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John Arthur Cramer

John Arthur Cramer, 90, of West Mansfield, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Hardin Hills Care Center, Kenton.

He was born in Lafayette on May 9, 1924, to the late Rev. Charles E. and Ruby F. McKill Cramer. 

On June 16, 1946, he married the former Juanita M. Penhorwood in the Bethel United Methodist Church in a ceremony performed by his father. She preceded him in death Dec. 19, 2013. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Reba G. Botkin; and a brother, Charles Cramer.

Survivors include his son, Michael L. (Brenda) Cramer of Kenton; his daughter, Denise (Ken) Beaty of Oklahoma City, Okla.; four grandchildren, Jorden (Jason) Conley, Lacey (Jason) Weihrauch and Lauren and Brandon Beaty; two great-grandchildren, Jyles and Sawyer; a brother, Walter (Mary) Cramer of Bellefontaine; and several nieces and nephews.

A 1942 graduate of North Hampton High School, he attended Wittenberg University, and served his country from 1944 to 1946 in the United States Merchant Marines.

He served as pastor for 13 years at the Peoria United Methodist Church and the Irwin United Methodist Church from 1982-1994, and then served as a supply pastor within the Springfield District of the United Methodist Church. He was a faithful member of the Bethel United Methodist Church.

He formerly owned and operated B&C Floor Covering with Richard Bechtel from 1970 to 1983 and operated his own sewing machine business for 25 years.

He enjoyed the Cincinnati Reds and especially enjoyed time spent serving the Lord and being surrounded by his family.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield. His nephew, the Rev. Steve Cramer, officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Bethel United Methodist Church. Burial is at York Cemetery, York Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.

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