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Robert  Franklin  Kramer
     Robert Franklin Kramer, 85, of Stapleton passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in Lincoln. Robert was born on Sept. 21, 1931 in rural Logan County near Stapleton to Franklin J. and Ethel T. (Gill) Kramer.
     He served in the United States Army from September 1953 until September 1955, during the Korean Era, serving at Ft. Lewis, Wash.
     He was the honor graduate of his army intensive training class. After his discharge from the army, he married Hazel Small on Nov. 12, 1955 in Tryon and to this union six children were born: Danny, Aneta, Alvin, Rolland, Arthur, and Marie.
     In 1957, the family moved to the school section four miles southwest of Stapleton and this is where he raised his family. After Hazel''s death in December 1992, he married Doris Paul on Aug. 11, 2000 and the family grew by four children.
     In his younger years he was the family mechanic. Everyone called on Robert to work on their tractors. He farmed in the Stapleton area all of his life. He was very active in the American Legion. He helped remodel the current Vet''s Club in 1974.
     Robert enjoyed western movies, John Wayne movies in particular, playing cards, fishing, hunting and dancing ~ he met both of his wives on the dance floor.
     Robert is survived by his sons, Danny (Kristy) Kramer of Stapleton, Alvin (Peggy) Kramer of West Point, Neb., Rolland (Jan) Kramer of North Platte, and Arthur (Becky) Kramer of Stapleton; daughter, Marie (Layne) Pyzer of North Platte; additional children, Brenda Paul of Maryland, Peggy (Mike) Fox and Steven (Alice) Paul of North Platte, and Darwin Paul of Denver, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; siblings, MaryAnn (Ben) Fox, Audrey (Bob) Magnuson, Richard (Karen) Kramer, and Kenneth D. (Peggy) Kramer; and sisters-in-law, Louise Kramer and Deb Kramer.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Hazel and Doris; daughter, Aneta Engel; granddaughter, Elizabeth Thompson; and siblings, George (Darleen), Edna (Leroy) Griffiths, Raymond, Joseph, and Alta Faye Kramer.
     Mass of Christian Burial was held March 13 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Rev. James Novakowski as Celebrant. Burial followed at St. John''s Cemetery in Stapleton with military honors. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
     Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post 324 and online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 3/15/2017
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