Billy W. Cromer

May 6, 2020


Billy Wayne Cromer, age79, of Bear, Delaware, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 6, at home surrounded by his family, in Middletown, DE. 

Billy was born in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, in 1941, to Roscoe Elmer Cromer and Nannie Robinson Cromer.  At age 18, he moved to Gary, Indiana and began working at a steel mill.  While living in Gary, he met Janice Jean Miller. They married in 1961 and had five children; Ricky, Debbie, Susan, Brian, and Rodney.    In 1971, they moved to Wilmington, DE where he worked for Anchor Motor Freight until his retirement in 2004. 

Billy was active in the Odd Fellows and belonged to the Rebecca Lodge 5. He was also a proud Teamster of the Local 326.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles and belonged to the Teamsters Horsemen Club.  In his retirement, Billy enjoyed spending time at his home in Kentucky and spending his winters in Florida.   His other hobbies included gardening and yard work, cleaning his vehicles, traveling, and visiting local farmer’s markets in search of fresh fruit.  In fact, he could often be seen at the New Castle Farmer’s Market eating pizza and shooting the breeze with his retired friends.  His family and friends will fondly remember Billy’s laughter and quick sense of humor. 

Billy is preceded in death by his parents Roscoe and Nannie, his loving wife, Jean Cromer, his son, Ricky Cromer, his daughter, Debbie Rodriguez, and his great grandson, Felix Alonzo.  He is survived by his daughter, Susan Walton, his son, Brian Cromer, his son, Rodney and his wife Amy Cromer, his daughter-in-law, Sharon Cromer, 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, his siblings, Betty Butcher, Annette Townsley, Bobbie Camm, Hope Moore, Dennis Haring, Elmer Cromer, and Rebecca Strotman, as well as many any other family members and friends in Delaware, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Florida.

Billy will forever be in our hearts and will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Helen Graham Cancer Center in Billy’s honor.  The family would like to add a special thank-you to the doctors and nurses at Christiana Care/Helen Graham Center for their amazing care of Billy throughout his illness. 

Due to the circumstances, his funeral will be private.  A celebration of Billy’s life will follow at a later date. 

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