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Obituary Gene Cramer
Alvin Gene Cramer, 91, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on January 17, 2021. Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 10:00 am at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church with Mass of Christian burial following at 10:30 am. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor.
Gene was born on July 13, 1929, to Mary Loerch and Harold W. Cramer. He graduated from Central High School in 1945. Gene had worked a variety of trades in his early life. His first job was at the Solid Carbonic Dry Ice Company with his stepdad “Woody” Hutto. It later became the Modern Supply (Fire Extinguisher) Company. Gene worked in this family business until he enlisted into the Army in 1948 and served three years. He served his tour of duty in Okinawa and Korea in the ASA. He was a signal radioman and a Korean War veteran. After the Army, Gene obtained a technical writer degree in Kansas City, Missouri. He also met Delores Canseco and they were married soon after in Des Moines, Iowa. Both Gene and Delores were in the aerospace industry and moved to Colorado. They both worked together at Martin Marietta on the Titan missile program. Gene was a technical writer and Dolores was a technical artist. In 1963, they had their first child, Bruce Cramer. After the missile program was completed, they moved back to Kansas City, Missouri. Gene would take employment as a technical writer at the BENDIX plant in Kansas City. He would visit his dad, Harold Cramer, and was introduced to the Metalphoto photography process.
Then in 1965, they had their second child, Lisa Cramer. At that time Gene ventured to start his own business, Photo-Graphics. Aside from printed data, designs, and indoor/outdoor signage, Gene perfected this metalphoto process into an art form. He created specialty plaques, religious cards, restaurant awards, and many novelty nameplates to custom order. The business thrived and he raised his family in south Kansas City.
In 1988, his wife died and Gene decided to take an early retirement and sell the Photo-Graphics business. He did miss the business and his metalphoto craft. Several years later, he would resume his beloved craft and Cramer Graphics was up and running. He loved his specialty work and it showed. He ran Cramer Graphics up until his health could no longer able him to do so.
Gene was an avid tennis player, which he didn’t start to play until his mid-40s. When his health slowed, he just changed games and played pickleball. He was in several Senior Olympic games playing in tennis and pickleball tournaments. Later, it would be bowling that would entertain his sports spirit. Everyone knew Gene because he was always happy and funny, sharing his good spirit.
He was loyal to the Catholic church and went to daily mass at both Christ the King and St. Thomas Moore. He was well-read and would call the radio church talk line that discussed different views on various subjects.
Gene will be remembered for his faith, optimism, sense of humor, generosity, compassion, and gentle sweet spirit. He will be missed by many as he touched so many lives in a positive way.
He is survived by his son Bruce Cramer of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter, Lisa A. Cramer of Lone Jack, Missouri; 7 grandchildren (Leah Cramer, KC, MO; A.J. Cramer, KC, MO; Nick Cramer, KC, MO; Rachel Saunders, Michigan; Gracie Cramer, KC, MO; Lindsay Peters, Lone Jack, MO; and Brooke Peters, Lone Jack, MO) daughter-in-law Dawn Cramer KC, MO; (half-brother) Stan Cramer, KC, MO; and soul mate (and spiritual partner in union) Gwen Eckard.
He was preceded by his wife Delores Cramer, KC, MO; brother Harold Cramer Jr., KC, MO; (mother) Lucille Hutto, Raytown, MO; (step-father) “Woody” Hutto, Raytown, MO; (father) Harold Cramer, KC, MO; (half-brother) Mike Cramer, Oklahoma; (half-sister) Patricia Cramer, KC, MO; (half-sister) Theresa Cramer, KC, MO; (half-sister) Christine Cramer, Springfield, MO; (uncle) Roy Cramer, KC, MO: (grandfather) Harold Cramer Sr., KC, MO; and (grandmother) “Mom” Cramer, KC, MO.
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