Col. Frank E. Gramer, 71, of Warrington, died July 3, 2014, at Doylestown Hospital. He was born Aug. 6, 1942, in Carbondale, Pa., to Harry and Alice (Quinlan) Gramer. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary L. (Andrews) Gramer, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage. Frank is also survived by his daughters, Kathleen Wiley (Keith), Kristen Baker (Mark) and son, Michael (Lori); his five grandchildren, Kale and Keira Wiley, Ryan and Jason Baker and Emma Gramer; and his brother, Edward (Anne). He will be sorely missed by his family, relatives and many friends.
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Frank received his Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Scranton in 1964 and also received his commission in the Army through the ROTC program. He received his Master's of Public Administration from Temple University in 1973.
His military education includes the Defense Language Institute, the Army Command and General Staff College, National Defense University and the Army War College. Appointments and positions held during his career in the Army include district adviser in Vietnam and assistant professor of military science at Temple University. Other assignments included Ft. Carson, Colo., Ft. Gulick, Panama, Philadelphia, Pa., and El Salvador. Frank retired from the military at Ft. Dix, N.J., in 1988 as the director of Plans, Training & Mobilization. Awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute Badge, four awards of the Bronze Star Medal, one with V Device, three with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with eight Service Stars, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star.
Upon retiring from the military he worked in the insurance industry until retirement from Branca-Rampart Agency in 2009. Frank was an avid reader of military history and also enjoyed distance running, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
Frank's funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 856 Euclid Ave., Warrington. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, Pa.
Family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Shelly Funeral Home, 1460 Easton Road, Warrington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 North Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19123 or to Operation Gratitude, P.O. Box 260257 Encino, California 91426-0257.
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.shellyfuneralhomes.com.
Shelly Funeral Home
1460 Easton Rd Warrington, PA 18976
Published in Scranton Times on July 7, 2014