Armstrong, MO resident, Bob Cramer, passed away at The Bluffs in Columbia, MO, March 3, 2018. He was 83 years of age.
Bob Cramer was born Jan. 29, 1935, in Cherryvale, Kan., the son of Joe and Zelma Pauline (Kriebel) Cramer. He graduated from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, KS. Upon graduation, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1955. Bob attended J.B. Palmer Chiropractic School. On February 29, 1992, Bob married Dolores Horvath at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Riverside, IL. For 20 years, Bob worked in Davenport, IA as Maintenance Engineering Supervisor for Oscar Mayer. He was also employed at Grand Geneva Resort in Wisconsin, and Akzo Chemical Co. in McCook, IL. Bob stayed active after retirement holding positions of various capacities and contributing to the Armstrong community. He served as City Alderman, Park Board President and even dressed as Santa and the Easter Bunny during the holidays. He also served as an after-school tutor for the Fayette School District and enjoyed being a part of the CMU Huddle group. He was a life member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion – Glasgow Post 211. It wasn’t uncommon for Bob to fix a bike or mow the lawn for a neighbor out of sheer goodwill. Bob’s best days were spent on the water. He loved boating and enjoyed sharing that joy by taking friends for boat rides.
In a hundred years from now, we are not remembered by the house we had, the car we drove or the money we had in the bank but by the lives we touched. Bob had a heart for children. He was there along with my mom to tutor children after school, to provide treats for them after school when they got off the school bus that let them off in front of their house. In a town of around 200, whenever I visited, you could count at least two times a day that someone would show up on their front porch and ask for advice, or for help. It was his greatest joy to serve his community. One of the many legacy’s Bob Cramer leaves behind was written years ago in a local paper. Bob and Dolores retired to Armstrong, a small rural town so small there is no gas station but, now has an Amazing Diner. Bob had a servant’s heart for children and community, which drove and inspired him to rebuild a park for the children in Armstrong. This was the second park he had built for a small town. The first was in Lake Como, Wisconsin where there was none.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores Cramer, of the home; five daughters, Jennifer (Matt) McGrath, of Woodridge, IL, Jacqueline Lickerman, of Hometown, IL, Michelle (Dave) Anderson, of Sugarland, TX, Mary Ann (Andy) Machi, of Lake Geneva, WI, and Rebecca (Dave) Doles, of Monroe, LA; 13 grandchildren; brother, Jim (Dana) Cramer, of Yukon, OK; and beloved companion and service dog, Clover. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a son, John Anderson.
A memorial service honoring Mr. Cramer’s life will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville. Service includes full military honors and will be officiated by Pastor Bob Schultz. Inurnment will be held following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Legion – Glasgow Post 211. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service in Fayette, MO.