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Robert Kramer - September 01, 2012

The Rev. Robert L. Kramer, 77, of Reidland, Ky., died and was called home by his Lord Sept. 1, 2012 at 6:35 p.m. at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. He was born on a ranch in Wages, the third child of Edward and Mabel Kramer.

He was ordained as a minister of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod August 1972. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Carbondale, Ill. He served as an elder for many years.

Rev. Kramer was a prison chaplain in Illinois for Districts Church for over 20 years until he became disabled and retired. He served as pastor to congregations in Golconda and Naperville, Ill. and as vacancy pastor for several congregations.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill., a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Ill., a Master of Science degree in social and criminal justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. and a Juris Doctor degree from Northern Illinois University, College of Law in Dekalb, Ill.

Although disabled with chronic back pain, diabetes and kidney disease for many years, he never wavered in his faith. “The Lord is in control and He never gives us more than we can handle” was often his comment. His quiet manner and dry sense of humor are remembered by those who loved and appreciated him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Kramer; sister, Thelma Beierle; and daughter-in-law, Helen Lane.

Bob is survived by his wife, Claudia (Daymon) Kramer; four daughters, Connie Kramer of Golconda, Ill., Meloney Rhea and husband Delton of Ledbetter, Ky., Karla Suits and husband Jim and Kathy Suits and husband Jerry of Golconda; three stepchildren, Linda Hanks and husband George of Harrisburg, Ill., Jim Lane of Waterloo, Ill. and Brad Lane and wife Debbie of St. Louis, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Maxine Pierce of Greeley, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

His body was cremated. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 700 University Ave. in Carbondale, Ill., with Rev. Robert Gray officiating. Memorials may be made to the Prison Ministry, Human Care Services, Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, 1333 South Kirkwood Rd., P.O. Box 229007, St. Louis, MO 63122, or the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.

Hughes Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

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