Clyde Kramer

1948 – 2012

 

Our beloved father, grandpa, brother, uncle and nephew, Clyde Kramer passed away Aug. 31, 2012 of congestive heart failure with his loving family by his side. He was born in Salt Lake City Nov. 19, 1948 to Earl and Carmella Romolo Kramer. Clyde was a very kind and generous man who had strength and courage throughout his life. He earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1960 and received the Ad Altare Dei medal, the highest award the Catholic Church bestows on a scout. A Boy Scout trip to Kanab yielded a visit with stars, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Chief Rod Red Wing, and three of Bing Crosby’s sons while they were filming Soldiers Three. He also visited the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. In 1967 Clyde started his service with the US Marines deploying to Vietnam with the Bravo 1st Tank Battalion 7th Marines in Da Nang.  As a tank commander he received the Purple Heart, Vietnam service combat valor medal, National Defense Service medal, Good Conduct medal, and the Cross of Gallantry with Palm Leaf the Presidential unit Citation Good Conduct medal. Later he was stationed in Rota, Spain as an embassy guard, and was honorably discharged in 1971.  He retired from Tooele Army Depot after 20 years. Clyde was proud of his Italian heritage, service in the Marine Corp., and of his only child, Matthew following his footsteps by also serving with the Marines. Survived by his son, Matthew (Natasha) Kramer; granddaughters, Jazmine, Kalyee, and Chloe Kramer; sister, Linda (Paul) Sorich; brother, Gerald (Roberta) Kramer; sister-in-law, Penny Kramer; nieces, Keilee (Mike) Kramer-Wilson, Angela Sorich Vredeveld, and Gelasia (Daniel) Saunders; nephews, Mark (Terri) Sorich, Jeramie (Kerry) Kramer, and Jerad (Amber) Kramer; 8 great nephews; former wife, Jolene Kramer; aunts, Florence Osborn and Dorothy Kramer; only cousin, Dorothy Romolo Reynolds; and his beloved guardian angel, Callie the cat.  Preceded in death by parents; grandparents, Antonio & Mary Di Fabriazzo Romolo and Albert & Ella Kramer; brother, Lawrence Kramer; nephew, Jason Lawrence Kramer; and aunts and uncles.

Clyde, we will hold you lovingly in our hearts and memories until we meet again.

The family extends a special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center, CNS Hospice & Dr. Strong; nurses, Kathy and Donna; Trisha LCSW; Chaplain, John; and nurses and staff at Mt. Olympus Care for the love and kindness to Clyde and his family.  An extra special thank you to his cousin, Dorothy who was there for Clyde everyday to help him live life with quality and dignity.

In lieu of flowers our family respectfully requests donation go to Our Lady of Lourdes Building Fund, 2840 S. 9000 W. Magna, UT 84044, or a charity of your choice.

For times and dates of Clyde’s services close family and friends may call either Matthew Kramer, 801-897-4767, or Linda Sorich, 801-968-4890.

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