Terrence Lynn Kramer of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, age 82, made his last Flight on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
Born in Jamestown, Ohio and raised in Springfield, Ohio, Terry fulfilled his boyhood dreams of graduating from The Ohio State University (1960, Personnel Management) and flying for the US Air Force.
He was extremely proud of the 23 years he devoted to his country before retiring as a Lt. Colonel. As an Electronic Warfare Officer on a B-52D combat crew, his assignments took him to Larson AFB in Moses Lake, Washington, and March AFB in Riverside, California. While at March AFB, he spent two tours of duty on Guam and in U-Tapao, Thailand, under the Arc Light program where he completed 101 combat missions in SEA (Vietnam). (MEDALS) Air Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
His final assignment brought him to Florida, where he enjoyed a four-year tour as an instructor at Hurlburt Field in the AC-130 program.
Meanwhile, he returned to school at The University of West Florida for an Accounting degree (1977), which led to his 2nd career as a Management Analyst for the Florida Public Service Commission in Tallahassee, Florida. During his 23 years with the PSC, he was a proud member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and served as the local chapter President and member of its Board of Governors.
Other jobs that Terry enjoyed were with Bourns Electronic in Riverside, California as the assistant Director of the Electronic Engineering Analysis and as an Internal Auditor. Subsequently, he served as the State Auditor for the West Virginia Racing Commission.
Terry was preceded in death by his mother Frances I. (Coss) and his beloved stepfather, Charles G. Kramer of Springfield, Ohio; his brother, Rick Kramer and his father, Robert H. Thomas of Jupiter, Florida.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jacqueline Kramer whom he married February 11, 1961. He will be missed by his sister-in-law, Shirley Kramer; his nieces, Lauren Barber and husband Brett of Columbus, Ohio; Jana and husband Nathan Wilcox of Bozeman, Montana and great-niece, Darby and great-nephew, Reese; Blair Kramer of Columbus, Ohio; his niece, Jennifer Westcott of New Bern, NC; his sister-in-law, Karen McKelvey and husband, the Reverend Tom of Easton, Maryland; and his nephews Tim and Scott McKelvey; and brother-in-law James Delbrugge of Wheeling, West Virginia.
He greatly enjoyed his past times of photography, square dancing, and using the computer to research and communicate a variety of interests. He was also an active and faithful member of the Eglin AFB Chapel’s 9:00 o’clock service for many years.
By his request, there will be a cremation, by the Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville, Florida. A memorial service will be held at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home, Niceville, Florida in the Spring when the family can convene.
In lieu of flowers, a tax-deductible donation may be made to Wounded Warriors.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. Virgil Brown, Dr. Christopher Reid, and Dr. Mark Riggenbach for their 20 years of devoted care.
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