Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Donald Eugene Kramer "Dog Hair", 79 years young, lived in Bothell, Wash. Don passed away last Thursday, April 1, 2010 in Seattle from complications during an aneurism surgery.

Don was born on Oct. 25, 1930 in Fort Scott, Kan., to John Franklin Kramer and Elsie Golden Kramer, having two older sisters, Rosalie and Madeline.

He went to school in Fort Scott and graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1948.

Don was married to Ruth Forgey, also from Fort Scott, from 1952 to 1977.

Several years later, Don and Carol Adams became reacquainted and spent the next 30 years of their life together, Carol dying of brain cancer in December of 2008.

In 1949 he enlisted in the Navy for one year and the Navy Reserves for six years, spending some of that time on the USS Doyle DMS/34. While in the Reserves he married and moved to Wichita, Kan., for work with Beech Aircraft then to Liberal, Kan., to work in the oil fields. He then to moved to Olathe, Kan., to sell bread door to door.

During that time of moving he and Ruth had, in his words, three beautiful daughters.

He then followed in his dad's footsteps working on the Santa Fe Railroad Lines as a Carman Apprentice.

In 1959, he moved back to Fort Scott, Kan., and opened his own gas station there, The Sinclair. In 1965, he sold the station and went to work for Western Insurance which is what brought him and his family to the Pacific Northwest -- Juanita, Washington to be exact, in 1967.

He worked for Western Insurance until 1970 and then owned his own successful Insurance Agency until 1985. During the last seven years of owning the Insurance Agency,bhe purchased a 1927 42-foot yacht and lived on it for those seven years cruising the San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound.

Moving ashore in 1985, he purchased a 30 foot motor home and a beer tap company. He ran that company for six years until 1993 and then retired. He lived in the motor home off and on up to November 2009, when he moved into his apartment at Riverside Landing in Bothell where he met so many dear friends, enjoyed having coffee with the guys at the Senior Center every afternoon and once again having a place to call home.

He was very dedicated to and involved in Shiner's and truly loved all the charitable work they did for children.

He loved boating and had a number of wood boats of which he STRONGLY believed that, "If God wanted fiberglass boats, he would have made fiberglass trees." He did not find a thing that he could not fix or at least have a great time trying to fix. He also enjoyed watching the news and country music and you could not beat an old western movie that had the Duke in it. If you knew Don and our dad at all, you knew that he had a great time at whatever he did.

Don is survived by his three daughters, Deborah Lynn Sandeno, Susan K. McNeely and Janet Diane Solon; his two grandchildren, Dylan Alexander and Jennifer Sue McNeely Price; his three great grandchildren, Mackenzie Alexander, Kylie Alexander and Dylan Tate Alexander; and his two sisters Rosalie Dahmer and Madeline Talbot. His is also survived by his extended family and his many friends from childhood to present day.

A public memorial service will be held at a later date. He will be interned in the Fort Scott National Cemetery, also at a later date.