Paul Kenneth Kramer, age 89, of Pickford, Michigan, died on April 14, 2020 at his home. He was born on May 31, 1930 in Onaway, Michigan, to Max August and Doris Lou (Gagie) Kramer.
Paul grew up in Onaway and graduated from Onaway High School when he was 15. Following high school, he spent a year in Kansas City, Missouri, at a welding and machinist trade school. He moved back to Onaway briefly and then Detroit, Michigan before he enlisted in the United States Army. By this time he had met and fell in love with Maxine Schram and they married on November 29, 1952, before Paul shipped out for Korea. Upon his return, they lived in Onaway for a year and then moved to Detroit, where Paul worked for Greenwood Welding. In 1959, they returned to Onaway to raise their family where Paul ran his welding shop, Kramer’s Repair. Paul was an ordained minister, serving the Community of Christ Church for many years. After he closed his welding shop, he went to work for Merchant’s Sawmill, while also starting Over the Road Trucking with his brother Kent. In 1986, Paul and Maxine moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, where Paul drove truck for Michigan Milk Producers and then for A&L Iron in Kinross, Michigan. He retired from A&L in 1998. Following retirement, he enjoyed working with his brother Kent on shop projects.
Paul is survived by his wife, Maxine; children, Michael (Cindy) Kramer of Grayling, Michigan, Gina Ross of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Randall (Sherri) Kramer of Onaway, and Kenneth Kramer of Pickford; grandchildren, Jennifer Kramer, Stephanie Kramer, Angela (Jacob) Mishler Salazar, Mackenzie Korthase, Michael (Samantha) Kramer, Deric Kramer, and Nicholas (Nicole) Kramer; great-grandchildren, Lydia, Marley, Andrew, Jillian, Gabriella, Marqus, Cruz, Braylon, Allyson, Joel, Jayme, and Oliver. Brothers, Guy (Joanne) Kramer of Onaway and Kent (Brynda) Kramer of Pickford.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; three infant brothers, Richard, August, and John; and his sister-in-law, Bettyjean (Fred) Harbrueger.
No service will be held at this time.
Interment will be at Koehler Cemetery in Cheboygan, Michigan.
R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford, Michigan is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rgalerfuneralhome.com.
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