Gary Dean Kramer

Gary Dean Kramer age 78 of Bloomfield, Nebraska died on Friday, March 19, 2021 at Avera Sister James Nursing Home in Yankton, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be at St. Rose cemetery in Crofton, Nebraska with military rites by the Crofton American Legion Post #128.  Visitation will be on Monday, at church, from 6-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Tuesday one hour prior to services at church. Face masks and social distancing are still required for the visitation and funeral.  You may watch a live stream of the funeral at .

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren Corbin Wavrunek, Caryssa Wavrunek, Cayden Wavrunek, Elizabeth Dumansky, Hannah Dumansky, Andrew Dumansky, Tiana Clark, and Anthony Clark.

Gary Dean was born on January 28, 1943 in Hartington, Nebraska to Martin Julius and Mildred Mathilda (Arens) Kramer.  He grew up on a farm southeast of Crofton.  Gary was a multi-sport athlete and graduated from Crofton High School in 1960.  Gary began farming with his dad and later bought his own farm where he raised livestock, harvested grain, and ran a hog operation. He was involved in soil conservation, receiving the NRD Award for terracing and tree planting.  He married Julie Marie Ausdemore on April 28, 1966 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Crofton.  Gary enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, and some favorite pastimes included playing cards, bowling, golfing, coyote hunting, and camping with his family at the farm. Gary also served on the Dolphin township board for close to 40 years.

Gary is survived by his seven children Brian Kramer of Hartington, Brenda (Michael) Edison of Lincoln, NE, Jackie (Bill) Dumansky of Sioux Falls, SD, Theresa Wavrunek and fiancé Aaron Olson of Yankton, SD, Michael Kramer and fiancé Stephanie Guenther of Crofton, Stephanie Kramer of Lincoln, Brent Kramer of Lincoln; 8 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; seven siblings Mary Lou (John) Addison of Newcastle, LaDonna (Tom) Kuchta of St. Helena, NE, Rose Ann (Keith) Newman of Lawton, IA, Francis (Deb) Kramer of Yankton, SD, Randy (Sandi) Kramer of Yankton, SD, John (Sue) Kramer of Hartington, Marty (Bonnie) Kramer of Hartington, and many nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Mildred Kramer; Julie Kramer, a stillborn older Baby Brother, brother Norman Kramer, and sister Gerri Lynn Pinkelman.

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8 response to "Gary Dean Kramer"

  1. By: Robin Sparks Posted: March 20, 2021

    Mike, So sorry to hear about Gary. He was always fun to work with.
    Take care.
    Robin Sparks

  2. By: Chris Peters Posted: March 22, 2021

    Brian, Brenda, Jackie, Teresa, Michael, Stephanie, Brent and families – So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Even though it has been years since we’ve seen each other, all of you made up some great memories of my childhood, and will forever be close to my heart. Please accept my deepest sympathies, and keep the memories you were able to make with your dad close to you. They will last for your lifetime!

  3. By: Allen and Irene Wavrunek Posted: March 22, 2021

    So sorry to hear about your dad and grandpa. Our thoughts and sympathy to all the family.

  4. By: Loretta Kohles Posted: March 22, 2021

    To the children of Gary & Julie : I would like to extend my sympathy to each of you on the death of your Dad. I have lots of good memories of earlier times when you kids were young & our families spent many Sunday afternoons playing cards, sharing food & laughter. May God bless all of you as you continue on this journey of life .
    Prayers & virtual hugs, Loretta Kohles

  5. By: Chad Jansen Posted: March 22, 2021

    My sympathies to Mike and the whole family. I got to know Gary when we worked at Baldwin. He was a good guy.

  6. By: John Broadbooks Posted: March 23, 2021

    I met Gary at the Argo when I was playing piano there. I enjoyed visiting with Him, and He had a great sense of humor and laugh and made a person feel welcome in His prescence. May God’s peace, loving arms surround Your Family.

  7. By: Kathleen A Roseboom Posted: March 23, 2021

    My deepest sympathies to the family, brothers and sisters.

  8. By: Linda Elliott Posted: March 25, 2021

    Family: I am sorry to hear about your loss. I can remember when our family would visit Martin and Mildren at their farm and Gary would be attending to farm chores but took time to say hello to everyone.

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