Robert Lee Kramer, Steelworker

July 06, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Robert Lee Kramer, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker and former Bel Air resident, died June 26 of complications from diabetes at his home in The Villages, Fla. He was 73.

Mr. Kramer was born in Allentown, Pa., and later moved with his family to a home near Patterson Park.

After graduating from Kenwood High School in 1954, he enlisted in the Air Force, where he was a radio and radar specialist. He was discharged in 1959.

He worked for 36 years as a quality control clerk at Sparrows Point until retiring in 1999.

Mr. Kramer, who enjoyed singing, had been a member of the Choraliers. Since moving in 2005 to the retirement community, which is near Lady Lake, Fla., he continued singing with the Village Voices and Brothers In Song.

He was a former communicant of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Abingdon.

Mr. Kramer was a parishioner of St. George's Episcopal Church in The Villages, where a memorial service was held Wednesday.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, the former Vivian Barnes, who had been payroll manager at The Baltimore Sun for 31 years until retiring in 1999; two sons, Ronald Kramer of Baltimore and Stephen K. Kramer of Catonsville; a stepson, David A. Hopkins of Wilson Point; two stepdaughters, Lynne M. Rice of Ellicott City and Lisa D. Hopkins of Nottingham; and three grandchildren.

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