Robert George Tronge Obituaries

-James Hoyt

-Robert George Tronge

-Steven Robert Zoromsky

-Donald A. Burke

-Robert Tronge

-Robert Gene Hanlon


James Hoyt J

James Hoyt J. 6/26/1950 - 4/11/2016 Kalamazoo Age 65, passed away April 11, 2016.

A celebration of Jims' life will be held on Saturday (July 30) 11:30 AM at Milwood Little League (Lover's Lane entrance).

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jim Hoyt Scholarship Fund C/O Milwood Little League, P.O. Box 2786; Kalamazoo, MI 49003. Please visit Jim's personal web page at, where you can archive a favorite memory or photo of him and sign his online guestbook. Arrangements by Life Story Funeral Homes, Betzler Kalamazoo; 6080 Stadium Drive (269-375-2900).

Robert George Tronge

Robert George Tronge, of Grand Rapids Michigan, kicked the bucket on the 22nd of December, 2016, when his tired and worn out body finally gave out at age 37.

He lasted longer than the doctors thought he would after his three-way heart bypass back in 1999. Rosie, his wife of 11 years, reminded him how lucky he was to have those extra years with his child and then later with his 2 grandchildren.

Unfortunately, he got dementia shortly after his operation and ended up with a bunch of other health problems in his later years. Though he beat the odds more times over the past few years, time finally did him in. He passed on between one breath and the next with Rosie and his youngest daughter Emily at his side.

Robert Tronge often complained to Rosie and his daughter, Emily, that they "should just take him out back, smack him, and dump him in a big hole." Though once in a while they were tempted, they never actually considered doing it. Instead they worked hard in their own way to keep him always safe and healthy and living at home for as long as they could. They did their best to make his last years very good ones - without a lot of extra help from him.

Since Robert Tronge never liked a crowd, there won't be special services held, but later this fall he will get his final wish when all the family gets together to put his ashes in a big hole out back while we remember the good days together, such as how he loved to travel the world and go on many camping trips, the way he made sure his kids knew their way around basic household maintenance, how he served his country in the U.S. Navy and came home to build his own home on the farm, where he was born and raised and later passed away.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Service.



Steven Robert Zoromsky

Steven Robert Zoromsky 5/14/1949 - 7/2/2016 Austin, TX On July 2nd 2016, Steve passed away at St David's Hospital in Austin, TX. He was 67 years old. Steve was born in Burlington, WI on May 14th 1949. He was the first of three sons of Marie (Menheer) and Bruno Zoromsky. Steve went to Haines City Senior High School where he excelled in both academics and athletics. He went on to play basketball on scholarship at the University of West Georgia. While at West Georgia, he was drafted to the US Army where he served in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces. Steve worked hard and overcame much adversity going on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Robotics from ITT Tech and then on to receive an MBA from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. Steve found the "redhead with freckles" he had been looking for and married Linda (Wheatley) Zoromsky at Sacred Heart in Watson Township on September 25th 1982. Steve and Linda have two children, Drew and Ann. Steve worked for Consumers Energy in Grand Rapids, MI for ten years before moving to the Lower Colorado River Authority in Austin, TX in 1996. He retired from the LCRA in 2012 as a Sr. Regulatory Analyst. Steve was on the Board of the UTC, and also enjoyed the challenge of day trading. He was known by all as an avid golfer and spent much of his free time at the Onion Creek Country Club in Austin, TX. His priority above all else was to provide a good life for his family. He was an incredibly intelligent and driven man who worked hard to provide. Steve could be very generous, engaging, funny and protective of those he loved. Steve was survived by his wife Linda Zoromsky, children Drew Zoromsky and Ann (Toby) Moenke as well as his brother Howard (Rose) Zoromsky. Steve is also survived by four nieces: Jaymie, Virginia, Mary and Sara. Steve was preceded in death by his brother Jerry Zoromsky and his parents Marie and Bruno Zoromsky. A memorial service will be held on August 6th at 10am at the Sacred Heart Church (2036 20th St Allegan, MI 49010). There will also be a Celebration of Life on July 19th from 4pm to 7pm at the personal residence of 1608 Elmhurst Dr Austin, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The First Tee of Greater Austin at or mailed to The First Tee of Greater Austin at 5501 Ed Bluestein Blvd Austin, TX 78723. Condolences may be sent to:
Donald A. Burke 3/15/1933 - 9/20/2015

Donald A. Burke of Lake Placid, FL, previously of Gobles, MI, went to be with his Lord on 9/20/2015.

A service to celebrate Don's life will take place on July 30, 2016, at 11:00 AM in Cheshire Township at the Lindsley Cemetary.

Friends and family are encouraged to attend.


Robert Gene Hanlon 3/16/1935 - 5/29/2016 Brentwood, CA Robert Gene Hanlon of Brentwood, CA passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at home. He was 81. He was the son of Russell Edward and Helen Gertrude Hanlon, born in Grand Rapids, MI and raised in nearby Wayland. He graduated Wayland High School in 1953 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Packaging, Michigan State University in 1957 at which time he also earned an AFROTC commission. Following flight training in Oklahoma in the summer of 1956, Robert married Judith Arlene Peffley. They were married for nearly 60 years. Robert "Bob" served his Air Force Commission at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH for 3 years. In 1960 Bob began an enduring career with Dow Chemical Company, in early years designing plastic and foam packaging components in Midland, MI; then marketing pharmaceuticals in Northern CA and finally engineering pharmaceutical packaging in Indianapolis, IN. In 1983 he joined LifeScan (Johnson & Johnson) in Palo Alto, CA and led product package engineering projects until he retired in 2000. He resided in Pleasanton, Sonora, and Twain Harte, before moving to Brentwood, CA in 2007. His love of Flight and Amateur Radio were lifelong pursuits. In recent years, Bob led volunteer efforts to maintain emergency radio "nets" and Ham Radio equipment for local hospitals in the CA East Bay. He enjoyed restoring antique Zenith radios to their former beauty and working condition. Genealogy research was another avid passion to the benefit of family. Bob is survived by his wife, Judy of Brentwood, his two children: Robert (& Anne) Hanlon of Pleasanton, CA and Patricia (& Keith) Teel of Southington, CT; and two grandchildren: Kayla & Bryson Teel. A brief graveside memorial will be conducted at the West Elmwood Cemetery, Wayland, MI Saturday, 10:00am on July 23, 2016 for family and friends. In his honor, in lieu of flowers, Bob would encourage donation, especially of blood, to the Red Cross, or to local blood banks as he was passionate about frequently donating his own blood for critical needs.