AUGUSTA, Ga. - John Franklin Kralemann, formerly of Chula Vista, Ca., passed away in the early morning on December 5th, 2014 at the age of 90, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., where he lived with his son David and his wife Christine. Frank was born December 15th, 1923 in Washington, D.C. His parents moved to San Diego when Frank was 7 years old. He grew up playing in Balboa Park, riding the merry-go-round, and swimming in Mission Valley when it was actually a valley. He attended Roosevelt Jr. High and graduated from San Diego High School in 1941 (and later from Southwestern College). He enlisted in the Navy in January of 1942 and was a member of the original Black Cat Squadron in WWII. As a radioman he flew many, many dangerous missions to pick up downed pilots in the Pacific. He was highly decorated, receiving many medals. He was stationed in many places, but his final assignment was in San Diego, beginning in 1960. He was stationed at Brown Field, North Island and finally at Ream Field. He retired from the Navy in 1972 from Ream Field as a Lt. Commander. He married Frances Lummus in 1944 and together they had two sons, John Jr. and David. He was an avid San Diego Chargers and Padres fan. Frank was an excellent cribbage player and he enjoyed playing Bingo several times a week for years and had many Bingo friends. Frank was a brilliant man and completed crossword puzzles and even Sudoku puzzles right up until his passing. He was a man of great integrity who lived a simple life and helped others always. He was a caring and loving father, husband, grandfather and friend. He is already dearly missed. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Eddie and Emma; his wife, Frances; and his oldest son, John Jr. Surviving Frank is his son, David; daughter, Rhonda; granddaughters, Wendy and Kristin; great-grandsons, Zachary and Dominic and daughter-in-law, Christine.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Dec. 12, 2014