Charles F. Kammer

February 7, 1935December 11, 2020

Charles F. Kammer , 85, passed away from COVID on Dec. 11, 2020

Charles was predeceased by his parents Franklin R. Kammer and Marie M. Stumpfel. He was beloved husband of D. Jean Kammer (nee Miedel) , devoted father of sons: Michael Kammer and his wife Sandy, David Kammer and his wife Shelly, Brian Kammer and stepdaughters Vicki Torgalski and Kristi Waston, loving grandfather of Brandon Kammer, Amanda Vojvoda, and Devin Kammer, great grandchildren Lillian, Isaac, Grayson, and Miles. He is survived by his brother Frank Kammer and his wife Anna Mae and sister Marie Saunders wife of Albert Wesley Saunders along with many nieces and nephews.

Charlie graduated from Patterson Park High school in 1955. He worked over 50 years in biomedial research sales and retired from Allentown Equipment Company. He was a member of AALAS (American Assoc of Lab Animal Research) for 40+ years where he held various positions including President and Treasurer. He was a member of the Optimist Club of Dundalk for 30+ years and held the office of Lieutenant Governor and President. He was the co-founder of DCAM (Drum Corps Affiliates of Maryland) and USARD (United States Assoc of Rudamental Drummers. He was inducted into the Maryland Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame in 2004. He was an active member of the Yankee Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps for 50+ years where he held the office of President and Treasurer.

A Memorial Service is being planned for the spring of 2021.

During his career, Charlie was deeply moved during his frequent sales calls to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. His family requests that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be directed to St. Jude, in the name of Charles Kammer. The St Jude’s e-card should be directed to Jean Kammer at If mailing, the address is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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Debbie Darcy

December 20, 2020

My deepest heartfelt condolences to Jean and family, the Yankee Rebel Family and all who love and revere him for our profound and tragic loss. Such a kind humble, soft spoken, altogether lovely man. Always bustling about tending to so very many behind-the-scenes details, rehearsing or getting ready to perform or skillfully photographing others’ performances. You can sense and see his appreciation for musicians’ efforts and the musicians themselves in those photographs. A friend to all, quick with a greeting and to support encourage and compliment a job well done. Oh ... and may we never forget the charming twinkle in his eye, his smile and his shaking his head with quiet amusement when the drum corps crowd swirling around him got raucous. He made the world, our world, the world of all who love him, a far better place, and the world isn’t quite the same with and since his passing.

Kathy Cogan

December 17, 2020

Jean and family, I was so shocked to hear of Charlie’s passing. Looking back I have such fine memories of Charlie and the good times we all had at meetings. I lost Jack the end of October. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. We have our memories to keep them with us. Take care. Kathy

norman guilloud

December 15, 2020

"Choo Choo" Charlie was his name.. He did it all just the same...entertain...card tricks...stories....always everyone's best friend...Denise and I are so very sad today as we just found out about your passing....We are thinking of you Jean....Good Bye my Friend....We will see you on the other side.....norman and denise guilloud

Anne McGrath

December 14, 2020

Charlie will be missed. He always had a smile on his face and a camera in his hand when I saw him. My prayers go out to Jean and the family.

John Coiro

December 14, 2020

Thank you for your kindness and dedication to the biomedical research industry .Charlie was an exceptional sales person and a true gentleman . I am so thankful you were able to visit with us in Baltimore at the 2018 AALAS meeting . It was an honor to be your host.

John Coiro
Allentown , LLC

William A McGrath Jr.

December 14, 2020

Being with Charlie from 1969 to 71 in the Yankee Rebels and later in the APRDC and USARD he had a bigger than life personality. He was a story teller, a jokester and always fun to be around. God bless you old friend and may you be in heaven a half hour before anyone here knew you had left us here. Rest in peace.

Scott Schriver

December 14, 2020

As a 25 year old rookie starting in the industry Charlie took me under his wing and was a true mentor. He will be missed. My condolences to the entire family.

Wilma Rutter

December 14, 2020

So sorry, my condolences to Jean and family

Debbie Connelly

December 14, 2020

I met Mr Charlie from my dad bones .He is a great man sorry to hear about a another yankee rebels

Kristi Watson

December 13, 2020

Im so terribly grief-stricken over the loss of my stepfather Charlie to Covid-19. Always the entertainer, I'll never forget his train whistle imitation, the card and magic tricks, picture snapping, and of how he brought joy to so many! My sister even nicknamed him Charlie Chuckles. We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful stepfather. He loved my mother and would always ask me "Isn't your mother beautiful?". They had a beautiful life and we have beautiful memories to always cherish. In between tears, Mom said he's up in heaven with his drum corps buddies... and he's probably organizing the whole group!