Melvin Eugene Kramer, age 79, of Farina, Illinois passed away at 6:35 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2018, at St. John’s Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.
Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Kinmundy, Illinois. Father Carol LoPresti will be officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy, Illinois. A Rosary will be said at 4:30 p.m. with visitation to follow from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Kinmundy, Illinois. Memorials may go to Farina Fire and Ambulance, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church or the donor’s choice.
Melvin was born on February 12, 1939, in LaClede Township, Illinois, the son of Raymond and Florence (Schatz) Kramer. He married Marilyn Phillis Sigrist on February 15, 1958, at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Kinmundy, Illinois (Formerly known as St. Philomena Catholic Church).
He was a member of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, which he helped build as a teenager. He was a member of the American Angus Association, the Illinois Angus Association, the Article Circle Club, and several other livestock organizations. He was a lifelong farmer, and always enjoyed showing livestock, especially Angus cattle, camping, hunting, traveling and was an avid Cardinals baseball fan.
Melvin is survived by his three sons, Marvin Kramer (wife Vickey) of Farina, Illinois, Keith Kramer (wife Denise) of Farina, Illinois, Bruce Kramer (wife Kay) of Missoula, Montana; three daughters, Kathleen Harms (husband Dave) of West Chicago, Illinois, Judy Hinshaw (husband Dan) of Secor, Illinois, Alicia Miller (husband Marcus) of Forrest, Illinois; brother, Wayne Kramer (wife Rita) of Farina, Illinois; 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Florence Kramer; wife, Marilyn Kramer; and two brothers, Robert Kramer and Kenneth Kramer.