Frank G. Kramer, 97, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
He was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Needham, Massachusetts, the son of the late Frank J. and Amelia (Moog) Kramer. On Aug. 27, 1978, he married Alice Curran (Tauber) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She preceded him in death on June 10, 2012.
Frank had a wonderful childhood growing up with 4 brothers in Massachusetts.
Frank joined the Navy right after high school graduation. In 1941 he enlisted and proudly served on the USS Massachusetts for 4 years during WWII. He attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon Iowa. After college he settled in Cedar Rapids Iowa.
Frank was a very successful commercial artist, sign designer and painter for 50 plus years. The success of his designs and productions still stand today in Cedar Rapids. Frank used his creativity with his favorite hobbies of wood working, making clocks, and customize greeting cards.
In 2008 he lost his home in a devastating flood. Frank and his wife, Alice moved to Mosinee Wisconsin to be near his daughter and son in law and to rebuild their lives.
One of his most memorable times in Wisconsin was when he participated in the Honor Flight to Washington DC. He had an excellent memory of WWII and was happy to share his story with all. He loved people and people loved him.
Survivors include his three daughters, Linda (Sidney) Wingfield, Sarasota, Fla., Terri (John) Birnbaum, Mosinee, and Jill Whittemore, Sarasota, Fla.; three grandchildren, John IV, Andrea and Mariah; five great-grandchildren, John VI, Jaxsen, Desmond, Jayla and Kyla; and a brother, Theodore (Reggie) Kramer, Lake Elsinore, Calif. He is preceded in death by three brothers; a granddaughter, Staci; and a great-grandson, John V.
At Frank’s request, private family services will be held. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.bestefh.com.