Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Kenneth J. Kramer, 69, of rural Wapakoneta, died unexpectedly July 28, 2013, at his family farm.
He was born May 24, 1944, in Sidney, to John and Emma (Lindhaus) Kramer. On Sept. 4, 1965, he married Nancy K. Krites in Wapakoneta, and she survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Toby Kramer and Troy (Sarah) Kramer, both of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Tami (Jeremy) Rable, St. Marys; nine grandchildren, Courtney and friend, Paul, Michaela, Kenneth II, Ean, Esdon and Cameron Kramer, and Quincy, Cora and Reese Rable; siblings, Irene Schaffer, JoAnn Averesch, Ivo (Camille) Kramer and Myron (Linda) Kramer; a sister-in-law, Alma Kramer; numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; many nieces, nephews, business associates and friends.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Rita Fronk and Gloria Bauer; a brother, Paul Kramer; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Rose Krites; and a nephew, John Schaffer.
He was a graduate of Botkins High School, and served with the U.S. Army in Germany and the United States. He was the owner and operator of Lazy K Farms and a lifelong farmer. He and his family had expanded the Kramer Family Farm, started by his father, into a large operation which included several agricultural-related businesses. He was a proud man who took great pride in the crops he produced and the appearance of the land he loved. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Fryburg. He was also a life member of the Bowersock Bros. VFW Post #6772, Spencerville, and a member of the Buckeye Farm Antiques, Inc., and Farm Bureau.
He proudly supported the Wounded Warrior Project, Botkins Future Farmers of America, 4-H projects and endeavors of his grandchildren. His greatest love was his family and he found the most joy spending time with them and seeing them achieve their life goals. He was the rock of the family, sharing his knowledge, experiences and advice with his children and grandchildren he loved deeply. He will be greatly missed.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at St. John Catholic Church, Fryburg, the Rev. Oscar Seger officiating.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Monday and 9-10 a.m. Aug. 6 at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, state Route 501, Wapakoneta.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Auglaize County Agricultural Society.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandeleyfh.com.