Charles Henry Cramer, of Moline, died on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at Trinity Bettendorf, due to complications post surgery.
Charles was born in River Grove, Ill., on May 26, 1928, to Alma and Henry Cramer. He graduated from Leyden Community High School and Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill.
The U.S. Army recruited Charles, and he immediately was transferred into the Specialized Professional Personnel Program at the Chemical Center in Maryland. After being honorably discharged, he continued working for the U.S. government as a civilian.
Charles was a member of a team that created Exploding Bolts. With further development, these exploding bolts were used by NASA on the launching brackets that held rockets and spaceships in place prior to liftoff. NASA still is using a newer version of these bolts today.
Later, EI DuPont de Nemours and Co. recruited Charles as a chemist in their Specialty Division-Precision Explosives. Many years later and due to his vast knowledge of chemicals, he eventually became the top sales account executive in the textile industry.
He met his best friend, the love of his life and wife of more than 50 years, Marlene J. (Miller) Cramer, while working on an assignment and, by chance, bumped into her again in the same place the following year. He came to Moline to marry Marlene on April 2, 1960. In 1965, they had one son, Kent Cramer. His wife and son were his life, a life he cherished and lived to the fullest. He was a positive force in the lives of many.
They lived in New Jersey, St. Louis, Mo., Charlotte, N.C., and Matthews, N.C., before he retired from DuPont and returned to the Moline area to be near his wife's family. Together, they lived a very quiet life and enjoyed each other's company immensely.
Charles is survived by his sisters, Ruth Lombardo and Eloise Spearing, both from the Chicago area; many nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Roberta Miller, Moline, and Jett Miller, Las Vegas.
He was preceded in death by his mother; father; wife, Marlene; and son, Kent Cramer.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends who loved him deeply. Charles will be cremated and buried with his wife and son in Matthews.
A private memorial will be planned at later date.
The family would like to thank the Trinity staff nurses (Rianne in surgery, Jennifer and Jean in ICU) who provided him with caring attention and to his personal physician, Dr. Rahhal, who cared for him and his wife for several years.
A special "thank you" to his other "family," the staff at Grand Haven for the wonderful, caring atmosphere that they provided him during his brief stay.