Eustace 'Gene' Cramer, 74, war veteran


Eustace Cramer, a retired Black & Decker Corp. manager and decorated World War II veteran, died Wednesday of lung disease at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 74 and lived in Timonium.

Known as Gene, Mr. Cramer retired as regional manager of Wisconsin Knife Works, a subsidiary of Black & Decker. He served 35 years with the firm.

Born in Morrisville, N.Y., he was a graduate of the State Teachers College of New York at Buffalo.

During World War II, he joined the Navy and was trained as a Marine Corps medic. He was assigned to landing vehicles at the first and third invasions of the Normandy beach. He was later assigned to the Pacific and participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima.

He received two Purple Heart medals. He also was awarded a commendation on the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994.

A sailing enthusiast, Mr. Cramer crewed in 1998 with the Pride of Baltimore II on a trip from San Francisco to San Diego.

He married Katherine "Kit" Kelly in 1951. She died in 1985. In 1995, he wed Julia Lacey, who survives him.

Funeral services were held yesterday.

He is also survived by two sons, Kelly Cramer of Boston and Timothy Cramer of Baltimore; three daughters, Colleen Barnes of Farmington Hills, Mich., Maggie Mundle of White Hall and Kate White of Roanoke, Va.; two brothers, Eugene Cramer of Ithaca, N.Y., and Roger Cramer of Atlanta; a sister, Inez Gillson of Morrisville, N.Y.; and 11 grandchildren.

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