Albert Carl Tromm (a.k.a. “Big Al“), 74, of Pomeroy, Ohio passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Fairhope Hospice and Palliative Care (Pickering House) in Lancaster Ohio from complications due to liver failure.
He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Gertrude Tromm, and a son, Philip, in 2010.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marjorie Elaine, whom he married on April 25, 1964.
He leaves behind a son, Michael Tromm of Stanford, Kentucky; a daughter, Alison (Jeff) Houtz of Albany, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Kim Tromm, of California, Kentucky; a daughter, Natalie (Will) Tevis of Athens, Ohio; a daughter, Marjorita (Jared) Dean of Athens, Ohio; a son, Carl (Barbara) Tromm of Pomeroy, Ohio and a son, Clayton (Kimberly) Tromm, of Pomeroy, Ohio, along with 10 grandchildren: Alannah, Morgan, Charles, Ryan, Katelyn, Jordan, Weston, Melaina, Samuel & Chloe and 3 step grandchildren, Ryan, Adrienne & Caleb Tevis.
He also leaves behind four siblings: Judy (Paul) Beans of Madison, Ohio; Janice (Willie) Auble of Chardon, Ohio; Charles (Konnie) Tromm of Painesville, Ohio; and Richard (Geri) Tromm of Florida and many nieces and nephews.
Al was born on October 5, 1943 and grew up in Chardon, Ohio. He graduated from Chardon High School in 1961 and married his sweetheart at age 20.
He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1964. In the early 1970s, he moved his young family to southern Ohio, finally settling in Rutland, Meigs County, to help with the Middleport, Ohio congregation. He served as a ministerial servant and an elder for many years.
He and Marjorie raised seven children in Meigs County and persevered with life here, despite economic hardships. He was always a very hard worker and performed a variety of odd jobs to care for his family’s financial needs. He did a little bit of everything to make that possible from selling candy and tires to mowing grass and hand digging graves at the local cemetery, to cutting timber, and then starting Tromm Construction, a home building and remodeling company. In 1993, he started what was to become a second generation business in Pomeroy, Ohio – Quality Window Systems, Inc. – which was taken over by his sons, Carl and Clayton, at his retirement.
He loved building, remodeling and operating heavy equipment. He was also known for his generosity – using his time, money and talents, helping on building projects and supporting missionaries and others who devoted their lives to full time sacred service.
One of his favorite things to do was making delicious pizza for his family and friends (at least four times a week). It ended up being dubbed “Grandpa’s Pizza“ and it is unequaled – many have tried, many have failed.
He maintained his sense of humor, even up till the time of his death. His favorite joke to tell was:
Doctor: “I have some bad news and some worse news.”
Patient: “Ok, what’s the bad news?”
Doctor: “You only have 24 hours to live.”
Patient: “That’s terrible news! What could be worse than that?”
Doctor: “I tried to reach you yesterday.”
A memorial service will be held at the Middleport Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses July 15 at 2 p.m. with James Thomas officiating. Interment will be at Rock Springs Cemetery, Pomeroy, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, you may donate to JW.org or Pickering House @https://fairhopehospice.org
Cremation will be cared for by Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home, Pomeroy, Ohio.