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Wilder Funeral Home

4890 South Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL

OBITUARY

Paul W. Cramer

April 4, 1948October 5, 2019

Paul W Cramer passed away peacefully October 5, 2019 at the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa, FL.

Paul was born April 14, 1948 to Lester and Mable (Fitzroy) Cramer in Lancaster PA. Family meant a great deal to him including (but not limited to!) his wife Jean (Deese), with whom he recently celebrated 50 years of marriage, his daughter Erin Cramer-Schoch and her husband Jim, his beloved cats Aubrey, Jasper and Chester, but most especially his granddaughter Olivia Haug. Paul and Jean took Liv on numerous trips over the years visiting thirty-one states, sharing many laughs (often over something inappropriate), acquiring a love of “the west” and creating memories to last a lifetime.

Like many Vietnam veterans, Paul rarely spoke of his time overseas but proudly wore his Vietnam Veteran baseball cap whenever he left the house! He was a decorated veteran of the war and graduate of OCS, having made the choice to enlist in the US Army after graduating from Lampeter-Strasburg High School in 1966. Also, like many vets, he received care through the veteran’s hospital system, first at the Lebanon VA Medical Center and then James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa. The staff at both facilities, from doctors and nurses to shuttle drivers and valets, provided wonderful care and compassion that Paul (and his family) greatly appreciated.

It is important to include that in addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his daughter Kristen and brother Lester whose daughters and their families always made Paul laugh… A lot!

Memorial donations may be made in Paul’s honor to Liberty War Birds Assoc, 500 Airport Rd, Ste T, Lititz PA 17543 or www.k9sforwarriors.org. Also, please honor his memory by providing a random act of kindness to someone of your choosing.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Paul will be interred at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell FL. Arrangements entrusted to Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, Florida www.wilderfuneral.com

Services

15 November

Military Honors

11:00 am

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Jeff Merryman

October 10, 2019

My condolences to all of Paul's family. I got to work with Paul for 7 1/2 years at Peach Bottom and about 6 years at the Conowingo Dam, he was a good person to work with and a hard worker. I enjoyed a lot of conversations about the Civil War with Paul. He and I both enjoyed meals at the South Mountain House, on the edge of Frederick County Maryland, over a number of years on trips to Battle fields and historical places. Paul is missed I am sure in both the North and the South.

Chip n Pam Moore

October 9, 2019

Chip n Pam Moore
We worked with Paul at Conowingo Dam. Such a gentleman n all around good guy.

Bill WATSON

October 9, 2019

So sorry to hear about Paul's passing. We worked together at Peach Bottom for several years. We were actually in combat in the same battle in Vietnam and never knew it until years later. You have found Peace Paul. Be at Rest, my friend.

Mike Weaver

October 9, 2019

May you rest in peace Paul. You were one of the finest men I have had the pleasure to know and call my friend. You will remain my friend until we meet again and get the chance to talk Civil War issues from both sides of the line. Jean, Erin and Olivia, please accept my deepest sympathies. we have lost an honored veteran and a man who excelled at whatever he put his hand to. Please know I am always here for you all.

Bill Mankin

October 9, 2019

Dear Jean and Family:

Doris and I were very sorry to learn of Paul's passing. Please accept our heart felt sympathy. We are sorry that during the years we lost track of you and Paul. When we were "hanging" around the fire company, we did have a lot of laughs.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY