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Roger Kramer, 79

Roger “Hotsie” Kramer of Watkins died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was 79.w-Roger-Kramer

Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Roger’s life was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Rev. John Brunner officiating. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday, and from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, both at the St. Anthony Catholic Church with Parish rosary at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by parish prayers at 4:30 p.m., and Legion/VFW prayers at 7 p.m. Burial was in the St. Anthony Cemetery in Watkins.

Roger F. Kramer was born Nov. 25, 1933, in Watkins to Edward and Eleanore (Schloesser) Kramer. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He married Karen VonBank Jan. 28, 1961, at Jordan, Minn. They resided in Jordan and Union Hill prior to moving to Watkins in 1968. Roger farmed at these areas and worked construction and as a bartender. He was a memnber of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Watkins Legion Post 453, Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Post 5460, and the 40 & 8. His hobbies included traveling, fishing, playing cards, and trips to the casino. He enjoyed watching animals, especially birds and his chickens. He also enjoyed visits from family and friends and was quick to tel a joke or a story.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; son Gordie in 2003; brothers Sanford Kramer, Gordon Kramer; and sister Donna Mae Kramer in infancy.

He is survived by his wife Karen Kramer of Watkins; children and their spouses Walter (and Deb) Kramer, Flav (and Kathy) Kramer, Melvin Kramer, Marty Kramer, Norb (and Michelle) Kramer, Ron (and Greta) Kramer, Mary (and Tim) Geislinger, all of Watkins, Audrey (and Doug) Schneider of St. Michael, Shirley (and Todd) Groskreutz of Chaska, Cora (and Jared) Braun of Albertville, and Ellen Kramer of St. Cloud; daughter-in-law Lynn Kramer of Watkins; 34 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; brother and sister and their spouses Lana (and Dave) Utecht of Shakopee, Howard (and Mary) Kramer of St. Louis Park.

Arrangements were by Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins.