Philip E. Cramer, 90

Philip E. Cramer, 90, of Wabash, died at 1:35 p.m., Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, at Wellbrooke of Wabash. 

He was born on May 28, 1931, in Wabash, to Edward and Martha (Haley) Cramer.

Phil was a 1950 graduate of Wabash High School. He was a United States Marine Corp veteran, serving in Korea 1951-1952.

He married Shermadean Ridenour on  Jan. 17, 1951, at the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ in Wabash; she died Feb. 27, 2004. He then married Trula (Draper) Frank in Crawfordsville, on Aug. 31, 2008; she died June 14, 2018.

Phil was the advertising manager at the Wabash Plain Dealer, retiring after 45 years. He was a member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, where he was a former elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. Phil was a former member of the Wabash Rotary Club and Toastmasters. He knew everyone in town and knew no strangers.

He is survived by eight children, Phyllis Jean (Tom) McNamee of Lawrenceburg, Christie K. (Tony) Thomas of Crawfordsville, Bryan (Kim) Frank of Urbana, Penny Tackett of Wabash, Rex (Shanna) Frank of Waxahachie, Texas, Melody (Cory) Roberts of Oregon City, Ore., Tim (Amy) Frank of Boca Raton, Fla., and Dan (Ashley) Frank of Wabash; 21 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Roger Cramer of Fort Wayne, and sister, Thelma Bianco of Michigan.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Melvin Cramer and Donald Cramer, and two sisters, Virginia Cox and Janice King.

Visitation and funeral services were Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Tony Thomas officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. 

Preferred memorial is Bachelor Creek Youth Fund.

The memorial guest book for Philip may be signed at


Posted on 2021 Aug 24