Ronald "Ron"'s Story
Ronald "Ron" Joseph Kramer, 66, of Belleville, Ill., born April 24, 1950 in St. Louis, Mo., died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at his residence.
Mr. Kramer worked for Lauhoff Grain, Danville, and most recently for LaFore trucking, Swansea, Ill. He was a jet engine mechanic instructor while serving in the U.S. Air Force for more than 11 years, and also served on Kickapoo Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years before his retirement. He was a member of the I & I Arson Investigators team, and was the first young man to earn the Pope Pius XII Eagle Scout Award in St. Louis. Ron will be most remembered for his smile and the pure joy he brought through his endless pranks and practical jokes.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and his father, Lester John Kramer, Sr.
He is survived by his dear wife of nearly 40 years, Louise Catherine, nee Mayer, Kramer, whom he married on Jan. 21, 1977; a daughter, Regina Ann Grupe of West Chicago, Ill.; a son, Michael Andrew Grupe of Belleville, Ill.; three grandchildren, Bryson Pryor, Hunter Grupe, and Andrew Grupe; his mother, Jeanette Therese, nee Meyer, Kramer, of St. Louis, Mo.; a sister, Sharon Ann Kramer of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Lester John Kramer Jr. of Town & Country, Mo.; two dear friends, Kyle Koerkenmeier, and Julie Hankins; and a very special dog, Stan the "Garage Manager" whose canine love has been the greatest rescue of all.
Special thanks are extended to Celtic Hospice and to Dr. Walshauser and the staff of Cancer Care Specialists, Swansea, Ill.
Memorials may be made to Rescue Partners 4 Pets, Troy, Ill., partners4pets.petfinder.com, or to American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill. There will be a short celebration service at 12 noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at the funeral home.
Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville.
Published on December 8, 2016