My redheaded grandpa was a World War II vet who loved ice cream, writing songs and poems, keeping in touch with family, and anniversaries.
Wally grew up in Nebraska, the eighth of Joseph and Caroline Cramer's twelve children. Most of these children were boys, and the brothers former their own basketball team and also played football.
|baby Wally c. 1909|
He spent time in Hawaii with the military, and then was transferred to Fort Douglas during World War II.
|on honeymoon at Bryce Canyon|
There Wally met and married his first wife Fay, but she died young (of rheumatic heart disease) after only four years of marriage. Wally converted to the LDS Church while married to Fay, who was a Mormon.
|Fay & Wally|
The Cramers lived in San Francisco, Okinawa, Japan, and Mesa, Arizona. Since his military counterintelligence assignments had to be kept secret for many years after the war ended, we still don't know much of what he did!
I have written his life history, and greatly love and admire this grandpa I never knew. We had a wonderful 100th birthday party for him in 2008, and love the coincidence of his birthday's timing with his patriotic nature.
|the 100th cake|
Interestingly, Wally was one of seven brothers, and then had two sons. I think he's pretty pleased to have eight out of eleven grandchildren be Cramer boys, who are carrying on the Cramer name with eight Cramer grandsons so far (he also has three granddaughters and eleven great-grandchildren who are female or have another surname). I would give him a Sunday ice cream sundae bar for his birthday!