Solomon G. Cramer, 98


The Rev. Solomon G. Cramer, 98, of West Bend passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Cedar Community Nursing Home, West Bend. His adult life centered around ministry in the United Methodist Church and he was the longest serving clergy in the Wisconsin Conference.

He was born in Franklin Township, Plain, Wis., on Feb. 10, 1914, to Oscar and Caroline (Schneller) Cramer. He graduated from Prairie du Sac High School in 1932 and attended the University of Wisconsin Agricultural Short Course for one year until becoming seriously ill. Upon recovery, he attended North Central College, class of 1938, and then graduated from Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1941. He did post-graduate study at Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Dubuque Seminary.

The Rev. Cramer was united in marriage to Irene Klinzing on Dec. 23, 1941, and she preceded him in death in 1998. They were active and faithful partners in Christian service all of their married lives serving in the following E.U.B. and United Methodist Churches: Oak Creek Community, Denmark Zion, Appleton Emmanuel, Milwaukee Calvary, Chippewa Falls Zion and Fond du Lac Salem. After retirement, he served as interim pastor at Dale U.C.C., Neenah-Menasha First U.M.C., Two Rivers Grace U.C.C., Center Emmanuel U.M.C. (SY). He also served on the U.M.C. area staff from 1968-1971. Following the church appointments, he accepted the position of regional director, Staff and Field Representative of Educational Opportunities, Lakeland, Fla. He and Irene then traveled extensively and led educational tours throughout the world.

Survivors include a brother, Calvin (Pat) Cramer of Lodi, a sister-in-law, Bonnie Klinzing of Richland Center, many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, Ruby Koch and Ramona Doverspike, brothers, Leslie and Allan Cramer, sisters-in-law, Helen Klinzing and Marlys Cramer, and brothers in- law, Everett and Loren Klinzing and the Rev. John Koch.

A memorial service will be held at the Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, 323 S. Fifth Ave., West Bend on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. A family burial service was held at the Prairie du Sac Cemetery. Memorials may be to the Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church or Cedar Lake Community, 5595 Highway Z, West Bend, WI 53095.

The family wishes to thank the Cedar Lake Community for the compassionate care given Sol during his time there.

Hooverson Funeral Home, Sauk City, is assisting the family with
arrangements; hooversonfuneralhomes.com or (608) 643-6430.