First Posted: 7/19/2005


CHARLES E. TRAME, 82, of Loudon, Tenn., formerly of Lima, died July 16, 2005.

He was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Glandorf to Edward and Sue Trame, who preceded him in death. His wife of 57 years, Doris Jane Cole Trame, died in 2002.

Mr. Trame retired as president of Everbrite Sign Inc., South Milwaukee, Wis., which has honored him by naming its research and development building the Charles E. Trame Technology Center. He was a noted artist who spent his career in the commercial arts. He had many artistic accomplishments and more than 15 patents. One of his most notable inventions was the first motion sign, which was the Hamm's beer waterfall sign. He was a member of the Tellico Art Guild, Loudon, Tenn., the Knoxville Museum of Art and the POPAI Association. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific with the Corsair Squadron know as "Hell's Bells." He had moved to the Tellico Village Community, Loudon, Tenn., in 1993.

Survivors include four children, Patricia Ann (Peter) Keegan of Hawthorne Woods, Ill., Thomas (Nancy) Trame of Sevierville, Tenn., James (Kimberly) Trame of Knoxville, Tenn., and Christine (Bob) Cobb of Woodbury, Minn.; and 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Lenoir City, Tenn. Father David Boettner will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 1705 W. Clinch Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916.

Arrangements are by Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, Tenn.

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