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Frank E. Kymer

Memorial for Frank E. Kymer

Born in Frankford Township, NJ on Mar. 20, 1924
Died on Jun. 12, 2016 and resided in Frankford Township, NJ.
Visitation: Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
- 9:00 pm
Service: Thursday, Jun. 16, 2016
10:00 am
Cemetery: Beemerville Cemetery
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Frank E. Kymer, 92, of Frankford Township, died Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Newton Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Born in Frankford Township, Mr. Kymer was a lifelong resident of Frankford Township. Growing up in the 1920's to 1930's, and being one of the youngest of eleven children, he learned quickly to take care of himself and help support his family. As a young boy, he discovered his entrepreneurial skill set and raised turkeys to sell for Thanksgiving in order to help his family.

After attending Newton High School, Mr. Kymer served in the Army during World War II, for 3 years, which allowed him to serve his country and see the world. He completed
his service, then entered the job market, working locally for Anken and Newhard Cooke in Newton. He decided to follow his dream of building a successful business. While still working at Newhard Cooke as a stockbroker, Mr. Kymer built Kymer's Campground opening in May 1972, purchased Panther Lake Camping Resort in Byram Township in 1977, then purchased property on the Delaware River in Knowlton Township to create Delaware River Family Campground, which opened in 1982. Being one of Mr. Kymer's greatest achievements, for 44 years the campground provided him with an opportunity to give back to the community by providing access to a pool for swimming lessons as well as a baseball field for the Frankford Recreation program.

Beyond his personal goals, Mr. Kymer served in many community positions to help improve our schools, township, and recreation facilities. He served for 14 years on the Frankford Township Board of Education; served 16 years on the Frankford Township Committee, with five terms as Mayor, contributing to numerous civic contributions, including the establishment of the Frankford Township Park Commission, where he installed the park water system, along with two of his campground employees (Neil Wright and Robbie Rohl) and personally rented an air compressor every year to winterize the park water lines; served 18 years on the Frankford Township Parks Commission, playing an instrumental role in sourcing the funding and establishing the Master Plan for the Frankford Township Park property; and served as a member of the Municipal Drug Alliance Planning Board, Economic Development Committee and Land Use Board.
He was a long-time member of the Branchville Business Men's Club, with one term
serving as a President.

For 92 years, Mr. Kymer loved being part of this community and was grateful for the opportunity to contribute to its future. In recognition of his outstanding service to the residents of Frankford Township, the month of February 1997 Recognition Drive was made known as "Frank Kymer Drive". And in 2000, Mr. Kymer was presented the Citizen of the Year Award by The Branchville Rotary Club.

The son of the late Walter and Flora (nee Mooney) Kymer, Mr. Kymer was predeceased by nine siblings, Albert, Herbert, Charles, David, Clarence, William and Fred Kymer, as well as Alice Mathews and Florence Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Iris A. Kymer; four daughters, Karen Kymer of Frankford Township, Barbara Kymer of Montville, Audra Preste and husband, John, of Frankford Township and Terri Mandorlo and husband, Lex, of Montville; five grandchildren, Cassidy and Madison Preste, Lex and Frank Mandorlo and Hailey Kymer. Also surviving is one brother, Roy Kymer of Branchville, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Smith-McCracken, 63 High Street, Newton. Interment will follow in Beemerville Cemetery in the Beemerville section of Wantage Township. Everyone is welcome for refreshments and to share their stories following the service at Kymer's Campground. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Frank E. Kymer Memorial Fund, 65 Kymer Road, Branchville, NJ 07826. The fund allows Mr. Kymer to continue to contribute to the community as he's done for so many years through local scholarships and other community donations.

Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.

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