Richard Charles Kramer, age 83, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri departed his life on March 30, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
He was born to Frank and Elna Marie (Hollister) Kramer on September 3, 1929 in Mahattan, Kansas, the sixth of seven children. Growing up on a farm he attended public school in Desoto, Kansas. After graduation, Richard enrolled in college at KU in Lawrence majoring in Civil Engineering. A proud Jayhawk fan.
While in college Richard was in the Navy Reserves at KU and in his sophomore year he was drafted to active duty, omitting boot camp and directly sent to the Philippines to build airport runways and buildings for the troops at the beginning of the Korean conflict. After two and a half years of duty, Richard returned back to KU and graduated from the Civil Engineering College with a Masters Degree in Engineering. Richard began working for Buchannan Brothers Construction Company in Kansas City, Kansas.
Richard met the love of his life, Mary. They were married three years. Losing his wife and baby, Richard traveled for Buchannan Brothers Construction on many jobs. He was working at Ft. Smith Arkansas building a new lake and dam in the area when he was sent to a company meeting with the Corp of Engineers in Joplin, Missouri. While in Joplin he met Edna Carter who became his wife of fifty years. He became the father of her two sons Gene and Gary Carter. The family spent lots of time together on vacations water skiing, fishing or just riding in the boat. The boys played football in school and Richard and Edna was there to cheer the team on.
In 1970 Richard and Edna decided to take an early retirement. Gene had graduated and Gary had a year of high school left. Still living in Merriam, Kansas they took a weekend drive down to look over the project of Stockton Dam and make a company bid on the job. They both loved the area of Cedar County and checked out some property, buying some land for future retirement.
Four years later Richard was called back to Kansas City by CS Ehinger Construction and Buchannan Brother to go look at the new project of the waterway from New Orleans to Saint Louis. When this four year project was completed, Richard and Edna returned back to El Dorado Springs. Together they drew plans for a new home and workshop and garage. Richard worked maintenance with Jim Hopkins at the El Dorado Springs School. Together they made cost effective and upgrading improvements on buildings. Later Richard worked for the Nevada Housing Authority doing the same for apartments.
Richard and Edna decided they would retire for good. Enjoying the 5 acre yard, planting trees, flowers and a small garden. The both loved to take the boat out sight seeing, watching wildlife, the eagles and some fishing. Weekends was spent with two grand daughters fishing in the pond or the river. Richard and his good friend, Joe Palmer, was longtime fishing buddies. They knew where the crappie was and fish fry was always enjoyed. Both guys believed in the sport of fishing - catch and release so others could enjoy the fun of fishing.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Mary of three years; wife, Edna of fifty years; his parents; brothers, Dale, Roger and William; and his stepson, Gary.
He is survived by his older sister, Katheryn Roark of Manhattan, Kansas; older brother, Ed Kramer and wife, Wilma, of Carbondale, Kansas; stepson, Gene Carter and wife, Tommie of Albuquerque, New Mexico; five grandchildren, Kyla Hoffman and husband, Kendal, of Deerfield, Missouri, Alicia Marsh of Clovis, New Mexico, Shannon Cherino of Lubbock, Texas, Lynette Smith and husband, Edwin, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kristin Carter of Austin, Texas; nine great grandchildren, Jakob Smith, Zachary Kite, Gabby Marsh, Derek Cherino, Nathan Kite, Cashton Hoffman, Garrett Cherino, Mikey Kite, Carly Hoffman; one great great grandchild, Zayden Smith; sister-in-law, Carlene Kramer of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Margaret Carter of Deerfield, Missouri, and a host of nieces, nephews, and many friends.