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Information for Willis F. Kramer

27 April, 1911 - 7 December, 1986

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

December, 1986
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Willis Kramer

    Graveside services for Willis F. Kramer, 75, of Caldwell, who died Sunday, Dec. 7, at home of natural causes, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
    Bishop Del Bally of the Caldwell Fourth Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will officiate, under the direction of the Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
    Mr. Kramer was born April 27, 1911, in Nesbit, Neb., to Joseph and Annie E. Campbell Kramer.  
    As a young man, he farmed the family homestead for a year after his father died in 1929.  In 1930, he went to Grand Valley, Colo., where he went into the sheep business with his brother-in-law and sister, Hallie and Madeline Parkhurst.  In 1940, he moved to Anaheim, Calif., where he co-owned Bill and Fred's Service Station.  By 1941 he was working in Volta, Calif., constructing training aircraft.  He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served as an engineer-instructor in B-17s, B-24s and B-32s.
    He married Glenna Ralston July 8, 1944, in Nampa.
    He was honorably discharged from the Air Force at Lawery Field, Denver, Colo., in December 1945.
    They came in 1947 to Nampa, where he was employed by Fuller Paint and Glass as a glazier and glass cutter.  In 1950, he joined the painters union local No. 477 in Boise and was a painter for 27 years.
    In 1964, he came to Caldwell, where he purchased and managed the Andrae Apartments.
    He is survived by his wife of Caldwell; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Tammie Kramer of Boise; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Chet Zimmerly of Nampa and Ann and John Lezamiz of Twin Falls; three sisters, May (Mrs. Tom) Ambler of North Platte, Neb., Madeline Miles of Grand Junction, Colo., and Gladys (Mrs. Max) Faulkner of Denver; two brothers, Clifford Kramer of Stapleton, Neb., and Walter Kramer of Hemet, Calif.; and six grandchildren including, Shane and Dausha Zimmerly of Nampa.
    He was preceded in death by two brothers, Curtis and George.  Friends may call today until 9 p.m. at the Caldwell Dakan chapel.
    Memorials may be made to the Jeremy Ellis Family Heart Fund, Idaho First National Bank, Karcher branch, Nampa 83651; or flowers may  be sent.

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