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William Joseph "Bill" Cramer

October 2, 1951 ~ March 23, 2018 (age 66)

 

            William Joseph “Bill” Cramer, 66, currently residing in Livingston, Montana, formerly of Kalispell, passed away Friday, March 23, 2018 at his home of natural causes. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. at St. Mathew’s Catholic Parish, 602 S Main St., Kalispell, MT. A Graveside committal and burial will be at Glacier Memorial Gardens, a reception will follow. Arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in Livingston and Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home in Kalispell.

Born to Polly and Dick Cramer, his father was an officer in the Air Force and therefore Bill lived all over the world.  He graduated from Great Falls High School in 1969, and then attended Montana State University.  Bill joined the Air National Guard in 1973 and remained in the Reserves for a number of years.

He married Karen Beckman of Great Falls in 1975, the love of his life. They had two children Dan and Stefanie, who were his pride and joy. The Cramer family loved Kalispell and the outdoors to enjoy, especially their time on Ashley Lake.

He began a career with United Parcel Service (UPS) and soon changed to become a successful AC-Delco General Motors Rep..  He loved his work and his clients he met over the 30 years with General Motors. He traveled the state of Montana for many years and made some incredible friends. He was a kind, loving man, who had a great sense of humor and could make you laugh instantly. He was transferred to Arizona for 8 years before retiring. After retiring he wanted nothing more then to move back home to Montana. He moved back in 2011.  One of his favorite hobbies was Nascar and he made many travels to watch his favorite drivers…Dale Earnhardt Sr being is top driver.

 

            Bill is preceded in death by his parents Dick and Polly Cramer and his sister Janice.

 

He is survived by his wife, Karen; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Jody Cramer of Bozeman and their children Riley (9) and Coy (4); daughter and son-in-law, Stefanie and Jason Hanson of Kalispell, and their children Justin (4) and Annie (2). His sisters, Peggy, Kathleen and Susan and many nieces and nephews. Bill loved his large extended family and was always Santa for the family Christmas gatherings. His fun loving spirit, kindness and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to 194 Frontage Park Rd. Kalispell, MT. Funds will be used to assist Struggling Alcoholic Families.

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