Henry M. Kramer, age 88, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa.
His services will be 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Troy Van Beek ~ officiating. Burial with Military Graveside Services by the: Sheldon V.F.W. Bunker-Peterson Post #7354 and the American Legion Mc Glothlen-Cowie Post #145 of Sheldon, IA will be held at 9:45 A.M. at the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.
Visitation will be Friday, August 10, 2012 after 4:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.
Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com
Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.
Henry Martin Kramer, the son of Martin and Ida (Nieuwenhuis) Kramer was born on July 17, 1924 in Orange City, Iowa. He received his elementary education at the Orange City Christian School in Orange City, Iowa and the Lynden Christian School in Lynden, Washington and attended high school in Newkirk, Iowa. He then joined the United States Army during WW II and served in the European Theater of Operations as a medic, driving the ambulance. After the service he returned to Iowa and was united in marriage to Geneva Oolbekkink on November 20, 1946 in the Newkirk Reformed Church in Newkirk, Iowa. The couple made their home in Sheldon, where Henry worked at a radiator shop, Fedders & DeJong Hatchery and for the Farmers Co-op Elevator as a truck driver until he retired in 1986. Henry passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa reaching the age of 88 years and 23 days.
He was a charter member of Bethel Reformed Church in Sheldon and served as an usher. He enjoyed playing softball, fishing, gardening, growing flowers and bird watching. He also loved being outdoors either in the mountains or by a lake.
Memories of Henry are cherished by his wife of 65 years, Geneva; and their children, Marvin Kramer of Leander, TX; Leland Kramer of Sioux City, IA; Peggy and her husband, Ted Riepma of Sheldon, IA and Dixie and her husband, Gordon MacNeil of Tuscaloosa, AL; six grandchildren, Ami Kramer, Dave Kramer, Rachel (Dan) Hoeck, Kim Riepma, Toni Stroup, Kelly MacNeil; four great-grandchildren, Logan and Jerran Kramer, Brynn Hoeck, Boston Matzke; and a sister, Aletta O’Neal of Seattle, WA; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Kramer; his parents; a brother-in-law, Andy O’Neal and seven brothers and sisters-in-law and their spouses.