WILLARD JOSEPH CRAMER Willard Joseph "Bill" Cramer passed away on August 1, 2014 at noon at his home in Spring, Texas. He was born in Marion, Ohio on December 28, 1922 and moved to Akron, Ohio during the Depression. He is preceded in death by his parents, Delmar Cramer and Grace Strine Cramer and by his only brother, Richard Cramer. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years; Gladys Silva Cramer, his three children Michael Cramer, Tere Schonert, William Cramer, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
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In 1940, Bill joined the United States Army and after a brief stint in the Calvary, he joined the Army Air Corps. Bill served as a Lieutenant in the 12th Air Force stationed in Italy, flying reconnaissance P-38s. Bill earned a number of medals for his combat duty and in his later years, recounted many stories to his children and grandchildren. A member of the Greatest Generation, World War 2 and the Great Depression molded him into a good, resourceful, self-sufficient man who placed family above all else.
After the war, Bill attended Kent State University in Ohio and graduated with a degree in Geology and then went graduate school at L.S.U. After college, Bill went to work for the U.S. Geological Survey on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and then in Iceland. After three years, Bill began work as a petroleum exploration geologist, with Amoco and Superior Oil, in a career that spanned six decades and four continents. Bill was instrumental in opening the Teak field in Trinidad in the 1960s and 1970s. While in his 70s, Bill was drilling for oil in Bulgaria as one of the first American oilmen in the former Soviet Bloc nations.
In retirement, Bill enjoyed travel with Gladys to numerous places and, above all, he enjoyed time with his grandchildren. He will be remembered as a caring man and a role model to his children, grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In his 80s, he suffered kidney failure which led to 10 years of dialysis and contributed to his passing.
The family will receive friends and family from 5-8pm, Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Klein Funeral Home-Champions. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Klein Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, 9714 FM-2920, Tomball, TX 77375.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the
Klein Funeral Home - Champion Forest
16131 Champion Forest Drive Spring, TX 77379
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 3, 2014