John Kremer

Obituary of John D. Kremer

John D. Kremer, of Horseheads, NY passed away on November 4, 2021 surrounded by family at the age of 88. John was born in Rochester, Minnesota to Joe and Ellen Kremer on June 11, 1933. He graduated from The University of Minnesota in Mechanical Engineering. He started his career in 1957 at Latenser Architects, in Omaha, NE, eventually rising to Vice President. In 1967 he moved his family to Horseheads, NY to become a project manager for Corning Incorporated. He ultimately managed multiple major construction projects for Corning Inc., including the demolition of Main Plant, construction of Decker Building, Erwin Manufacturing Facility, and Corning Headquarters, as well as the development of Centennial Park. In addition to managing construction in his professional life, he volunteered his time to design and build the new church at St. Mary Our Mother Catholic Church in Horseheads, NY. An avid sailor, John was captain of a dozen boats throughout his life including his favorite, Amazing Grace. He was one of the original members of the 'Last Ditch Yacht Club' in 1981 which grew into the Watkins Glen Harbor Marina. As a master sailor, he charted several sailing trips to the Bahamas and Caribbean that required the use of a sextant for navigation in the middle of the ocean. Closer to home, he navigated trips from Seneca Lake through the Erie Canal to Lake Ontario. As instructor with the Power Squadron he taught hundreds of sailors nationally. He was also the go-to expert in the Watkins Glen Marina and loved to mentor eager young sailors. John was a man with many interests. He was a consummate runner and ran a number of marathons. He was a true craftsman and enjoyed laboring in his home workshop. He wood spend hours making beautiful creations like custom ship's wheels, cutting boards, clocks, ikebanas, painting easels. He loved being presented with a challenging project. John loved making others laugh and appreciated a great prank or an excellently timed pun. Above all he cherished time with his family and his many friends. John was preceded in death by his parents and his sister. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeanne Kremer: six children: Steve Kremer (Eileen); Karen Seay (Brian); Mike Kremer (Kim); Joe Kremer (Julie); Jim Kremer; Anne Kremer (Ron Bijlsma); twenty grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2022. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of your choice in memory of John Kremer. Words of Condolence and memories may be shared at
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