Kramer, Robert Joseph

Kramer, Robert Joseph

Male 1954 - 2008  (53 years)

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  • Name Kramer, Robert Joseph  [1, 2, 3
    Nickname Bobby 
    Born 15 Nov 1954  Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Apr 2008  Hood River County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Buried Idlewilde Cemetery, Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I65621  Sackett
    Last Modified 2 May 2021 

    Father Kramer, Leon William,   b. 25 Aug 1934, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Mother Living 
    Children
    +1. Kramer, Robert Joseph,   b. 15 Nov 1954, Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 2008, Hood River County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     
    Family ID F26114  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 2 May 2021 
    Family ID F26117  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Nov 1954 - Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Apr 2008 - Hood River County, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Idlewilde Cemetery, Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Robert Joseph Kramer (1954-2008)
    Robert Joseph Kramer (1954-2008)
    Obituary photo from Anderson Tribute Center

  • Sources 
    1. [S1052] Oregon, U.S., Death Index, 1898-2008, (Ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3), 2 May 2021.
      Name: Robert J Kramer
      Age: 54
      Birth Date: 1954
      Death Date: 25 Apr 2008
      Death Place: Hood River

      Researched by Ted Smith

    2. [S884] U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, (Ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3), 2 May 2021.
      Name: Robert Joseph Kramer
      Social Security Number: 544-64-2124
      Birth Date: 15 Nov 1954
      Issue Year: 1967-1968
      Issue State: Oregon
      Last Residence: Oregon
      Death Date: 25 Apr 2008

      Researched by Ted Smith

    3. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) (Reliability: 2), 2 May 2021.


      Full obituary published by Anderson's Tribute Center; April 2008

      Survived his wife of twenty-six years;one daughter and son-in-law; his mother; his father and step-mother; four brothers; a sister; seventeen nieces and nephews; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles and other family members.
      Inscription

      FLY
      WITH ME
      KRAMER
      ROBERT JOSEPH NOVEMBER 15, 1954-APRIL 25, 2008
      My life small in size, splashed the world with color.
      Now my memories ride the winds of earth and heaven.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    4. [S1018] Obituary (Reliability: 3), 2 May 2021.
      Obituary for Robert "Bob" Kramer
      https://www.andersonstributecenter.com/memorials/robert-kramer/182290/obituary.php

      Robert "Bobby" Kramer

      On Friday, April 25, 2008, Robert J. "Bobby" Kramer, a beloved friend and life long member of the community was taken from us in a tragic farm accident.

      Bob was born in Hood River on Nov. 15, 1954, to Anita Hasagawa and Leon Kramer. He attended both Frankton Elementary School and Wy'East High School. During his early school years Bob enjoyed playing little league baseball, and in his later years Bob was on the high school wrestling team. He was told that he wouldn't be able to do either, but at an early age proved he could do whatever he set his mind to. Bob graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 1973. Except for a brief stint living in Portland while attending Mt. Hood Community College with his brother, Allan Tengwall, Bob lived in Hood River the entire 53 years of his life.

      Bobby was known by all as a fun loving and adventurous man. He enjoyed life, his friends, and mostly his family which has expanded over the years to include most of Hood River County. Bobby was a stranger to no-one; you met Bob once and you were friends forever. Bob was a very personable and confident man. A man with a huge personality, and a sense of humor to match. Bob was known best for his playful banter and mischievous ways. Bobby was always up for a challenge. He was determined to the point of stubborn. At 4' 4" Bob was bigger than most men and he stood 7' tall. He was told many times that he couldn't do it, or it couldn't be done. He took great pride in proving it could be done, he could do it, and in proving you wrong.

      Family and friends were Bob's universe; his wife Anita and daughter Tara were the center of his universe. The Kramer house is considered home by many. Kids throughout the valley called Bob "Dad" and call Anita "Mom." Dinner was always a social event which Bob relished. Kids were drawn to the Kramer home because they could confide in Bob. He would tell them how it was. He put it to them straight and didn't pull any punches. All kids were treated with respect, and Bob demanded and received respect in return.

      Bobby loved many things. He was an avid Harley-Davidson fan enjoying all things Harley, and was planning to purchase a Harley trike. Bob loved animals, but dogs and cats were his favorites. He loved to watch and participate in sports. Bowling was a favorite sport, and he was a league bowler for many years. Bob also loved to play golf and especially enjoyed those times when he played with his father, Leon Kramer. It surprised many of his closest friends that Bob could out drive them on the golf course. He enjoyed playing both sports until back problems prevented him from continuing to play. In addition to sports Bob was involved in the community. He was an active member for over 30 years in the Hood River Elks Lodge, and past officer. He was also a member of the American Legion, and a member of Little People of America (LPA).

      Bob met Anita at an LPA convention in 1973 after Anita pushed him into a swimming pool. In true form, Bob did get her back later that night. They continued a long distance romance for a number of years until they were married in Tempe, Arizona, on Feb. 20, 1982. A source of great pride, the joy and light of his life, his daughter Tara, was born in 1983.

      Bobby was employed by the US Forest Service for 19 years as a dispatcher, purchasing agent, and fire supply supervisor; a job at which he excelled. Bob was known state wide as the man that "Would" get the job done. His reputation for getting things done earned Bob and his family numerous interrupted summer outings, events, and even a vacation as the Forest Service tracked Bob down where-ever he was because he was needed to help fight a forest fire.

      After the passing of Bob's step-father, Tom Hasagawa, in 1993, Bob worked with his brother Kenny Kramer for a short period running the family orchard. In 1996, Bob retired from the forest service to help his mother, Anita Hasagawa, manage the orchard full- time. Once again people told Bob he couldn't do it, and once again Bobby proved "anything is possible." Bob became a great Orchardist growing top quality fruit, and earned the respect of orchardists throughout the valley.

      On April 19, 2008, it was Bob's greatest pleasure and honor to walk his daughter Tara down the wedding isle, and to welcome Todd A. Williams into his family. Bob's star shined brightest that night as he saw his daughter get married to a man Bob loved and was honored to call son. He was in his element; surrounded by family and friends at the dinner table laughing and telling jokes. The look in his eyes and the smile on his face during the father-daughter dance made it apparent that this day was one of the happiest of Bob's life.

      Bob leaves behind an extended family that loves and misses him dearly. He is survived by: Anita Kramer, his wife of 26 years, daughter and son-in-law, Tara & Todd Williams, mother Anita Hasagawa, father and step-mother Leon & Joanne Kramer, all of Hood River. Bob is also survived by four brothers and a sister: brother and sister-in-law Kenny & Lori Kramer, of Maricopa, AZ, brother and sister-in-law Allan and Julie Tengwall, of Hood River, sister and brother-in-law Lynn & Marc Potter, of Myrtle Point, OR, brother Mark Tengwall, of Portland, OR, and brother Wayne Tengwall, of Hood River. Bob also leaves behind 17 adoring nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, countless friends that are considered family, uncounted children of different parents, and broken hearted women throughout the state.

      Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, on Friday, May 2, 2008, at the Bowe Theater at Hood River Valley High School. The family requests informal dress with jeans and Harley-Davidson T-shirts encouraged. Grave side services will be held afterward at Idlewild Cemetery. Following the grave side services you are invited to join the family at The Hood River Elks Lodge for refreshments.

      Donations can be made to the Robert Kramer memorial fund in care of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals - Receptions - Cremations) 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031 www.andersonstributecenter.com

      Researched by Ted Smith


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