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Kenneth J. Kramer, 69, of rural Wapakoneta, died unexpectedly Sun. July 28, 2013, at his family farm.
He was born May 24, 1944, in Sidney. He was the son of the late John and Emma (Lindhaus) Kramer. He was a graduate of Botkins High School, and served with the U.S. Army in Germany and the United States. On Sept. 4, 1965, he married Nancy K. Krites in Wapakoneta. His wife of 48 years survives on the family farm near Wapakoneta.
Ken was the owner and operator of Lazy K Farms and a lifelong farmer. He and his family had expanded the Kramer Family Farm, started by his father, into a large operation which included several agricultural related businesses. He was a proud man who took great pride in the crops he produced and the appearance of the land he loved. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Fryburg. He was also a life member of the Bowersock Bros. V.F.W. Post 6772, Spencerville, a member of the Buckeye Farm Antiques, Inc and the farm bureau. In addition, he proudly supported the Wounded Warrior Project, Botkins Future Farmers of America, and 4-H projects and endeavors of his grandchildren. His greatest love was his family and he found the most joy spending time with them and seeing them achieve their life goals. He was the rock of the family, sharing his knowledge, experiences and advice with his children and grandchildren, whom he loved deeply. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include two sons, Toby Kramer and Troy (Sarah) Kramer, both of Wapakoneta, and a daughter, Tami (Jeremy) Rable, St. Marys. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, Courtney and friend Paul, Michaela, Kenneth II, Ean, Esdon & Cameron Kramer, and Quincy, Cora, & Reese Rable. In addition, he is survived by siblings, Irene Schaffer, JoAnn Averesch, Ivo (Camille) Kramer, and Myron (Linda) Kramer, a sister-in-law, Alma Kramer, numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, from his wifeâ€™s family along with many nieces, nephews, business associates and friends.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Rita Fronk and Gloria Bauer, a brother, Paul Kramer, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Rose Krites and a nephew John Schaffer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Catholic Church, Fryburg, Rev. Oscar Seger officiating.
The family will receive friends 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Auglaize County Agricultural Society.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.
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