Kenneth J. Kramer, 69, of rural Wapakoneta, died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at his family farm.
He was born on May 24, 1944, in Sidney, the son of the late John and Emma (Lindhaus) Kramer. He was a graduate of Botkins High School, and served with the U.S. Army in Germany and the United States. On Sept. 4, 1965, he married Nancy K. Kritesin of Wapakoneta. His wife of 48 years survives on the family farm near Wapakoneta.
Ken was the owner and operator of Lazy K Farms and was a lifelong farmer. He and his family had expanded the Kramer family farm, started by his father, into a large operation which included several agricultural-related businesses. He was a proud man who took great pride in the crops he produced and the appearance of the land he loved.
He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Fryburg. He was also a lifelong member of the Bowersock Bros. V.F.W. Post 6772, Spencerville, and a member of the Buckeye Farm Antiques, Inc.
He was also a member of the Farm Bureau. In addition, he proudly supported the Wounded Warrior Project, Botkins Future Farmers of America, and 4-H projects and endeavors of his grandchildren. His greatest love was his family and he found the most joy spending time with them and seeing them achieve their life goals.
He was the rock of the family, sharing his knowledge, experiences and advice with his children and grandchildren he loved deeply. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include two sons, Toby Kramer and Troy (Sarah) Kramer, both of Wapakoneta, and a daughter, Tami (Jeremy) Rable of St. Marys. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Courtney and friend Paul, Michaela, Kenneth II, Ean, Esdon and Cameron Kramer, and Quincy, Cora, and Reese Rable.
In addition, he is survived by siblings, Irene Schaffer, JoAnn Averesch, Ivo (Camille) Kramer, and Myron (Linda) Kramer; by a sister-in-law, Alma Kramer; numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law from his wife’s family, along with many nieces, nephews, business associates and friends.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Rita Fronk and Gloria Bauer; a brother, Paul Kramer; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Rose Krites; and a nephew John Schaffer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Catholic Church, Fryburg, the Rev. Oscar Seger, officiating.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Bayliff and Eley Funeral Home, State Route 501, Wapakoneta. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Auglaize County Agricultural Society.
Condolences may be expressed at BayliffAndEleyFh.com.