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Leroy Lewis Krohmer passed away Tuesday, March 21st with his family by his side in Norman after an extended illness. He was born one of six sons and one daughter to William and Lois Krohmer on April 3, 1930 in the Little Axe-Pink area, which was known at the time as Little River Township. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 615 E. Robinson Street in Norman, with Ken Ellis officiating. Viewing will be held Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McMahan Funeral Home, 616 S. 8th, in Noble.

He married the love of his life and best friend, Rosalie McClure on September, 24, 1949. They had been married over 67 years and had three children, a son Larry Krohmer, daughter Vicki Rider, and son Dustin Krohmer. They have five grandchildren, Gabe Krohmer, Travis and TomiDee Rider, and twin granddaughters Morgan and Katelynn Krohmer. He was a kind and giving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.

Leroy worked at the City of Norman's Fleet Maintenance division as a mechanic for over seventeen years. Leroy and Rosalie also started the Thunderbird Stables at Lake Thunderbird in the mid-1960s and then sold it in 1969. Later he started his own real estate company, Town and Country Realty. In 1983, Leroy was elected District 3 Cleveland County Commissioner and served faithfully to 1986 and again from 1991 to 2006. He spent his entire life in Cleveland County and was proud to help and work for the citizens of Cleveland County. He served as chairman of the County Board of Commissioners and received many honors during his term including the Oklahoma Flood Plain Manager's Association Public Official of the Year in 1995 and the Distinguished Democrat award in 2008. He had a record of improving roads, the county fairgrounds and county buildings, all in his district. He was an active supporter of the Women's Resource Center, Cleveland County Youth and Family Services, CASA, Juvenile Services, and was an FFA Alumni Life Member. Leroy always looked forward to having his well-known annual Christmas lunch at the County barn for all of the County employees, retirees and their families.

Leroy enjoyed spending time with his friends at the local coffee shops, mowing his acreage and restoring old vehicles.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, sister, and daughter Vicki. He is survived by his wife Rosalie, son Larry and wife Donis Krohmer of Katy, Texas, son-in-law Tommy Rider of Norman, and Dustin Krohmer and wife Suzanne Krohmer of Norman, grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in his name.

Published on March 22, 2017
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