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Township supervisor dies in Pa.

September 01, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Longtime Green Township Supervisor Richard P. Kramer died Tuesday, leaving a legacy of public service that dates back to the late 1970s.

Kramer, 66, died at his home after a long illness.

Kramer will be missed by his colleagues on the board and by the township residents he served, said Charles David Jamison, supervisors president.

"I served with him for 11 years," Jamison said. "He was a good supervisor who had the residents' well-being at heart. He was well-liked, fair and people trusted him. He tried to accommodate people within the law whenever he could."

Kramer won his first seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1978. He retired in 1995 and was appointed by the court in 1998 to finish the unexpired term of Jack Furry, who retired. Kramer had filed for re-election in November.

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"The thing I liked about Dick is that you always knew where you stood with him," Jamison said. "He always admitted it when he was wrong. You could sit down and work things out with him."

Jamison said he and Supervisor Paul Ambrose have asked the township attorney to research the procedure for replacing Kramer on the board.

"He was a good boss and he became a good friend," said Wayne Elliott, who was secretary-treasurer of the township for more than 15 years under Kramer.

He said Kramer loved to hunt, especially turkeys, and he loved fishing, too.

Kramer's survivors include his wife, Dorothy C. Gearhart Kramer, and his son, Richard P. Kramer.

Kramer was a member of the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department, the South Mountain, Pa., Fish and Game Club and belonged to the Marine Corps League in Chambersburg.

He was a native of Fayetteville, Pa.

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