John Roger Tromburg, 86, of Middleton, Idaho was born Sept. 21, 1931 in Innisfail, Alberta, Canada to Mary and Rev. Henry Tromburg. When John was 10 years of age the Family moved to Dickenson, North Dakota, then on to Oaks, N.D. where Henry pastored.
Next, the family moved to Nampa, Idaho, but John stayed in Oakes with a family where he worked for room and board. It was in Oaks where John went to high school and felt at home.
After school John drove his model A to Nampa where he enrolled at NNC (NNU). It was here in 1951 where he met his wife to be, Blanche Delzell, and they were married in August of 1952. Five weeks after the wedding, John was drafted into the US Army. After basic training, John served in the 6th Army bagpipe band, stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco. John was naturalized as a US Citizen on Feb 15th, 1955.
When John was discharged from the service, he and Blanche moved to Eagle, Idaho. He worked at odd jobs like bucking bails of hay and Zamzows feed store, where he learned the feed business. Soon he was able to purchase his own mobile feed grinder and saw the benefits of steam rolled grain. He spent many hours designing his own steam roller. To compliment his work on the farms, he began buying wheat from the farmers and shipping the wheat to the coast. His business grew until he had 3 mobile mills, three long distance trucks, and one local truck. He then purchased a grain storage and feed store in Middleton.
After he sold his company, he took a job driving long distance for TCT, hauling trusses, brick, and steel. He enjoyed driving but he did not like leaving Blanche, and always asked for the trip back to Boise. John drove one million miles over 10 years for TCT and won a safety award from the company. With God’s protection and help, he safely drove over two million miles.
When John retired, he started a sprinkler install and repair business. He loved keeping the church and Trinity Pines Camp green, as well as friends and family yards. He worked through fall of 2017 at the age of 86, and even mowed his own acreage a couple times this spring.
John loved all of his work, but his Church and Family meant the most to him. John was the minister of music at the Eagle Church of the Nazarene for nearly 40 years and used to lead the congregational songs while playing his saxophone from the pulpit.
He spent many years on the church board, teaching Sunday School, and worked with the young people, taking them on fun social events. Nazarene night at the Roller-Drome was especially fun for John as he always competed in the race and he made sure to win so he could get free tickets for his family for the following month! He also played basketball on the Eagle church team. John always had fun no matter what he did!
John leaves behind, his wife of 65 years, Blanche Tromburg and three daughters; Bonnie Cline, Kathy Edmondson, and Tammy Waterman.
He has two granddaughters, Erika Zappa and Stacie Michael, two great granddaughters, Shyanne Caward, and Maddison Hokanson, and one great, great grandson, Asher Ray Caward.
John is survived by three brothers, Earl, Stanley, and Edger Tromburg, and one sister, Pearl Kreps, their spouses, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. John was proceeded in death by his parents, Mary and Henry, and four siblings, Herman and Clarence Tromburg, Violet Johnson – McCombs and Grace Pettis-Brewster.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 3rd from 6-8:00pm at Cloverdale Funeral Home.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Eagle Nazarene Church Thursday, July 5th at 1:00pm with a short reception following. A graveside service will be held at Cloverdale Cemetery at 3:30pm.
Donations in John's honor may be made to Trinity Pines, Care of Rick Waitley, sent to 55 S.W. 5th Ave., Suite #100, Meridian, Idaho, 83642.