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Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Joseph Rudolph Kramer

October 27, 1946October 5, 2019
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On Saturday October 5, 2019, Joseph Rudy Kramer, of Fort Smith Arkansas passed away in his home at the age of 73.

Rudy was born October 27, 1946 at St. Edwards Mercy Hospital, in Fort Smith, Arkansas to William (Bill) and Agnes Mae Smith Kramer. Rudy attended and graduated from Fort Smith High school. After high school Rudy joined the Army where he served for three years, including time served in Vietnam. In the Army, Rudy attained the rank of Specialist 4. Upon his return from Vietnam, Rudy worked with several family members at Robertson Grocery. While working there, Rudy met the love of his life Velma Kremers Kramer. On October 17, 1970 Rudy and Velma were married.

Rudy went on to work for Dr. Pepper then Coca-Cola as a rout driver. He later Rudy purchased, from his father-in-law, Carl Kremers, The Palace Grocery store in Arkoma Oklahoma; which he managed and operated for the next 20 years. Rudy then worked at Whirlpool through his retirement at the age of 65. Together, Rudy and Velma raised three sons: David Parrish, Ruston Blake Kramer and Phillip Kramer. Rudy loved to fish and travel with his wife. If Rudy had any free time, he could be found in the backwaters of the Arkansas River running a trotline or throwing out jugs. His most memorable vacations were a trip to Australia and a tour of central Europe. Rudy was known for his generosity and he never failed to help those around him in need.

Rudy was proceeded in death by his father, Bill; his mother, Agnes; and his stepfather, DC Amos. He is survived by his wife, Velma; sons, David (Monica) Parrish, Ruston Blake (Stephanie) Kramer and Phillip Kramer; his brothers, Bobby (Mary Kay) Kramer and Billy Kramer; brothers-in-law, Kenny Kremers and Paul Kremers; grandchildren, Brian Parrish, Lauren Kramer, Mitchel Mechtenberg and Harrison Kramer; two great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Edwards Funeral Home, 201 North 12th Street in Fort Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a personal note conveying a story or anecdote about Rudy. These can be sent via email to Kramerjoe46@gmail.com or hand delivered to the family at the time of the service.

Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. To leave an online memory, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Velma Kramer, Wife
  • David Parrish and wife Monica, Son
  • Ruston Blake Kramer and wife Stephanie, Son
  • Phillip Kramer, Son
  • William "Bill" Kramer, Father (deceased)
  • Agnes Mae Smith Kramer, Mother (deceased)
  • DC Amos, Step-father (deceased)
  • Bobby Kramer and wife Mary Kay, Brother
  • Billy Kramer, Brother
  • Kenny Kremers, Brother-in-law
  • Paul Kremers, Brother-in-law
  • Brian Parrish, Grandchild
  • Lauren Kramer, Grandchild
  • Mitchel Mechtenberg, Grandchild
  • Harrison Kramer, Grandchild
  • Rudy is also survived by his two great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Memorial Service with Military Honors Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

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Jackie Martinous-Parker

October 12, 2019

Rudy and I were classmates in grade school at St. Boniface. He was quiet and studious. Later when I was in St. Anne’s Academy, I became friends in my junior and senior year with Velma Kremer, who later became his wife. They were such a loving and devoted couple. I remember Rudy as always being such a gentleman. I would see Velma at times when she worked in the courthouse, and we would always catch up with each other about our lives. At times, I would see Rudy at Mass at St. Boniface. I admired Rudy for his love and devotion to Velma with her health issues.
I pray for comfort for all family and friends during this time of grief. Rudy is receiving his eternal blessings now that he so deserves. God bless you all, today, and always.

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Biography

On Saturday October 5, 2019, Joseph Rudy Kramer, of Fort Smith Arkansas passed away in his home at the age of 73.

Rudy was born October 27, 1946 at St. Edwards Mercy Hospital, in Fort Smith, Arkansas to William (Bill) and Agnes Mae Smith Kramer. Rudy attended and graduated from Fort Smith High school. After high school Rudy joined the Army where he served for three years, including time served in Vietnam. In the Army, Rudy attained the rank of Specialist 4. Upon his return from Vietnam, Rudy worked with several family members at Robertson Grocery. While working there, Rudy met the love of his life Velma Kremers Kramer. On October 17, 1970 Rudy and Velma were married.

Rudy went on to work for Dr. Pepper then Coca-Cola as a rout driver. He later Rudy purchased, from his father-in-law, Carl Kremers, The Palace Grocery store in Arkoma Oklahoma; which he managed and operated for the next 20 years. Rudy then worked at Whirlpool through his retirement at the age of 65.
Together, Rudy and Velma raised three sons: David Parrish, Ruston Blake Kramer and Phillip Kramer. Rudy loved to fish and travel with his wife. If Rudy had any free time, he could be found in the backwaters of the Arkansas River running a trotline or throwing out jugs. His most memorable vacations were a trip to Australia and a tour of central Europe. Rudy was known for his generosity and he never failed to help those around him in need.

Rudy was proceeded in death by his father, Bill; his mother, Agnes; and his stepfather, DC Amos. He is survived by his wife, Velma; sons, David (Monica) Parrish, Ruston Blake (Stephanie) Kramer and Phillip Kramer; his brothers, Bobby (Mary Kay) Kramer and Billy Kramer; brothers-in-law, Kenny Kremers and Paul Kremers; grandchildren, Brian Parrish, Lauren Kramer, Mitchel Mechtenberg and Harrison Kramer; two great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Edwards Funeral Home, 201 North 12th Street in Fort Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a personal note conveying a story or anecdote about Rudy. These can be sent via email to Kramerjoe46@gmail.com or hand delivered to the family at the time of the service.

Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. To leave an online memory, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com