Created: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 03:58:00 CST
Updated: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:00:33 CST
Richard J. "Dick" Cramer
Age - 88
7/7/1925 - 9/27/2013
Marquette, NE - Marquette, NE
Monday, September 30, 2013
United Methodist Church
Central City, NE
Funeral services will be Monday, September 30th at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Central City with Rev. Tess Hufford officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, September 29th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Solt Funeral Home in Central City. Interment is in the Arborville Cemetery near Polk.
Richard James "Dick" Cramer, 88, of Turtle Beach near Marquette, died at his home on Friday, September 27, 2013. Funeral services will be Monday, September 30th at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Central City with Rev. Tess Hufford officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, September 29th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Solt Funeral Home in Central City. Interment is in the Arborville Cemetery near Polk. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com.
Richard was born on July 7, 1925, in Marquette to Roy and Mayplet (Given) Cramer. He was educated in Marquette Schools. After completing his education, Richard drove truck in Polk and worked at a bakery in Denver before joining the United States Navy. After his discharge from the Navy, Richard returned to Polk and drove truck for his uncle, Henry Cramer. On January 4, 1945, Richard was united in marriage to Dorothy J. Sealey in Smith Center, Kansas. He farmed with his father near Swede Home and operated his own trucking business. They moved to Laramie, Wyoming where Richard worked as a brakeman and a fireman for the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1955, Richard began driving truck for PIE and they moved to Denver. During that time, Richard and family joined the Harvey Park Baptist Church where Richard was baptized. Still working for PIE, they moved to Brighton, Colorado where Richard started a subdivision of homes, many of which he built. They eventually moved to Loveland and lived there until 1970, when Richard retired from PIE. In 1970, the family moved back to the home place in Swede Home when Richard's father retired. There, he farmed until 1989 when he retired. Richard became involved full-time with Dorothy operating their antique business in Stromsburg. He especially liked dealing in old toys, weather vanes, and cast iron items. Until the last few years, they traveled coast to coast taking part in antique shows. In later years, Richard became famous for his dog, "Dozer". Richard took him everywhere and "Dozer" became very popular wherever they went. Richard also enjoyed keeping his big yard on the lake in immaculate condition.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dorothy of Marquette; four children - Richard and Shelly Cramer of Aurora, Colorado; Diana and Dennis Bruns of Loveland, Colorado; Michael and Deborah Cramer of Stromsburg; and Susie and John Wheeler of Loveland; thirteen grandchildren - Todd Bruns, Buffy Bruns, Kammi Bothwell, Matthew Cramer, Dana Podrasky, Kristy Cramer, Joel Cramer, Mitch Cramer, Dan Cramer, Camen Wheeler, Jordan Wheeler, Samantha Wheeler, and Hillary Wheeler; 22 great grandchildren; and one sister - Marion Jones of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters - Eulalia Martin and Margaret Dahlberg.