Bernardus "Ben" Josephus Maria Kramer

January 25, 1928November 3, 2013

Bernardus “Ben” Kramer, 85, passed away in his Chino, CA home on November 3, 2013. Ben was born the sixth of seven children to Bernardus and Johanna Kramer on January 25, 1928, in Tilberg, The Netherlands. Ben first came to the U.S. to attend college at a state school in Magnolia, Arkansas, in January, of 1952. After one semester, he transferred to the University of Texas, in Austin, where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in U.S .History and American Government. After graduation, he moved to Houston where he met and married Carol Van Dover. They both taught at Spring Branch Jr. High School until their move to Chino in the summer of 1962. Ben was a teacher and administer for 26 years at Chino and Don Lugo High Schools. He also taught at Chino Institution for Woman, Chaffee College, and The University of Phoenix. An expert chef, he mastered his native Dutch and Indonesian recipes as well as American fare. He was a life-long lover of soccer, and a superior story teller with a great sense of humor. He spoke five languages, and was an accomplished linguist. He loved to travel, watching the University of Texas Longhorns play football, classical music, crossword puzzles, letter writing, and gatherings with family and friends. He is survived by Carol, his wife of 53 years, a brother Henk, of The Netherlands, three sons, Ben Jr., Ty, and Paul. Also surviving him are two daughters-in-laws, Melinda and Betsy, and seven grandchildren, Ben lll, Jake, Clara, Katharine, Billy, Hannah, and Emily. He will be greatly missed. Visitation will be Friday, November 8, 2013 @ Pierce Brothers Griffith Chapel 5pm-8pm with rosary @ 7pm, Funeral Mass will be Saturday, November 9, 2013 @ St Margaret Mary Catholic Church 1:00pm. Funeraria Del Angel Pierce Brothers Griffith in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bernardus "Ben" Josephus Maria Kramer

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Patricia Okada

August 24, 2014

Mr. Kramer I am so sorry I found you after you had passed. I was looking for you and didn't look hard enough online. I do remember you very fondly from French I, Sept. of '62 your first year of teaching. You had to leave for a very short while due to your citizenship. I really missed you then and now, your great smile and I loved your voice. I can still hear it in my head. Just wanted to let you know that the CHS class of '64 is having their 50th reunion in a few weeks and I'm sure you will be spoken about. If your family reads this I just want to say I am one of many students who remember you very dearly.

Carol Lelless

December 28, 2013

Ben all the years I worked for you we became good friends, Carol was so special to you, when you talked about her and your son's your eyes would light up! I am so glad we got together with Carol and you a few years ago for dinner. I will miss you my friend, until we meet again,
Carol Lelless (Bullhead City, Az)

Mike Johnson

November 9, 2013

You will be missed. You always made me feel like part of your family. Your quick smile and sense of humor always made me comfortable and at ease.

John Casey

November 8, 2013

Ben and I were on the faculty at Chino High School together. He was a great teacher, knew his subject and well liked by his students. He had a good sense of humor and a ready smile. He contributed much to many students and staff. A real loss. John Casey

Dianna Miller

November 7, 2013

A wonderful man,mentor and my government teacher. You were the one who made it possible for me to graduate mid term in 1968, so I could marry my sailor, to whom I'm still married. You worked me through government till I passed it. Something know other teacher had been able to do. You were patient, kind and also funny. I always looked forward to seeing you and your wife at our class reunions.You will be missed. My prayers go out for your wonderful family.

Linda Peaveler Hollander

November 7, 2013

Rest in peace to a man who touched the lives of so many for so many years. You were my government teacher in 1974 and 75. My diploma depended on your grade. Thank you for allowing me to graduate with my class. May God be with you always.

Michael Fleming

November 7, 2013

It is so hard to let go of someone you love, someone that gave you life and someone that cared so much for his family, friends and students. I know this is what the Kramer family is coping with. But we need to rejoice that we had the opportunity to know Ben and realize that he now has his special place in heaven.
I pray that God will give Ben's family and friends peace at this time of sorrow.

Vivian Gutierrez-Vasquez

November 7, 2013

Deepest condolences to Carol, Ben, Ty, Paul and families. Mr. Kramer was much more than a teacher and mentor to me, he was also a surrogate father to someone that didn't have a father in her life. Many times over the years you have counseled me and been there to listen. I will miss you, your wisdom, your advice, your friendship. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. You will forever live in my heart.

Kati Lappi

November 7, 2013

I am holding you all close to my heart. Such a wonderful and beloved man. Peace to you all.

Bud Jones

November 7, 2013

My condolences to the family of a great man. My government teacher in 70-71 at Chino High School. A wonderful teacher and an inspiration to us all. R.I.P. my dear friend!