William Kramer

William Lovell Kramer

1935 - 2021

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William Lovell Kramer, Captain USMC Retired A guiding light to many, William Lovell Kramer, Captain USMC Retired, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at the age of 86. He was born January 8, 1935, at the Point Arena Lighthouse in Mendocino County. His grandfather, Lovel Hamilton, was the lighthouse keeper. Bill spent his early years on the Mendocino Coast with his parents, Helen Arline Hamilton and George William McMillen. After graduating from Healdsburg High School in 1952, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. After graduating from recruit training, he became a drill instructor. Bill is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. He served honorably in the Marines for twenty years, earning several awards and medals. Bill's experience in the Marines played a very important role in his life. He frequently pointed out that the Marines taught him the value of discipline, teamwork and investing in a cause larger than himself. While home on leave, he met and married Betty Lou Frye in 1957. They had three children: David, Christina and Stephen and settled in Windsor, then in Santa Rosa. After Bill retired from the Marines as a Captain, he obtained a BA Degree from Sonoma State University with a double major in Physics and English. He worked for Weigh Tronix as the Manager of the Postal Division and retired in 1997. Bill also taught electronics courses at SRJC. Although he and Betty divorced, they remained close. Bill married Joan Kramer in 1989 and they moved to Hidden Valley Lake in 1998. There was nothing Bill liked better than making (and eating) sourdough pancakes with his family. The gatherings were a huge joy. He loved photography and built his own darkroom. He was an avid golfer for many years and a legendary cribbage player. Devoted to animals, he loved his German Shepard "King." A voracious reader, he enjoyed Shakespeare and historical nonfiction. Sports was another passion and he loved watching his children and grandchildren. Bill was a very kind and brave man and will be missed by many. Bill is survived by former spouses Betty Kramer and Joan Kramer; daughter Christina Kramer (Justin Reilly), sons David (Tammy Durston) Kramer and Steve (Amy) Kramer, six grandchildren and many other family and friends. We are thankful to Lena, his caregiver as well as the Middletown Senior Center for their assistance. A public service with full military Honors will be at Santa Rosa Memorial Park Shiloh Annex, 1750 Shiloh Road, Windsor on July 15 at 2:30 p.m. Afterwards, family and friends are invited to a reception at the Windsor Grange, 9161 Starr Road, Windsor. The family suggests memorials to The Wounded Warrior Project.
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2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Santa Rosa Memorial Park- Shiloh Annex
1750 Shiloh Rd
Windsor, California, United States
Graveside with Full Military Honors