Cramer "Stretch" Wilborn (1922 - 2014)

Obituary
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Cramer "Stretch" Wilborn

Cramer "Stretch" Wilborn, 92 passed away March 27, 2014.

Cramer Wilborn was born in Bannister, VA on March 17th 1922 to the late Zorah Mitchell Wilborn and Florence Virginia Cramer Wilborn. He was married 61 years to the late Elsie Margaret (Hendrix) Wilborn, who passed away last year, April 6, 2013, age 83.

Stretch graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in December 1942 and went on to get his pilot's license from Feraldo's Flying Service in August 1948. He joined the Navy in September 1942, serving 20 years as an aircraft mechanic through WWII and the Korean War , before retiring a chief petty officer December 1964 on Whidbey Island, WA. He then served as a civilian at Whidbey Naval Air Station as head of the Jet Mechanics Lab from 1967 until he retired. Stretch also taught Airframes and Power-plants at Skagit Valley College.

Stretch logged thousands of hours of flight time in dozens of different aircraft, including his own Mooney Mite.

Stretch is survived by four children: Michael Kay Wilborn (Katherine Hale) of Woodinville, WA; Katherine Xina Barnes (David) of Jay, FL; Linda Kay Fritsch (David) of Bremerton, WA and David Cramer Wilborn (Jessica Prince) of Mercer Island, WA. He is also survived by three grandchildren; Michael Wright (Tracy), Jonathan Fritsch (Vanessa) and Rebecca Cain (Michael) and 9 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the National Naval Aviation Museum where a memorial in his name will honor his life achievements in aviation, and which he frequented in his last years, keeping his spirits up to the end. https://secure.qgiv.com/for/namfcim

The family would like to thank Bruce Barnett and Gretchen Shields of Granny Nannies for their care, comfort, love and patience.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2014
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