Ralph Kraemer, 91Ralph John Kraemer, 91, died of pulmonary fibrosis September 1, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Ralph John Kraemer, 91, died of pulmonary fibrosis September 1, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Ralph was born September 20, 1920 in Parkers Prairie to Mathias and Anna (Thoennes) Kraemer. He graduated from Parkers Prairie High School and then attended two years at St. John’s University before enlisting in the service. He served his country in the United States Coast Guard and the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific area.
After the war he returned to Parkers Prairie and joined his father and brother in the grain business at the Kraemer Elevator Company. On September 25, 1948, Ralph married Audrie Williams at the Church of St. Nicholas in Belle River. They lived in Parkers Prairie where Ralph continued to work at the elevator. To this union nine children were born.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing in his spare time, but spending time with his family was the most enjoyable for him. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 60 years and a member of the Parkers Prairie American Legion Post #219 for 66 years.
Ralph had a kind and generous heart and was a devoted Catholic, attending daily Mass. He was a friend to many and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 64 years, Audrie Kraemer of Alexandria; children, Peggy (Rick) Ostman of St. Michael, Jane (Steve) Gahlon of Willmar, Connie (Ryan) Bremmer of Granite Falls, Alan Kraemer of Bloomington, Thomas (Denise) Kraemer of Tulsa, OK, Carol (Patrick) Rice of Midvale, UT, Steve (Alana) Kraemer of Bishkek, Kyrkgzstan, Ann (Lee) Kirkegaard of Missoula, MT, Judy (Karl) Smith of Little Falls; 24 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joan (Ray) Fuhrman of Jordan.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond and George; and sisters, Evelyn, Ethel and Florence.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, September 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Steve Binsfeld officiating. Interment was at St. Williams Catholic Cemetery in Parkers Prairie. Military honors were performed by the Parker Prairie American Legion Post #219.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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