William Lawrence (Henry) Kramer passed away peacefully 2:50 AM August 17, 2010 at the North Okanagan Hospice House in Vernon, BC after a short battle with cancer. Bill was lovingly supported by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren prior to and during his last days. Bill was 95 years of age at the time of his passing.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, wife Helen (August 18, 2000) brothers August, Matthew, Joe, Frank, John and sisters Louisa Walker, and Mary Essex. He is survived by his four children Carol (Arnold) Penno, Gerry (Marilyn) Kramer, Robert Kramer and Joan Kramer; grandchildren Sherry, Donna Loralie, William, Deborah, James, Allison and Sarah; 18 great grandchildren Crystal, Ashley, Tyler, Jayme, Jorden, Larissa, Francis, Ryan, Rebecca, CJ, Asia, Derek, Evynne, Rayne, Myah, Zoe, Mimi, James; and 5 great great grandchildren, Niah, Kiarrah, Braden, Morgan and Kaden. He is also survived by his brother Albert Kramer and sister Rita Stewart as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill was born June 25, 1915 on the farm at Usona, Alberta, the fifth child of Henry and Mary Kramer. He married Helen Kimmel from the Falun district and together they farmed a quarter section next to his parent’s homestead. Bill was bit by the forestry bug and started winter logging west of Rimbey, AB in the mid 40s. Eventually he sold the farm to his Brother Albert and in the fall of 1951 he and some of his hired men built a logging camp and sawmill at Castledale, south of Parson, BC. Bill moved his family to the Columbia Valley January 2, 1952 and he started a custom planing mill at Nicholson in September of 1955. Later on he acquired a portable planer and had that stationed in Revelstoke until it was destroyed by fire. At that time he retired and he and Helen began a life of travel in the Fleury motorhome. They moved to Vernon in the mid 80s to enjoy a warmer climate in the winter. Bill moved into Carrington Manor in Vernon in 2002 where he enjoyed assisted living. Bill was interested in everything mechanical and even joined the computer age when he was 82 years old.
Funeral Mass was celebrated August 21, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Golden, BC, with Reverend Father, James McHugh officiating, followed by interment of his cremains in the Golden Community Cemetery beside his wife Helen. The Catholic Women’s League provided a delicious luncheon.
In memoriam donations may be made to North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 -27TH Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4
or the Canadian Cancer Society.
The family is very appreciative of the loving care and dignity provided to their father by Hospice.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home with great assistance from Hindman Bowers Funeral Home in Golden.