James “Jim” Spencer Kromm, age 79 of Appleton, WI was welcomed into the loving arms of the Lord, surrounded by his family on March 10, 2023 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jim was born in Oshkosh, WI on January 9, 1944 to Elmond and Betty (Nelson) Kromm. He grew up the oldest of three children on a family farm in Fisk. He graduated from Omro High School in 1962 and attended college at UWO where he met the love of his life, Sue McKenny. Jim enlisted in the US Army in 1966 and was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany until his honorable discharge in 1969. Sue visited in the summer of 1967 where they were married and honeymooned in a tour of Europe. Jim stayed in Germany another year before returning home to his bride and finishing school. After graduating with a degree in finance, he worked as a state bank examiner for several years.
Jim’s main passion was Jesus and he shared that passion with others. He was an avid reader, always curious, and loved to learn. He was a long-time viewer and supporter of the Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Service. He looked forward to and loved attending the EAA AirVenture each year, watching the planes and talking with the pilots and fellow aviation enthusiasts. Jim loved his family and could be found visiting Idaho to see them or going to his local grandson’s sporting events, cheering them on.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sue; daughters, Robin (Nuri) and Julie (Nate); grandsons, Noah, Isaac, Easton, and Beckett; mother, Betty; siblings, Dennis (Darla) and Diane (Rick); as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended relatives, and dear friends. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Elmond.
A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, March 17 from 10-11 AM at Wichmann Tri-County Funeral Home, 1592 S. Oneida St, Menasha, WI 54952 followed by a memorial service at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin or the Wisconsin PBS in honor of Jim using the links below.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to ThedaCare Hospice, especially Claudia, Lorraine, and Nancy, for their passionate care of Jim and our family.
We hold dear our memories of you and although we will miss you, we rejoice with you that you are at peace and are in the presence and loving embrace of Jesus. We can’t wait to see you again.
Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/worlddownsyndromeday2023/
Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Service: https://pbswisconsin.org/donate/