Robert Krom


Robert “Bob” Paul Krom, 72 of Lake 5, Dawson, ND passed away Saturday, August 19th at his lake cabin following a long illness.  Memorial services will be on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home.

Robert Paul Krom was born on March 3, 1951, to Peter Paul Krom and Dorothy (Theison) Krom in Cavalier Co., ND.  Bob Attended school in Nekoma, ND graduating from high school in 1969.  He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1973.

Robert Paul Krom married Karan O’Connell in Minnewauken, ND on March 3, 1973. Bob enjoyed his twenty-year career as an electrical design engineer in Bismarck, ND at Basin Electric headquarters.  Bob then started his own business, “Honey Doo Relief” in Bottineau County.  Bob served on various boards and counsels in Bismarck, ND, Willow City, ND, and Sun City, AZ.

Bob enjoyed woodworking, mechanics, and restoration work.  He designed and built three of his family’s homes.

Bob’s children and his grandchildren were his greatest pride and joy.

Following retirement he enjoyed eight years of winters in Sun City, AZ, and summers at his cabin in ND.  Bob never tired of his Wednesday day trips to destinations in numerous state and national parks throughout the southwestern United States.

Robert Paul Krom is survived by his wife of fifty years, Karan, his sons, Robert Joseph (Lisa) Krom, Justin Paul (Laurie) Krom, William Wilson Krom; daughter, Ashley Angel Krom; grandsons, Robert Krom, Parker Krom, Jack Gibson, and Charlie Gibson; granddaughters, Chelsa Krom and Ella Krom.  He is also survived by his sister, Theresa Lang and brother, Donald Krom.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Dorothy Krom and a toddler sister, Shirley.

In lieu of plants and flowers memorials are preferred to the Bismarck Cancer Center.

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Sad to read of Robert’s death. We were 1st cousins and spent many family holidays together. I remember your wedding. The last time I saw him was at his mother’s funeral. He had a successful life. I believe I saw a picture of one of his houses which was with a lot of glass on a paper. I won’t be able to come to the service because of a medical procedure. We extend our deepest condolences. May God bless you all.

Our sincere sympathies Karan and family. May Bob rest in peace.

I was a foster daughter of the Kroms many years ago in the 80s. I have never forgotten the love shared in that home or the joy that was so freely given. I am saddened to hear of this death and my condolences to everyone from my family to all of yours.


It took me a moment but I did find my old photo album and many many photos. These are my two favorite. The first says Daddy and Kelly 1985 on the back. The second has everyone else with beautiful smiles except the little girl. I cannot imagine what I was like as a foster child. It is probably why my husband and I are foster parents. It is a grueling and difficult job and I know now what was gone through. I hope this message gets through to the boys and Karen. Know that I have always loved you all even though I was only there for a blink of time. Time in my formative years that I truly appreciate. Please reach out if desired.


Karan & Families, so very sorry to hear of Bob ‘s death .

I’m so sorry to hear of you loss Rob. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.