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Published January 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

Lester Vernon Kramer

Lester Vernon Kramer, 90, Fargo formerly of Heimdal, went to his heavenly Father as he was held in the arms of his dear wife Marian and daughter Pam on Saturday, January 12, 2013. In addition to his family, Lester had been tenderly cared for by Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Lester Kramer, son of Louis and Sadie (Nelson) Kramer, was born September 29, 1922 north of Hamberg. He was baptized in the Hamberg school and later confirmed in the Hamberg Lutheran Church. At the age of six Lester moved with his parents to Hamberg. He graduated from the 8th grade in the Hamberg School and attended High School in Fessenden. He then worked for Hoganson Construction building grain elevators in Garrison and St. Thomas, ND, and later Biggs, OR before returning to Hamberg in the fall of 1942.

Lester Vernon Kramer

Lester Vernon Kramer, 90, Fargo formerly of Heimdal, went to his heavenly Father as he was held in the arms of his dear wife Marian and daughter Pam on Saturday, January 12, 2013. In addition to his family, Lester had been tenderly cared for by Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Lester Kramer, son of Louis and Sadie (Nelson) Kramer, was born September 29, 1922 north of Hamberg. He was baptized in the Hamberg school and later confirmed in the Hamberg Lutheran Church. At the age of six Lester moved with his parents to Hamberg. He graduated from the 8th grade in the Hamberg School and attended High School in Fessenden. He then worked for Hoganson Construction building grain elevators in Garrison and St. Thomas, ND, and later Biggs, OR before returning to Hamberg in the fall of 1942.

On January 5, 1943 he entered the United States Army and served his country during WWII. Lester saw extensive action overseas and was wounded while on the island of Okinawa. He received many service awards including the Purple Heart, three Battle Stars, one Bronze Arrowhead, the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. Lester was honorably discharged on November 20, 1945.

After returning to the Hamberg area, he remodeled a building which would hold the grocery store that he opened for business in January 1946. In the spring of 1948 he sold the business.

On June 27, 1948 Lester married Marian June Solin at the Klara Lutheran Church north of Heimdal. They made their home in Hamberg until moving to Heimdal in 1953. Lester was very active in the Hoff Lutheran Church, serving on the church board and singing in the church choir. He also served on the township board and cared for the Heimdal Hall, the Heimdal Park and the community of Heimdal in general. He was a lifetime American Legion and V.F.W. member. He was also a member of the Harvey Eagles Aerie #3080 for 61 years.

After moving to Heimdal, Lester worked for the Great Northern Railway as a telegrapher for over 14 years but always continued doing carpenter work in his spare time. After resigning from the railroad, he worked full time in building construction. Although retiring in 1987, Lester continued helping out with numerous building projects including his daughter and son-in-law's home.

Lester and Marian enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family, their friends but most of all with each other.

In 2007 they moved to Fargo to be closer to family. New friendships were formed and life was very good. While living in Fargo, they attended Hope Lutheran Church South and also Olivet Lutheran Church.

Lester leaves his wife of 64 ½ years, Marian; his daughter Pam & son-in-law Robert Stirling of Gardner; 2 grandsons, Brandon & Jarod Stirling; 2 sisters-in-law Betty Nelson and Darlene Solin; 3 nieces and a nephew, several cousins and a host of friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, nephews Ricky Solin and Gary Nelson, niece Becky Solin, and many aunts and uncles.

Funeral: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hoff Lutheran Church in Heimdal.

Visitation: Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden.

Burial: Hamberg Lutheran Cemetery at Hamberg, ND.

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