Richard Charles Kramer, 83, El Dorado Springs, departed his life on March 30, 2013, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield.
He was born to Frank and Elna Marie (Hollister) Kramer on Sept. 3, 1929, in Mahattan, KS, the sixth of seven children. Growing up on a farm, he attended public school in Desoto, KS. After graduation, Richard enrolled in college at KU in Lawrence majoring in Civil Engineering. He was a proud Jayhawk fan.
While in college Richard was in the Navy Reserves at KU and in his sophomore year he was drafted to active duty, omitting boot camp and directly sent to the Philippines to build airport runways and buildings for the troops at the beginning of the Korean conflict. After two and a half years of duty, Richard returned back to KU and graduated from the Civil Engineering College with a Masters Degree in Engineering. Richard began working for Buchannan Brothers Construction Company in Kansas City, KS.
Richard met the love of his life, Mary. They were married three years. Losing his wife and baby, Richard traveled for Buchannan Brothers Construction on many jobs. He was working at Ft. Smith, AR, building a new lake and dam in the area when he was sent to a company meeting with the Corp of Engineers in Joplin. While in Joplin he met Edna Carter who became his wife of 50 years. He became the father of her two sons, Gene and Gary Carter. The family spent lots of time together on vacations water skiing, fishing or just riding in the boat. The boys played football in school and Richard and Edna was there to cheer the team on.
In 1970 Richard and Edna decided to take an early retirement. Gene had graduated and Gary had a year of high school left. Still living in Merriam, KS, they took a weekend drive down to look over the project of Stockton Dam and make a company bid on the job. They both loved the area of Cedar County and checked out some property, buying some land for future retirement.
Four years later Richard was called back to Kansas City by CS Ehinger Construction and Buchannan Brother to go look at the new project of the waterway from New Orleans to Saint Louis. When this four-year project was completed, Richard and Edna returned back to El Dorado Springs. Together they drew plans for a new home and workshop and garage.
Richard worked maintenance with Jim Hopkins at the El Dorado Springs School. Together they made cost effective and upgrading improvements on buildings. Later Richard worked for the Nevada Housing Authority doing the same for apartments.
Richard and Edna decided they would retire for good. They enjoyed their five-acre yard, planting trees, flowers and a small garden. The both loved to take the boat out sight seeing, watching wildlife, the eagles and doing some fishing. Weekends were spent with two granddaughters fishing in the pond or the river. Richard and his good friend, Joe Palmer, were longtime fishing buddies. They knew where the crappie were and a fish fry was always enjoyed. Both guys believed in the sport of fishing – catch and release so others could enjoy the fun of fishing.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Mary of three years; wife, Edna of 50 years; his parents; brothers – Dale, Roger, William and Frank; and his stepson, Gary.
He is survived by his older sister, Katheryn Roark – Manhattan, KS; older brother, Ed Kramer, and wife, Wilma – Carbondale, KS; stepson, Gene Carter, and wife, Tommie – Albuquerque, NM; five grandchildren – Kyla Hoffman and husband, Kendal – Deerfield, Alicia Marsh – Clovis, NM, Shannon Cherino – Lubbock, TX, Lynette Smith and husband, Edwin – Albuquerque, NM, Kristin Carter – Austin, TX; nine great-grandchildren – Jakob Smith, Zachary Kite, Gabby Marsh, Derek Cherino, Nathan Kite, Cashton Hoffman, Garrett Cherino, Mikey Kite and Carly Hoffman; one great-great-grandchild, Zayden Smith; sister-in-law, Carlene Kramer – Kansas City; daughter-in-law, Margaret Carter – Deerfield; and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.
Services were held Wednesday, March 3, in Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs with Lewis Eslinger and Gary Scurlock officiating. Music was “Way Faring Stranger,” “When I Get Where I’m Going” and “Softly And Tenderly.” US Navy military honors were provided by the U.S. Navy and VFW Post #257. Final dispostion was cremation. Arrangements were provided by Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.