William S. Kramer
William S. Kramer, 94, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early in the morning of Friday, Jan. 20, 2006.
He was born on July 8, 1911 in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of the late James and Alice (nee Smith) Kramer.
He met and married Helen Unruh in Lancaster, Pa. They were married on March 2, 1940 and his beloved wife preceded him in death on April 17, 2004 after 64 years of marriage.
In 1943, the couple answered a call to go west to Montana as rural missionaries with the Rocky Mountain Faith Mission.
They worked as church planters, taught Sunday school and held Vacation Bible Schools throughout Montana in small towns and villages that had no functioning fundamental churches.
In 1960, the couple moved to Simms, Mont. where Bill took his first full-time pastorate and Helen found her calling as a pastorís wife.
They moved to Cheyenne, Wyo. in 1964 where Bill was the associate pastor of a large church, then to a small church in Meeteetse, Wyo. in 1966. In 1969, they moved to Connecticut where they served in three churches before retiring in 1976.
They moved back to Wyoming, where they lived in Lander until moving to Wisconsin in 1984.
In 1986, the Lord called them out of retirement, and Bill pastored a small country church in Goodrich, until Helenís health forced them to resign in 2000.
They then moved to Kewaskum, where they lived until moving to Manor Care Health Services in Fond du Lac in November 2002.
Survivors include three sons, James H. (Marlyn) Kramer of Georgetown, Texas, Kenneth P. (Mary) Kramer of Lomira and William A. (Brenda) Kramer of Waterford, Conn.; three daughters, Helen M. (Paul) Lamb of Casper, Wyo., Mary Alice (Bob) Hammar of Georgetown, Texas and Elizabeth A. Cooper of Bruceton, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Walter.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Calvary Bible Church in Fond du Lac with Pastor Vern Smith officiating.
Memorials to Midwest Indian Mission in Crandon are appreciated.
The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum is assisting the family.
Additional information and guest book may be found at www.millermartinfh.com.