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John Raymond Cramer, Jr.

January 20, 1952 ~ March 28, 2019 (age 67)

John Cramer Jr. was born January 20, 1952 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey to John and Rosemary Cramer. He was their only child and grew up in East Keansburg, New Jersey. Both of his parents and daughter Victoria Marie Cramer proceeded him in death.

After graduating from Middletown Township High School on June 18, 1970 and just three years later, on June 24, 1973 John graduated from Brookdale Community College earning an Associate in Science degree. He fell in love with Kansas while in elementary school through a weekly reader.  He saw the wheat fields of Kansas in his book and knew that his heart would find joy if he could walk around those fields with no one around.  Soon after he moved away from the east coast to attend veterinary college, he started a family near Manhattan, Kansas where he worked various jobs such as a printer and a repairman on equipment such as snack machines and pool tables. While supporting a growing family he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from Kansas State University on December 19, 1980,

John started out working the oil fields, driving trucks and working on equipment for Halliburton out of Strothers Field near Arkansas City, Kansas. Then made his way up to the Coastal Refinery in El Dorado working in the lab. From there he moved on to work a brief stint at BG Products in Wichita Kansas. After that he worked for several different oil companies in Oklahoma and New Jersey, before moving back to Oklahoma to work at the Sonoco Plant, which later was bought by Holly-Frontier. He worked his way up from being out in the oil fields to being a chemist. His hard work ethic and determination made him a well-respected member of his company, as well as good father to his kids.  When he wasn't working, he could usually be found doing yard work or tinkering with a project around the house. He had a passion for gardening, and had fun taking care of the various trees and plants around the house. John wasn't the type to sit idle for very long. He always had an itch to work on something or help someone who was in need. Anytime his kids needed some help with anything he would make the trip gladly and spend quality time with them, often passing the time telling family stories along the way.

John moved to his heavenly home on Thursday, March 28, 2019. He leaves to cherish his memories:  his wife and best friend Linda Oldham Cramer, three sons John Cramer III, Karl Cramer and James Sampson. Grandson Michael, Sister-in-laws Marvel Oldham Hodge, Nina Oldham and Lillie Oldham. Nephews Walter Hodge Jr. (Venita) and Dr. Reubin McIntosh. One niece Paula Carbin.  One Aunt Ella Tucker, Uncles Donald Tucker (Frances) and Bobby Joe Tucker and a host of great nieces and great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews,  Cousins, other relatives, Destiny Church family, co-workers and friends.  He was truly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

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