Gerald John Chromey

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Gerald John Chromey, “Jerry,” was born on Nov. 16, 1943 to Norbert and Lucille (Garvin) Chromey in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

Jerry graduated from Grey Eagle High School in 1962. He entered the military in December of 1962 where he served for three years, deployed to Germany where he drove trucks, and then upgraded to bus driver for the USO bands. He then transferred to Washington, D.C. and chauffeured officers around the Pentagon. At the end of his enlistment, he returned to Minnesota to start his truck-driving career. He had short bursts of time being a ranch hand, which led to more creative stories. Then his gypsy feet would call and off to truck driving he would go again. In May of 2017 his truck-driving career came to an end.

When he wasn’t working, he would spend time fishing, playing accordion and telling stories with family and friends. He enjoyed telling stories of the Army, truck driving, cattle, his kids and friends.

Jerry is survived by his children, Kris Stivers, Minot, North Dakota; Kathy Chromey (Derek Wise), Lewistown; and Keith (Josie) Chromey, Lewistown; grandchildren Nicole (Christian) Riestad, Natalie Stivers, Aaron Wise, Katie Wise, Cutler Chromey and Jacey Chromey; brothers Richard Chromey, Browerville, Minnesota, Dean (Helen) Chromey, Browerville, Minnesota; John (Jeanne) Chromey, Fall Creek, Wisconsin; Mark (Kris) Chromey, Alexandria, Minnesota; sisters Diane (Alto) Finken, Cold Spring, Minnesota; Sharon Chromey, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; Beverly Messinger, Little Falls, Minnesota; Kay Chromey, Aurora, Colorado; brothers-in-law Isadore Mallak, Sr., and Robert Henrich; plus many nieces and nephews.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Lucille Chromey; sisters Janet Mallak, Colleen Henrich and Holly Chromey with her two children, Katie and Jerrod Zapzalka; and brother-in-law Robert Messinger.

Services were held at the Chippewa Lutheran Church in Brandon, Minnesota on Aug. 27.

Jerry’s family would like to give special thanks to Mike and Lisa Hynes for taking care of Jerry in his final days. The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and special acts of kindness. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated during this difficult time, and will forever be remembered.

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