John Edward Cramer III
Cramer, John Edward III, fortified with the Holy Sacraments, died July 27, 2018 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. A steadfast gentleman with a delightful smile and sense of fun, John was the beloved husband for 52 years of Gladys Cramer. Treasured father of Katharine “Anne” Cramer and John Edward Cramer IV “Ned” (Jason Loewith). Cherished sibling of Patrice Bardenheier, Katharine DeWitt and Jerome Cramer. Preceeded in death by his loving parents Katharine (nee Murphy) and John Edward Cramer Jr. He will be missed by in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, granddogs, godchildren, neighbors and friends.
A lifelong St. Louisan, John thoroughly enjoyed his grade school attendance at Our Lady of Lourdes in University City, MO and treasured his high school years in the first graduating class of St. Louis Priory School, where he excelled in track and football. He was a 1964 graduate of Georgetown University School of Business in Washington, DC, where he met his college sweetheart, Gladys. In 1995 he received the John Carroll Award, the highest honor Georgetown bestows on its alumni. John was a member of Georgetown’s Alumni Association Admissions Board and the local director of the alumni admissions committee for over 30 years. He was also a loyal member of Alpha Nu. A voracious reader, John valued education throughout his life, including his senior years enjoying classes at Washington University’s Life Long Learning Institute.
John joined the U.S. Navy in 1964, and attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. For two years he served on the Navy’s largest fleet oiler out of Norfolk, VA fueling ships sailing to and from Vietnam. He then taught Chemical Safety and Damage Control at the Philadelphia Naval Yard for an additional two years.
After completing his service, John returned to St. Louis to work at the family business, The Casper Stolle Quarry & Contracting Co., Inc. which his great-grandfather founded in 1852. Over the course of 45 years, John successfully modernized and expanded the company. During that time, he also served as chairman of the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers and president of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. He served on advisory boards at Missouri University’s School of Mines and Metallurgy and Southern Illinois University’s program of Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering. He was part of a team that enabled the revitalization of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum’s Mine and Rocks Galleries. John loved his work and admired all those in the industry.
An avid conservationist and outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, sailing, sporting clays, etc. John founded the Greater Glendale Canoe Club whose families paddled the Missouri waters with enthusiasm for many summers. John loved vacations with his family who share special memories of extensive travel in the U.S. and abroad. As a 46 year parishioner of Mary, Queen of Peace he was actively involved with the children’s sports programs coaching soccer, softball and basketball, as well as community ice hockey teams. As an active member of the Men’s Club he was a vibrant actor in Monsignor O’Toole’s legendary plays; co-chaired the annual Parish Progressive Dinner; and introduced, with friends, square dancing for the middle schoolers and, to their dismay, ballroom dancing for the eighth graders. His favorite parish contribution each year was erecting the Nativity scene on the church portico along with great friends and fanfare.
John has remained ever loyal to the St. Louis Abbey Benedictine monastic community in Creve Coeur, MO, where he and Gladys were honored and blessed as confraters. John spent many rewarding, faith-filled years as an Oblate with the community and as a member of the Abbey Society Board of Directors. Funeral Services will be held at St. Louis Abbey Church at 10:00am with visitation at 9:15am and reception to follow on August 16, 2018. Private burial to take place at a later date. Thanks to all dedicated and recent caregivers. In lieu of flowers, John, who strongly believed in the importance of philanthropy, would appreciate memorial gifts to the St. Louis Abbey, 500 S. Mason Rd. St. Louis, Mo 63141 or The Alzheimer’s Association, 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132.