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Robert Paul Romp, 81, of Excelsior Springs, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Mr. Romp was born Jan. 12, 1926 in Barrington, N.J., the son of Charles Herman and Bertha Wilhelmina (Romp) Romp. He married Kathleen VanBrookhoven on Aug. 25, 1950 in Barrington, N.J. She preceded him in death Jan. 14, 2000.
Mr. Romp was reared in New Jersey and was a 1944 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School in Camden, N.J. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a Radioman Third Class, receiving his honorable discharge May 18, 1946. He worked as a junior apprentice for the Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1940s and worked in the printing industry for several years. He worked for World Press and Chilton Publishing. Following his move to North Kansas City, he was employed by the Henry Wurst Printing Corporation until he retired in 1990. He worked as a greeter for Wal-Mart for five years. Mr. Romp was a member of the VFW, Poor Richards Guild and the I.O.O.F. He was an amateur rock hound, enjoyed photography and traveling.
Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. John Romp and his wife, Lila, of Excelsior Springs, and James Romp and his wife, Maria, of Cary, N.C.; two daughters, Kathleen Mitchel of Platte City, and Elaine Romp of Excelsior Springs; three grandchildren, Jonathon Romp and his wife, Sarah, Joel Romp, and Jennifer Mitchel; one great-granddaughter, Saydee Romp, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a special friend, Roma Marsh.
In addition to his wife, Kathleen, his parents, one brother, Charles and one sister, Bertha, preceded him in death.
A Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at 4 p.m. at the Rock Falls Baptist Church. Visitation and a reception will take place following the service.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs.