, Utah and various Colorado towns, including Steamboat Springs. They settled in Craig and operated their company from there for 32 years.
Shorty was passionate about his work, which was like a hobby to him. He joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Craig and was active in that organization, serving in its various offices after being involved in its activities for many years.
Shorty was preceded in death by his parents, sister Evelyn Knoll, brothers David and Ben, daughter Darlene Vasquez and two grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Viriginia Cromer, of Craig; three daughters, Waynetta Newsom and her husband, Bobby, of Pueblo, Cheryl Beck and her husband, Roger, of Enid, Okla., and Cynthia Arnett and her husband, Tom, of Post Falls, Idaho; two sons, Darrell Ray Cromer and his wife, Yong, and John Cromer, both of Craig; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lillian Waltah of Kemph, Fla.
A service was held March 31, 2005, at the First Christian Church in Craig. Memorial donations may be made to The Memorial Hospital ambulance service in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig CO 81625.