Cramer, Rev. Roger W. Sr.


Roger William Cramer Sr., 85,of Summerville, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville. He was a retired elder in the United Methodist Church and a member of the Ministers Chorus. 

Born Feb. 17, 1928, in Soldier, he was the son of the late Dorsey and Bertha Christian Cramer. He was married to Dorothy Hummel Cramer, who survives, at the Summerville United Methodist Church on April 4, 1950. 
Roger attended elementary school in Soldier and graduated from Sykesville High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education at Penn State and later attended Oberlin Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity.

He was a veteran in the Navy and attained the rank of seaman first class before being discharged Dec. 23, 1947.

Licensed to preach in 1961 in the Western PA Methodist conference, he was ordained an elder in 1965 and retired from the Western PA United Methodist Conference in 1993. He served congregations at Charleston, Chicora/Karns City; Eau Claire/Argentine/Jolly Farm Camp; Centerville/Taylor; and Springdale, where he served from 1976-1993. 

He was a member of the Summerville United Methodist Church.

Roger enjoyed gardening, hunting, attending church, family, and camp.

Besides his wife, survivors include two sons, Roger Jr. and wife Kay of Gibsonia and Gary Cramer of Alexandria, Va.; two daughters, Miriam (Michael) Perriello of Gibsonia and Helene (Paul) Jacobs of Springdale; two brothers, Leo Cramer of Sykesville and Dean Cramer of Haines City, Fla.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Cramer and David Cramer; two brothers, Marlin Cramer and Max Cramer; and one sister, Neva Cramer Mowrey.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Summerville United Methodist Church.

Interment will be in the Ohl Cemetery in Beaver Township, Jefferson County.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Summerville United Methodist Church.

The Furlong Funeral Home in Summerville is in charge of arrangements.