Vonell E. Krom, 78

Vonell E. Krom, 78, of rural Roann, died at 11:14 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at Parkview Randallia Hospital  in Fort Wayne. 

He was born Oct. 20, 1938, in Wabash, to Norris and Grace L. (Williams) Krom.

Vonell was a 1956 graduate of Roann High School, and attended Purdue University one year.  He married Louella Wolfe at the Roann First Brethren Church on June 17, 1967.  He was a farmer, had worked at Kerlin Motor Company and Kerlin Tractor Sales in Silver Lake, had operated his own repair shop (Krom's Pit Stop Shop) and most recently owned and operated Mom & Pop's Antiques and Collectibles in Roann.  He was a long time member of the Roann First Brethren Church, Roann Lions Club, the Roann Covered Bridge Association, Inc, and a former 4-H leader.  He was a member of the National Antique Tractor Pulling Association (NATPA) and was a four-time national champion. Among Vonell's most treasured times were those of pulling his antique Ford tractor with Von and Kale.  He was definately a "Ford" man. The greatest tribute to Vonell would be to attend the church of your choice learning about Jesus. 

He is survived by his wife, Louella Krom of Roann; two children, Tina McWhirt of Churubusco, and Von A. (Kerry) Krom of Flora; son-in-law, Floyd D. McWhirt of North Manchester; six grandchildren, Floyd A. (Lauren) McWhirt and Chad (Rachael) McWhirt, both of Wabash, Erica (Josh) Langston of Churubusco, Jamee McWhirt of Wabash, Grace Marie Krom and Kale Vonell Krom, both of Flora, 10 great-grandchildren, and his brother, Russell (Marie) Krom of Roann. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Roann First Brethren Church, 240 W. Allen St., Roann, with Pastor David Lantz officiating.  Burial will be in Roann Community Cemetery, Roann.  Friends may call 2-6 p.m. Sunday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel, 335 S. Chippewa Road, Roann.

Preferred memorial is Roann Covered Bridge Association or Roann First Brethren Church.

The memorial guest book for Vonell may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Aug 24