2013-10-10 / Obituaries

Stewart S. Tjentland Stewart-Cramer

Stewart was born on Nov. 7, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio. He passed away on Sept. 30, 2013 at the age of 82.

Stewart moved to Yosemite with his parents during the summer of 1935, when his father came to work for the Yosemite Park & Curry Company. A few of his childhood adventures in Yosemite included climbing the Gunsight with his father at the age of 4, summiting Mount Starr-King with his father at the age of 12, learning to dance from his mother, a dance instructor, participating in the Yosemite Bracebridge Dinner as a Servitor, helping build bonfires for the Yosemite Firefall and playing football with the Yosemite Football Team.

Stewart graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1949.

Stewart lived in Yosemite until 1949, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in the 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, Aug. 1950 through Aug. 1951, during the Korean War. His was the first American unit to see action in Korea.

In 1956, Stewart married a Japanese nurse, Eiko, in Japan. Together, with daughters Kinue and Keiko, the family moved to the U.S. on April 27, 1958.

Stewart served in the Vietnam War from Nov. 1966 to Nov. 1967. At age 36, on June 11, 1967, as Sergeant First Class, he was reassigned to the 5th Special Forces Detachment A-244 at Dak To. His assignment was senior engineer-demolitions sergeant of the Ateam. On June 17, 1967, the Dak To camp came under fire from North Vietnamese regulars. During an attempt to carry another injured soldier to safety, Stewart was hit by fragments from a mortar round. He was awarded the Purple Heart on June 24, 1967. In addition to the Purple Heart, Stewart was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 'V', Combat Infantryman's Badge (2nd award), Parachutist's Badge and Vietnamese Parachutist's Badge.

In 1969, Stewart won 1st place in the Inter-Service Orienteering Championship, USMC Base in Quantico, Va., and qualified for a place on the U.S. CISM Team to compete in the CISM Orienteering Championships at Colombier, Switzerland. In 1971, Stewart organized the orienteering phase of the ROTC summer training at Fort Bragg, N.C. He won second place in the U.S. Army Orienteering Championship and placed on the US CISM Team at Inter-Service Championship, USMC Base in Quantico, Virginia, competed in the CISM Orienteering Championships at Oslo, Norway and in the Landerkampf Orienteering Championships at Yorkshire, England. In June 1972, Stewart was invited to and served as Technical Advisor for the 1972 Army Orienteering Trials and Invitational Championships in Fort Knox, Ky.

During his 21-year Army career, Stewart and his family lived in Monterey, El Paso, Texas; Bad Toelz, Germany and Fayetteville, N.C.

Stewart retired from the U.S. Army in Feb. 1972 as a Master Sergeant and, before relocating his family from North Carolina to California, he took his wife and children to Japan to visit his wife's family. Upon returning from Japan, Stewart and his family settled in Mariposa.

Having so many varied interests, Stewart remained active during his retirement years. He enjoyed running, skiing, dancing and researching family genealogy. In 1974, Stewart organized the first annual Amigo de Oro 10-mile race in Mariposa. He attended Merced College and, in 1976, received an AA degree in Mass Communication. Stewart created a light show business that kept him busy for several years.

From 1993-1996, he served in the California State Military Reserve as a chief warrant officer. As a member of the Clan Stewart Society in America, Stewart participated in many Highland Games and gatherings. He continued his love of dancing and took classes both in Mariposa and in the Bay Area. He enjoyed participating in the annual Relay for Life event with his family team. In recent years, Stewart and his family backpacked to the Yosemite High Sierra Camps at Vogelsang and Glen Aulin.

Stewart was preceded in death by his mother Helen Cramer in 1973, his father Sterling Cramer in 1995, and his wife Eiko in 2001. He is survived by his children Kinue McLean, Keiko (Steve) Buck, Sherman Cramer, Masayuki (Helene) Cramer, Helen (Rich) Parrish, and Sterling (Suzanne) Cramer; as well as 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Mariposa Cemetery followed by a reception at the Mariposa VFW Hall.

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Him and my grandfather, Joe

Him and my grandfather, Joe Rhoan, Sr., hung out together at the Mariposa pow-wows when I was a kid. He was a real nice man and it's unfortunate that he's not with us anymore. But now he's enjoying a well earned rest.

R.I.P Stew

R.I.P Stew

My thoughts and prayers go

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I l knew the family back in my High School Days at MCHS. I met Nr Cramer once and he was definitely an interesting man. Adrienne (Domingues) Telliano

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