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Edwin O. Kramer Sr., 73, of Depew, who was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars for half a century, died Saturday (Oct. 4, 1997) in Veterans Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from School 62 and East High School. He worked in the spar mill at the Curtiss-Wright aircraft factory until 1943, when he joined the Army Corps of Engineers.

Stationed in England with the 440th Engineers Depot Company, he took part in the Normandy invasion, landing on Utah Beach and serving through the end of the war in Europe. He received five bronze battle stars.

He became a retail milk truck driver after the war, making home deliveries and sales for the Otto Miller and Jones Rich dairies until 1968.

After two years as an estimator for Mayflower Moving & Storage, he worked as a construction clerk for Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. during the building of Eastern Hills Mall and then worked there in maintenance. He was a maintenance worker at Delaware Towers from 1981 until he retired in 1985.

In 1947, he became the first World War II veteran to serve as commander of the VFW's Red Jacket Post. He also served two more terms as post commander, in 1961 and 1977.

Active with the Erie County VFW Council, he served on the board of trustees and was chairman of the campaign to erect a veterans memorial at the west end of Rich Stadium. He also served for 15 years as chairman of Veterans Day observances for the VFW.

Kramer was active in the VFW on the district level, serving as quartermaster for the last 15 years.

He also was a member of George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, for 27 years.

He was a member of the former Northeast Lodge, F&AM, now Amherst Lodge 981, the Buffalo Consistory and Ismailia Temple. He also was a member of Aerie 2692, Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Kramer served as head usher for the 9 a.m. services at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Depew, for several years.

He married Lorraine Jerge in 1949. She died in 1995.

Surviving are a son, Edwin O. "Skip" Jr. of Batavia, and a brother, Robert of New Brighton, Minn.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Prince of Peace Church, 2311 George Urban Blvd., Depew. Interment will be in Ridge Lawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga.[dndrsn]

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