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Paul Kramer

December 10, 1922 - October 27, 2012

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Paul William Kramer was born December 10, 1922 in Centralia, IL a son to Paul and Helen (nee Walker) Kramer. He died October 27, 2012 at the Villa’s in De Soto at the age of 89. After graduating from Centralia High School he worked for J.C. Penny for a short time before taking a position with Sherman Bros. Dry Goods in Potosi. It was during this time that he met Berneta Wollard who he would marry on June 13, 1954 in De Soto. Paul and Berneta made their home in De Soto where they would raise their three children: Karen (Dwight) Bonifacius, of Brentwood TN, Paul (Laura) Kramer, Jr., Ellisville, and Helen Kramer, De Soto. He is also survived by two sisters: Betty Kracht, Centralia, IL, and Shirley Hall, Sandoval, IL; one brother: Louis Kramer, Centralia, IL; and four grandchildren Michael Bonifacius, Elizabeth Bonifacius, Andrew Kramer, and Victoria Kramer. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Berneta who died August 19, 2000; two sisters: Edna Mae Kramer and Helen Louise Kramer; and two brothers: Thomas Kramer and Gerald Kramer. Upon retiring from Sherman’s he worked for Bank of America in De Soto and was active with the De Soto Kiwanis Club. After retiring from the bank he earned an Associates Degree from Jefferson College. He and Berneta also served as volunteers for Job’s Daughters, Girl Scouts, and the Hope United Church of Christ in De Soto where they were long time members. Rev. Beth Elders will officate the services. There will be a Job’s Daughters Memorial Service Wednesday at 7:00pm. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to: The HIKE fund c/o Donna Goede, 6120 Kingsway, House Springs, MO 63051 or the Hope United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 695, De Soto, MO 63020.