SALEM, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Richard Dean Cranmer, 68, of Salem, passed away at 4:04 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Aultman Hospital in Canton following complications due to a heart attack.
Richard was born on May 3, 1952, in Salem, the son of the late Dean and Eleanor (Bailey) Cranmer.
He graduated from Salem High School and earned a Civil Engineering degree from YSU.
He worked for 40 years as a zone manager for Snyder of Berlin / Herron Foods, from which he retired in 2016.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Salem.
He also played semi pro football. He was a black belt in Tae Kwon Do karate and instructed Salem police in its use. He thoroughly enjoyed playing golf with all of his friends in three leagues. His favorite place to be was on his back patio with his wife and friends. He and Sandy traveled annually to their favorite vacation spot in Boca Raton, Florida. He also loved playing with his grandchildren and going for rides in his dune buggy. He was a wonderful, funny guy who was taken too soon.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Sandra “Sandy” (Bower) Cranmer, whom he married on June 12, 1971; daughter, Heather (Chad) Fernlund of Medina; son, Mike (Lisa) Cranmer of Salem; siblings, Dave (Barb) Cranmer of Lisbon, Kim (Rita) Cranmer of Akron, Sally (Don) Vocca of Marion and Linda Cook of Salem; sister-in-law, Helen Cranmer of Salem, as well as seven grandchildren, Kiley and Keegan Fernlund, Alex, Vinnie, Leland and Carter Cranmer and Maverick Conners.
In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by his daughter, Haley Cranmer and siblings, Lee, Earl and Scott Cranmer.
There will be no services held at this time. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the future.
Arrangements are being handled by the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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A television tribute will air Thursday, October 15 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.
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