Michael ‘Mike’ Kramer, 87, of Linton
Mike was born July 9, 1925, on a farm northeast of Linton, the son of John and Magdalena (Bichler) Kramer. He was raised and educated near Strasburg. Mike’s mother died during childbirth. The family lived on several area farms before they settled on a farm four miles west of Linton. In 1947, Mike started with Peterson Electric in Linton. In 1948, he and Corny Heppner started MAC Electric.
Mike married Maggie Glasser at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Nov. 20, 1950. In the early 1950’s they changed the business name to K & H Electric. At the same time, Mike and Corny also owned The Club Room in Linton. In the early 1960’s, Mike bought out K & H Electric and Corny continued to own The Club Room.
In 2009, Mike retired from K & H Electric and sold the business to his sons, Mylo and Bob Kramer.
Mike served in the National Guard and was a member of the Linton Park Board, Linton Fire Department, Linton Lions Club, Linton Jaycees, Linton Country Club and a lifetime Elks Club member. He enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, hunting, roller skating and dancing.
Mike is survived by his wife, Maggie, Linton, four sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Karen Kramer, Sleepy Hollow, Ill., Jeffrey and Roberta Kramer, Spokane, Wash., Mylo and Kathy Kramer, Linton and Bob and Melissa Kramer, Linton; two daughters and sons-inlaw, Debra and Mike Evans of Spokane, and Brenda and Steve Weber of Lolo, Mont.; 11 grandchildren, Josh Guthmueller, Kollin Kramer, Nichole Whitaker, Nathan Weber, Margo Kramer, Andrea Weber, Lakin Kramer, McKenzie Kramer, Andrew Kramer, Michael Kramer and Ethan Kramer; five greatgrandchildren, Noah Kramer, Ian Kramer, Keani Guthmueller, Felicia Guthmueller and Rio Guthmueller; four brothers and three sisters-inlaw, Raymond and Lorraine Kramer, Minneapolis, Minn., Leo and Alicia Kramer, Mandan, Joe Kramer, Casa Grande, Ariz., and Clarence and Gloria Kramer, Lyndon Station, Wis.; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Rose Goetz, Bismarck, Katie Malsom, Tucson, Ariz., and Madeleine and Marvin Winkelmann, Markham, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Jeremy James Kramer, and three sisters,Ann Horner, Luella “Lori” Smith, and Isabel “Leonie” Schoumacher.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Linton with the Rev. David Richter officiating. Organist was Catherine Unger. Song leaders were Diane Wangler and Bridget Bemis. Scripture readers were Karen Kramer and Roberta Kramer. Communion minister was Agnes Mosset. Gift bearers were Debra Evans and Brenda Weber. Mass servers were Jack Sannes and Tate Scherr Music was “Remember Me,” ”One Day at a Time,” “Amazing Grace,” “Here I am, Lord” and “Be Not Afraid.”
Casketbearers were the grandchildren.
Burial was in St.Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery, Linton.