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Terry Krammes

Therold E. (Terry) Krammes of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Vibralife, Mechanicsburg. He was the son of Ira and Verna (Miller) Krammes and was born December 29, 1931 at the family home in Cressona PA.  In June 1957, Terry married his “Gem” and “Blue Eyes,” girl, Ann Hepler.  They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Terry served in the US Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Oriskany as an aerographers mate.  He enjoyed sharing stories of being aboard the first aircraft carrier to round the tip of Cape Horn, South America because it was too large to navigate the Panama Canal.  The Oriskany had a wooden flight deck and he loved to talk about his enlistment in the Navy as a time of wooden ships and iron men.

Terry graduated from Kutztown State Teacher’s College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.  He was a bureau director for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER) and retired with 30 years of service.  Terry spent his retirement pursuing his lifelong passion on the golf course.  He enjoyed golfing with his wife, his regular foursome and a traveling DER group.  He achieved two holes in one.  His other claim to fame was a 299 score in his bowling league.  The missed pin sits on display in the family rec room.

Terry was an active member of the church throughout his life, both at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Mechanicsburg and more recently at St. Timothy Lutheran Church of Camp Hill.  An avid reader and researcher of the Bible and religion, he spent many hours preparing to lead Sunday School classes and Bible Study group lessons held at member’s homes.  Terry looked forward to going to heaven at the end of his journey and life’s work here.  A few days before his death, he shared with the family, “I’m ready for the next act.” Terry sought to instill in his children a love of God, a love of country, a love of nature, a strong work ethic and a sense of personal responsibility.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Lori Krammes and his son, Jeff Krammes (Jennifer).  Terry cherished his granddaughters, Jessica Kirkland (Tarry), Kelly Krammes (Bucky) and Tyler Draxton (Joe) and great-granddaughters, Channing and Brinson Kirkland.  He is also survived by a brother, Clarence (Rose) and sister, Charlotte Wookey (Fred) and many nieces and nephews. Terry was preceded in death by his siblings: Ira, Kermit, Mervin (Bud) and Helen.

Our family offers our sincerest thanks and gratitude to Homeland Hospice and Home Instead for guiding us through this difficult time, and to his primary physician, Dr. Harry Sahi, who provided excellent care for our father during this difficult pandemic.  Due to the pandemic, services will be held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church for the immediate family only.  Burial will be at Rolling Green Cemetery in Camp Hill. Memorial contributions in Terry’s memory may be made to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way #270, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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Terry and I worked together for many years at DER.  We also enjoyed golfing together.  Most of all, I will remember Terry as a friend.  I will miss him.

Lou Bercheni Jul 24 2020 12:00 AM

Farewell to one fine american-Terry R.I.P. you good gentleman I used to attend church with years ago.God bless and comfort your family during this time and always. Sincerely---Mr. T.J. Murray

T.J. Murray Jul 16 2020 12:00 AM

Ann, Lori, and family, we offer our sincere sympathy and prayers for you all at this time. Saying "goodbye" is so hard especially when Terry's life touched so many in a special way. I know the angels are rejoicing as they welcome Terry into his eternal home with our Lord and Saviour. We had the pleasure of getting to know Terry, Ann, and Lori at the War College Barracks Golf Course. Terry always had a kind word and laughs before or after a round of golf.  His life was an example of how we all should strive to live. Prayers for you all.

Rita & Rick Hoffman Jul 15 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Ann and family,     Tena and I send our heartfelt sorrow at this time.  Terry was far and away one of the best Sunday School Teachers we've ever had the privilege of learning from.  He made us feel welcome when we first joined St. Timothy Lutheran Church.  It was also always good to just sit and talk with him at the Men's Breakfast and the after worship meals.  His presence will be profoundly missed.  We are better people for our paths crossing.  Our love and sympathies to all,Eric and Tena Brown

Eric and Tena Brown Jul 14 2020 12:00 AM