Gerald 'Jerry' Kramer, 73, of Columbia loved to look back on his travels

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | 10:28 p.m. CDT; updated 10:39 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 27, 2013

COLUMBIA — A true salesman, Gerald “Jerry” Kramer made a point to know everyone. He never knew a stranger.

Gerald "Jerry" Kramer of Columbia died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. He was 73.

He was born Aug. 24, 1940, in Atchison, Kan., to Anna Mary (Gormley) and Eldon Lynn Kramer.

He married Sandy Bailey on Aug. 3, 1963, in Atchison. The couple first met when she worked at a drugstore and he worked at a clothing store across the street. Three weeks ago, they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Sandy Kramer said Mr. Kramer's years of working in sales made him the man she best remembers him to be: talkative, humorous and outgoing.

Sandy Kramer also laughed when remembering her husband with their electric lawn mower. Mr. Kramer would routinely run over a cord that was attached to it. Black tape covered the many patches of exposed wire where the blade had cut through the cover. Every time Mr. Kramer would mow the lawn, a neighbor would set his lawn chair out and wait for Mr. Kramer to run over the cord.

“He was not mechanically inclined,” Sandy Kramer said. “Everyone was so tickled at some of the things he did.”

While Mr. Kramer may not have been the best with machinery, he was an avid golfer. Only poor weather could keep him from the course, his wife said.

Mr. Kramer also loved traveling. He had a collection of travel books and AAA guides that he looked at often. When he retired from sales, he traveled the Midwest, visiting some of the people he had met as a salesman. His wife was his constant traveling companion.

Mr. Kramer is survived by his wife, Sandy, of Columbia; a son, David Kramer, and his wife, Susanne, of Mukwonago, Wis.; daughters, Stephanie Daniels, and her husband, Kirk, of Kansas City, and Lori Clark, and her husband, Marcus, of Columbia; a brother, Tom Kramer of Las Vegas; and nine grandchildren: Austin, Alyssa, Alex, Andrew and Abby Kramer, all of Mukwonago; Kelsie, Lynsie and Bailey Daniels, all of Kansas City; and Jason Clark of Columbia.

His parents and two sisters, Mary and Carol, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. A graveside service will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, located at the same address.

Memorial contributions can be made to Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.

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