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Walter Burdette Crampton, Jr., 84, of Columbia City passed away at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010 at his residence. Born Aug. 24, 1925 in Eaton, Delaware County, Ind., he was a son of Walter B. and Vera B. (Andrews) Crampton.
Since the age of 11, he has spent his life in the Tri-Lakes, Columbia City area. He graduated from Columbia City High School, attended Wabash College for two years and Purdue University for two years. He served in the United States Army, National Guard for 32 years. On Oct. 26, 1944, he married Dorothy M. Crampton in Covington, Ky. He retired in 1991 as an electronic technician at the former Magnavox Company, Fort Wayne. He was a member of the Tri-Lakes Baptist Church and former member of the Columbia City Rotary Club.
Survivors include his five children, Ken (Dorie) Crampton of Columbia City; Treasa Crampton of Columbia City; Noreen (Glen) Kemery of Playa Del Rey, Calif.; Dennis (Fran) Crampton of San Diego, Calif.; Dr. Michael (Nancy) Crampton of Columbia City; two sisters, Lucinda (Bruce) Rex and Barbara Miller, both of Columbia City; two brothers, Lloyd (Judy) Crampton of Grand Marie, Mich. and John Crampton of Columbia City; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy M. Crampton and brothers, Keith and Richard Crampton.
Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will immediately follow visitation at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside service is at 3 p.m. Thursday at South Park Original Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorials may be given in Mr. Cramptonâ€™s memory to Rotary Boyâ€™s State. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.