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He will be remembered as a hardworking man, loyal friend and generous guy, who always had a helping hand to offer.
In 2010 La Verne was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare form of blood cancer.
Donald Wayne Cromwell was born July 16, 1931, one of seven kids born to Arthur and Martha (Lesmeister) Cromwell.
Problems with chemo left him with a decision; keep trying chemo or just go without it. Doctors expected him to live 2-3 years, but determination and stubbornness gave La Verne 5 years longer than the doctors predicted.
After graduating from Draper High School, Don worked on the farm until he was drafted in 1952 and served in the Army during the Korean War.
While serving as an Army Private, Don received a field promotion to Sergeant.
After a while, doctors told him, “Just keep doing what you’re doing, it’s working.”La Verne is survived by his wife, Carol, two daughters Julie (Jade) Schindler and Jill (Brad) Scott, and one son Adam (Kjersti-Helene) Ehlers, as well as eleven grandchildren: Hunter, Jesse, Ty, and Max Schindler, Skyler, Landen, Marina, Ashten, and Ember Scott, Aksel and Ella Ehlers, his sister Joyce (Willis) Houchin and in-laws Jeanie (Mo) Ohman, Cliff (Pat) Halverson, and Gary Halvorson. Myrtle Hattie Kenobbie was born September 22, 1917 near Reliance, SD, to Andrew and Mary (Krause) Kenobbie.
Eileen is survived by her daughter, Melanie (Steve) Forcum of Pueblo, CO; son, Rick (Crystal) Pendleton of Pueblo; brothers, Donald Kistler of Custer; Gene (Rita) Kistler of Brick, NJ; Patrick Kistler of Loveland, CO; Jerry (Lorna) Kistler of Chamberlain, SD; Richard (Barb) Kistler of Sarasota, FL; sister, Mary Lou Neville of North Glen, CO; five grandchildren, Justina (Sean), Kyle, Kenny, Aura (Jacob), Jessie and two great grandchildren, Sofie and Violet. As a young girl, she attended the rural country school.