William J. Kramer, age 96, of Fremont, and current resident of Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, died on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca.
He was born on September 30, 1918 in Fremont, the son of the late William and Esther (Peters) Kramer. Bill graduated from Weyauwega Fremont High School in 1936 and from UW Madison Short Course Agricultural program in 1939. In 1940, Bill enlisted in the US Army where he served in the medical department until he was discharged 1945. He remained in the Army Reserves for three more years. After being discharged, Bill returned to the family farm in Fremont. He married Georgianna Handschke on August 9, 1942 and they shared 65 years together before she preceded him in death on October 14, 2007. Bill was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fremont, where he served on various boards, including chairman of the building committee in 1960 and 1993. He was a lifetime member of Wolf River American Legion Post 391 in Fremont and served as commander, adjutant service officer and commander of the color guard. Bill also served as vice-chairman of the Waupaca County Board and chairman and member of other county committees. He was a former chairman of the Lake Winnebago Land Conservation Association, and was also a former director of Consolidated Badger Milk Co-op, and a former 4H leader. Bill enjoyed fishing, sturgeon season, and hunting, especially out west in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado, which he did for over 35 years.
Bill is survived by a son, Roger, Fremont; two daughters, Diane (David )Hintz, Waupaca, and Carol (Brian) Keenan, Fremont; a son-in-law, David Schoonover, Green Bay; nine grandchildren: Tom, Ruth, Angela, William III, Nichol (Rick), Eric, Melissa (Martin), Lynn, Amy (Adrian); six great-grandchildren: Keagan, Reid, Braydon, Brycen, Marley, and Nico; a brother, Robert (Margaret) Kramer, Weyauwega; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna and his daughter-in-law, Susan.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 107 Tustin Rd., Fremont. Pastor Stephen Pope will officiate. Military rites will be performed by Wolf River American Legion Post 391. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 4-7 p.m. at the Lewin Funeral Home, Fremont, and on Friday, at the church, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. A memorial fund has been established. Bill’s family would like to thank the staff at Wisconsin Veterans Home, MacArthur Hall 3rd floor for their gentle care and compassion shown towards Bill while he was a resident there.