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Gene L. Kramer - 86

9/25/1932 - 3/11/2019

Clinton, IA

Gene L. Kramer age 86 of Clinton, passed away Monday March 11, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.  Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Thursday at the Pape Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held Wednesday 4-6 PM at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to the Clinton Humane Society.  Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com

 

     Gene was born on Sept. 25, 1932 in Sabula, IA, the son of George and Wilma (Carpenter) Kramer.  He served in the US National Guard.  He married Ardelle Lampe on July 21, 1950 in Iowa City, she died in 1995.  Gene worked at Ralston Purina as a Class A Millwright for over 25 years.  He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, mushroom hunting, his animals, especially his dog and cats.  Gene was known by the community as the man with the famous fudge, his own recipe.

 

     Gene is survived by his five children, James (Gina) Kramer, Penny (Todd) Brown, Rita (Martin) Garshak, Debra Harrison, and John (Annmarie) Kramer;  his daughter-in-law, Vickie Kramer; 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and a great-great granddaughter; two brothers, George and Jerry Kramer; his sisters, Carol, Brenda, Sandy, Jacqueline, Sharon, Joyce, and Janet; several nieces & nephews, and special thanks to his caregivers, Ted and Cheryl Rettkowski.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Mike, and two brothers, Milton and Ronnie.

Visitation will be held Wednesday 4-6 PM at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Thursday March 14th at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Clinton Humane Society.

11 Comments

  • Vito & Marisa DiBeasi

    1 week, 5 days ago

    Are deepest sympathies to your family.  Our condolences on the passing of your father. 

    Vito, Marisa & Isabella DiBeasi

  • Charles and Deborah Cox

    1 week, 5 days ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, John, and your family.

  • Lisa M Boyer

    1 week, 5 days ago

    This my friends, was one of the most wonderful men to have ever graced this planet. I'm not sure how I could possibly express how much he meant to me & how much he influenced my early childhood years. He blessed me with his humor, his unconditional love, his DELICIOUS bat dung tomatoes, & our mutual love of ice cream. I love you Dad Kramer. There are few as wonderful as you. Rest in Peace. Rest in Paradise. 

  • Teri Luna

    1 week, 4 days ago

    Gene L. kramer March 12, 2019 We knew the time would come I just didnt plan on it today If you would have asked for my opinion "Oh no...way to busy..." is something i might say As i get older i now know That our bodies take a toll A reflection of the life we live Radiates within our soul. I always thought that you were corny Sometimes i thought you were disturbed Did you expect anything less? You made Me believe that mushroom hunting was for those who were speechless. Years have passed and life moved on as i never thought it would I asked you once, along time ago "why did god take my grandma? Why on this day?" Without taking a breath or batting an eye you told me..... "We knew this day would come, you just didnt plan on it being today. If god had asked ur opinion what would you have to say.
  • Dennis Mathewson

    1 week, 4 days ago

     I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Recently I lost my dear mother,

      and found comfort in the Holy Bible, like at Isaiah 25 verse 8 - 

     "The Sovereign Lord will swallow up death forever, and wipe away  

     the tears from all faces."  Also at Revelation 21 verse 4 we find God's

     promise to remove both pain and death.  For more comfort, I turn to 

     the website at:  www.jw.org (Search: Comfort)  

  • Jeff Feldt, Patricia Feldt, Terry Feldt

    1 week, 4 days ago

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers, we lost our dad in april 2018.

  • Jack Kelly and Mary Chevalier

    1 week, 3 days ago

    So sorry for your loss, John and Annmarie. 

  • Joline Proud Kershaw

    1 week, 3 days ago

    So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. Praying for family.
  • Robert and June Deines

    1 week, 3 days ago

    Dear Kramer Family: So very sorry for your loss. We know Mike has found all the good fishing holes by now and he and your dad will be together once again. Our deepest condolences, Robert and June DeBary Florida
  • Robert and June Deines

    1 week, 3 days ago

    Dear Kramer Family: So very sorry for your loss. We know Mike has found all the good fishing holes by now and he and your dad will be together once again. Our deepest condolences, Robert and June DeBary Florida
  • Linda & Mark Milder

    1 week ago

    Our deepest sympathies to all. Hugs and prayers Carole and family, so sorry for your loss. 

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