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John M. â€śJakeâ€ť Cramar, 79, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011, at his home.
He had been in declining health for the past four years, and had returned to his home from the hospital Tuesday.
Mr. Cramar was born in Fort Wayne on April 3, 1932, a son of David L. and Lola Mae (Cook) Cramar, and moved to Churubusco at age 9 with his parents.
He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1950, and as a young man served with the U. S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
For several years he worked in the meat department for the former Sheltonâ€™s IGA in Churubusco and later for Egolfâ€™s IGA in Churubusco. He retired in the early 1990s as a floor inspector for Zolner Piston in Fort Wayne after 28 years. Following his retirement, he was employed by the Eel River Golf Course near Churubusco.
Always a community-spirited person, he was instrumental through the Jaycees in establishing both the football field at Churubusco High School and the first Little League diamond in the Churubusco Park. He was a member of Columbia City American Legion Post, and Churubusco Veteranâ€™s of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846.
The surviving relatives include his daughters Dawn Cramar of Albion and Debbie Geiger of Fort Wayne; a sister Donna Mae Cramar of Gleason, Tenn; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Daniel Cramar and Pat Cramar.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with his grandson David Beard, officiating. There will also be a military presentation by the Whitley County Korean War Veterans and the U. S. Navy at the service.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
For those who wish, memorials should be directed to the family.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Cramarâ€™s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net