Dec. 28, 1924 – Sept. 30, 2017
Col. Earl E. Kramer, a World War II veteran who served for 39 years in the Army and Army Reserve, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst. He was 92.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School and was drafted into the Army in March 1943. He took part in the Normandy Invasion, landing on the ninth day as a replacement heavy machine gunner with the 2nd Armored Division.
He served on a light tank in the Battle of the Bulge, was wounded during the closing days of the war on a reconnaissance mission near Magdeburg, Germany, and was with the first occupation forces in Berlin.
He was discharged with the rank of first sergeant.
In 1959, he was given a direct commission as a second lieutenant, branch armor. He retired from the Army Reserve with the rank of colonel.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s degree in secondary school administration from the University of Buffalo. He also graduated with honors from the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., with the equivalent of a master’s degree in military science.
Mr. Kramer worked for 37 years at Bell Aerospace, retiring as the manager of management development, safety and environmental affairs.
A former Town of Tonawanda resident, in recent years he lived in Getzville.
He married the former Marjorie Laubacher in 1952. She died in 2007. He was remarried to the former Mei-Chen Chiu Stankiewicz.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Kandis L. Meinel and Cynthia L. Abdo; a son, Randall; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.