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Robert J. Kraemer, Sr.

Robert J. Kraemer, Sr.

1925 - 2017

Robert J. Kraemer, Sr., of Wright Street, Adams, NY, passed away May 21, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.
 
Mr. Kraemer was born July 16, 1925 in Watertown, son of Joseph J. and Vera Mae McDermott Kraemer.  He attended Sacred Heart and Watertown High Schools.  At the age of seventeen he enlisted in the Reserves, before entering the Unites States Navy.  He served 26 years, during World War II, and both, Korean and Vietnam Wars.  He was honorably discharged as Chief Engineman in June of 1968.  Mr. Kraemer was a letter carrier for the US Postal Service for 12 years retiring in 1980.  He was also a rural delivery carrier for the Watertown Daily Times in Southern Jefferson County.
 
On May 17, 1947, he married Betty Mae Hanson at the Wedding Bell Chapel in San Diego, CA.  The couple renewed their vows at St. Cecilia’s Church in Adams, NY in 1957.  The couple celebrated 65 years of marriage.  Mrs. Kraemer passed in November of 2012.
 
Surviving are two sons, Robert J. Jr., Nashville, TN, Richard J. and Sparrow, Gettysburg, PA, four daughters, Linda Colburn, Boston, MA, Patricia Kraemer, Watertown, NY, Kathleen Kraemer, Nashville TN, and Elizabeth and Richard Ryder, Adams, NY, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Mary E. Hastings, Carthage, NY.
 
Mr. Kraemer was a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Watertown and St. Cecilia’s in Adams.  He was a third-generation Eagles FOE member, a life member of the Northside Improvement League, South Jefferson VFW Post 5344, and American Legion Post 586 in Adams, NY.  In retirement, he volunteered many years as a driver for Meals on Wheels and enjoyed delivering Christmas dinners for South Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.  He was an avid bowler on numerous leagues at Adams Bowling Club and South Jeff Lanes.  He enjoyed gardening, completing NY Times crossword puzzles, traveling, collecting stamps and coins, reading and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the compassionate care provided to their father by home health aides, Stephanie, Cassandra, Christine, and Caitlin throughout his final months.
 
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4 to7 pm at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home.  A prayer service will be held at 11am Wednesday May 24th at the funeral home with Reverend Jonas Tandayu officiating.  Burial with full military honors will be held at Calvary Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 5344 or to the American Legion Post 586, both in Adams, NY.  Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com.


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To the family of Bob Kramer
Thinking of you in this difficult time. I remember Bob as a very sincere, loving man with a great sense of humour. I always looked forward to seeing him even when we were having difficult times here. It has been a long time since we have seen everyone but I remember Bob fondly. With sincere thoughts of you and your family. Kathy

By Kathryn Dowdell on 05 25, 2017


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Bob will be missed.  He was a wonderful person.
We go back a long way go bowling & the VFW
My prayers & thoughts to the family

By Eunice Wescott on 05 24, 2017


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Our prayers and thoughts go to you at this very difficult time.  We understand your pain and extend our most heartfelt sympathy.  Uncle Bob was a wonderful man. His presence commanded respect and admiration.  He will be greatly missed. Aunt Betty is once again with the love of her life and Uncle Bob is with his sweetheart.

By Randy Hanson family on 05 24, 2017


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We send our heartfelt sympathy and love to Linda, Patricia, Robert Junior, Richard, Kathy and Elizabeth on the passing of a dear, and wonderful Dad. May you find comfort in your many, many happy memories. Rest in Peace, cousin, Bob. Will keep your memory tucked away in our hearts.

By Donieta & Cliff Lister on 05 23, 2017


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Bob was a leader of the greatest generation. He served his family, his community and his nation throughout his life. I’d like to be there when he gets together with Big Daddy again.

By Pat Corbett on 05 23, 2017


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My condolences to Bob’s family, friends and associates, especially to Linda, Patricia, Bob and Richard, who I fondly remember from church, school and just “hanging out” in Adams.  May you all be comforted by fond memories of your Dad in the days ahead.

By Kevin Larkin on 05 23, 2017


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In their younger years Bob and my Dad were best friends.When my Dad passed at the very young age of 33,I remember"Uncle Bob"and “Aunt Betty” being there to help my Mom,brother and I thru such a horrible time. We were so blessed to have had them in our lives. Even though we lost contact over the years.they both have held a special place in my heart. RIP Uncle Bob,you Dad and Uncle Joe Corbett are back together again.

 

By Sandra (Howland) Stone on 05 23, 2017


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My condolences to your family.  My husband worked with your Dad as a recruiter in Wat’n.  Actually I worked next door.  My husband, Everett R Bowden, died on 2006 from agent orange.  May you keep all your fond memories, to help you make closure.  Thinking of you all at this time.

By Mary L. Bowden on 05 23, 2017


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Sending my sympathies to the family.

By Mary Alice Patchen Lowe on 05 23, 2017


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Dear Kramer family

My deepest sympathy. Bob was a great guy. It was a honor to take his place on the bowling team. God Bless you all. Paul

By paul n fiegl on 05 23, 2017


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I am so very sorry for your loss.  Please take comfort that he led a long life with family and friends and is now at peace and comfort.

By Mark Lampson on 05 23, 2017


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