James Robert Brammer, 95 of Waterville, OH, formerly of Shadyside, OH, died Thursday, January 7, 2016, in Waterville, OH.
He was born October 18, 1920, in Athens, OH, the son of the late William Brammer and Lovina VanMeter Sullivan.
After graduating from high school, Bob joined the Marines. He served as a member of the initial Drum and Bugle Corps at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. also known as 8th and I. They performed for President Roosevelt’s inauguration and the New York City World’s Fair in 1939. He later served in the Pacific Theater, landing at Tarawa and Saipan. Bob was awarded the Purple Heart.
He later transferred to the Army and served in the Korean War earning the Bronze Star. Bob, however, always remained a Marine at heart.
Bob taught ROTC at Xavier University until he retired from the Army with the rank of Captain. He then moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan where he taught ROTC at Sault High School.
He was a member of Shadyside Masonic Lodge 724 F&AM where he served as Master of the lodge from 20082009. Bob was recognized as the oldest first time sitting Master in the state of Ohio. He was also a member of Hope Commandery 26 Knights Templar of Bridgeport, Ohio, The Scottish Rite, York Rite Chapter and Council. Bob was a charter member of Belmont 748 High Twelve. He served as Demolay Dad while living in Sault Ste. Marie and was presented his 50 year pin in 2009.
Bob moved to the Browning Masonic Community in June of 2010 where he participated in and enjoyed many activities while sharing stories and pictures of his great-grandchildren. He served on “The Flying Flag Veterans Memorial Committee.” As a former high school baseball player, Bob enjoyed watching his baseball and football teams on television. He was an avid follower of Buckeye football and the Detroit Tigers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Jewell Brammer, whom he married in 1946, an infant daughter, Mary Beth Brammer and one son, Timothy M. Brammer.
Surviving are his sons, Dr. Robert E. (Gretchen) Brammer of Grosse Pointe, MI and James F. (Nancy) Brammer of Shadyside, OH; daughter-in-law, Lisa (Dan) Moore of Martins Ferry, OH. Also grandchildren, Erica (Greg) Saxer, Mark (Sarah) Brammer, Elizabeth Brammer, Keith (Sarah) Brammer and great-grandchildren, James Saxer (named for Bob), Benjamin Brammer, Chloe Brammer, Mollie Brammer and Julie Brammer.
There will be no visitation. Shadyside Lodge 724 F&AM will conduct masonic services on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 11 am at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, 3900 Central Avenue, Shadyside, OH, followed by graveside services at Greenwood Cemetery, Bellaire, OH, with Rev. David Roberts officiating and Full Military Honors conducted by the Belmont County Veterans Association.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Browning Masonic Community or the OR & W Fire District by going to www.tmcfunding.com.
Share your thoughts and memories with Bob’s family at www.bauknechtaltmeyer.com.