James L. Kramer, 99, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.
He was born November 14, 1920 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Walter and Edith (Rohr) Kramer. Jim graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1940. He served in the United States Navy during WWII from 1942 to 1947. On October 31, 1942, he married Joyce Irene Mary Kugler at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. Jim began his working career as a carpenter at Palmer Johnson Yachts in Sturgeon Bay and then was a loft foreman, building many aluminum boats. Once PJ’s started building larger boats, he became the service department manager and made many friends with yacht owners. Jim also was proud of his Tree Farm near West Jacksonport.
Jim enjoyed making fine furniture, repairing antique furniture, and was an avid deer hunter.
He is survived by his two sons and their families, Richard (Jeannie) of Green Bay and Jeffrey (Joyce) of Sturgeon Bay; two grandchildren, Jennie (West) Todd and Jon (Molly) Kramer; five great-grandchildren, Kaylynn, Adron, and Kaden Todd, and Owen and Charlotte Kramer; nieces and nephews; and friends. His beloved dog, Pepper, will miss him too.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce; three sisters, Gwen (Bob) Bushman, Helen (Dennis) Knipfer, and Mary Stange; and sister-in-law, Doris (Earl) Arbter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute with Fr. Ron Columbo as celebrant. Military honors by the United States Navy and Weber-Tess AMVETS Post 51 will follow at the church. Jim will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
“The family wishes to thank all of the staff at St. Vincent Hospital, 9th floor, for their wonderful care of Jim this past week. Also, a special thank you to Dennis Bley and Paul Knipfer for all the help they gave to Jim over the years.”
Memorials may be made in his memory for Lucky 7 Dog Rescue (37 N. Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54302 or www.lucky7dogrescue.com); and Saints Peter and Paul Parish.
Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of James may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.
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Saints Peter and Paul Parish
4767 Dunn Road, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
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Lucky 7 Dog Rescue
237 N Broadway, Green Bay WI 54302