OBITUARY

Deacon Milburn Kram

November 21, 1937November 18, 2018
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Deacon Milburn W. Kram, age 80, of Moulton left his earthly dwelling on Sunday, November 18 to join our Heavenly Father and begin his new heavenly journey.

He was born November 21, 1937 to the late Erwin W. Kram and Rosalia (Reindl) Kram and was an only child. He graduated from Moulton High School in 1956 and then went on to continue his education graduating from Baldwin College with a business degree in 1958.

Milburn served as Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1963. On April 12, 1958 he married the love of his life and his high school sweetheart, Marian Joyce Vana. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, his children, Perry Scott(Sharon), Christopher Lynn, and Brian Douglas(Brenda), 6 grandchildren, Brittania (Wyatt), Trey(Brigitte), Maddison, Lillie, Braden, and Bethany and four great-grand children, Kamryn, Talan, Abram and Eli.

They spent a short time in Houston where Milburn headed the Herder Truck Lines Fleet of trucks, but his love for the country life brought him and his family back to his family farm where he grew up and it was there he spent the rest of his life doing what he loved, farming and raising cattle.

Milburn was a devout Catholic serving his community and church when he realized his calling was to become a Deacon. On December 19, 2009, he completed his journey and was ordained a Deacon through the Victoria Diocese and served as a permanent Deacon for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton.

  • FAMILY

  • Erwin W. Kram, Father
  • Rosalia (Reindl) Kram, Mother
  • Marian (Vana) Kram, Wife
  • Perry Kram, Son
  • Sharon Kram, Daughter-in-law
  • Chris Kram, Son
  • Brian Kram, Son
  • Brenda Kram, Daughter-in-law
  • Mr. Kram also leaves behind six grandchildren Brittania Kram Darilek and husband Wyatt, Trey Kram and wife Brigitte, Maddison Kram, Lillie Kram, Braden Kram, and Bethany Kram and four great-grandchildren Kamryn Darilek, Talan Darilek, Abram Kram, and Eli Kram to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Trey Kram, Pallbearer
  • Braden Kram, Pallbearer
  • Wyatt Darilek, Pallbearer
  • Andrew Vana, Pallbearer
  • Corey Vana, Pallbearer
  • Steven Bujnoch, Pallbearer
  • Brittania Kram Darilek, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Maddison Kram, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Lillie Kram, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bethany Kram, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kamryn Darilek, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Talan Darilek, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Abram Kram, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Eli Kram, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Elana Vana Brown, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Nick Brown, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Carrie Vana Bujnoch, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jamie Vana, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2018
  • Rosary Friday, November 23, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, November 24, 2018
REMEMBERING

Deacon Milburn Kram

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Jo and Lloyd Brunner

November 25, 2018

Perry Kram
Sorry for your loss! We are praying for your family.

Diana Flessner

November 23, 2018

Marian & Family~~~~~

My deepest sympathy to the Kram Family.
Marian & Wilburn were one great & friendly
couple.
All the Memories you all made will always
be remembered in ya’ll’s heart.

God Bless You All~~~~~

Dorothy & David Young

November 20, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers.

Bobby & Kelley Moeller

November 20, 2018

Our heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. May the soul of Milburn be at Peace with our Heavenly Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Joan Simper

November 20, 2018

Marian,you and your family are in my prayers. May our Lord and His Blessed Mother surround you with Their love.

Cynthia Coronado

November 19, 2018

My condolences. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Thinking of you Trey, Bridgett and family. during this difficult time.

May God be with you,
Cynthia Coronado

Margie Kocian

November 19, 2018

My prayers and condolences to the family of Deacon Milburn Kram. May God wrap His arms around you and keep you at this time of your sorrow. May he Rest In Peace!

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Biography

Quiet, reserved and logical are trademark qualities that friends and family might use to describe Deacon Milburn Kram. Milburn was an intuitive person. He was the type of person who could comfortably get lost in his thoughts, someone who had tremendous problem solving abilities. Always conscientious and focused on details, Milburn was a person who loved to imagine the possibilities of life.
Milburn was born on November 21, 1937 at Shiner Hospital in Shiner, Texas. He was the son of Erwin and Rosalia Kram. Milburn did not have to surround himself with people to be content. He was the type of person who enjoyed being alone rather than be part of a large crowd. He could be content for hours in some activity or be lost in his own imagination.
In grade school, Milburn gravitated toward others who shared similar interests and enjoyed academics more than physical activity. He was always curious about what made things work, and he would excel at the things that called more for "brain" power. He was a Boy Scout and altar boy. He delighted in the projects that required planning, exploration and solution. Milburn's memorable achievements included. As was evident by those who knew him, his most fun was to be found in books and in research.
During high school, Milburn excelled at the challenge of learning and was especially good at taking tests and exams. He could delight more in problem solving than in the more routine school work. As long as the intellectual challenges kept coming, Milburn was happy. He graduated from Sam and Wilmore Institute in 1956. His favorite class in high school was math. He loved FFA and took home Grand Champion with his steer.
If his friends from high school thought Milburn was a serious student, then those who knew him later really saw him shine during his college years. Once he set his sights on an academic track that excited him, he would easily pass up his classmates, turning out quality work and setting high academic standards. He earned his Business degree at Balwin Business College. He also pursued his diploma in Pastoral Theology from the University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary. His favorite courses were bookkeeping and theology.
Although Milburn had a small group of friends, they were a close knit group and he enjoyed spending time with them. He liked to be able to engage them in discussions on the many topics he found interesting. Those who knew him well might describe Milburn as a good listener who could bring out a type of understanding from those around him that even surprised them. He was passionate in his commitments and would never intentionally hurt anyone. While growing up, some of his best friends were David Kouba, James Kasper, and Pat Kubicek. Later in life, he became friends with Richard Cernosek, James Kasper, and Jim Vogt.
Milburn finally found connection and fulfillment when on April 12, 1958; he exchanged wedding vows with Marian Joyce Vana at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Moulton, Texas. Marian was influential in Milburn's life and brought a dimension of emotion and feelings to a man who mostly lived in his intellect. Milburn grew, blossomed and became more balanced because of their love and compassion.
Milburn was a hard worker and a good provider who loved his family even though he wasn’t very demonstrative. Milburn was blessed with three children, three sons Perry, Christopher, and Brian. They were also blessed with six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, grandchildren are Brittania, Trey, Maddison, Lillian, Braden, Bethany, and great-grandchildren Kamryn Talan, Abram, and Eli. Milburn's sense of fun was often unleashed in his puns and witty, intelligent quips. It delighted him when the children and grandchildren would banter back and forth with him in this brainy exchange of mind contests. The children always knew how much Milburn loved them.
Finding the right type of job can be a challenge for anyone, but that was especially true for Deacon Milburn Kram. He needed to find a career that would challenge him. Fortunately, he found a career path where he could use his natural intellect and his natural critical thinking skills. His primary occupation was farmer and rancher. He was employed for Humble Oil and Hurder Truck Lines in Houston, TX and a farmer and rancher in Moulton, Texas. Milburn was a dedicated and valued employee and was respected by his colleagues for his ability to grasp and understand difficult concepts.
Milburn was a United States Army Veteran. He served in Texas. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He received several awards including an Expert marksman US Rifle caliber 30 mil, SS on 24, April 1955 and 30 caliber machine gun, 1st class GNR on 22, June 1956. Milburn was an asset to the military system. He had the ability to appreciate the logic necessary to succeed in a regimented life style.
Hobbies were more than fun for Milburn because he challenged himself to learn the theory behind the actual activity. Knowing how things worked was more incentive than just performing and completing the task. His favorite pursuits were fishing, swimming, camping, inventing, spending time with family, and reading.
Milburn found great pleasure by relaxing and watching sports on TV or in person. He was an avid student of the game and enjoyed comparing his ideas and choices with what actually happened during the game. Even though he generally would keep his feelings to himself, Milburn would often use athletic events and sports as an outlet. In high school, Milburn played baseball and basketball. Recreational sports included bowling. He also enjoyed just being a sports fan. Tops on his list were baseball and basketball. Specifically the Houston Astros and San Antonio Spurs.
Friends and acquaintances usually viewed Milburn as the brains behind the operation and using this talent, he contributed a great deal to the many organizations to which he belonged. His own ability to adapt actually helped those around him to come up with creative approaches to a variety of situations. Milburn worked hard once he became committed to a goal, and he was a strong contributor whenever it came to the planning process. Throughout his later years, Milburn was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion. He became a valued and a contributing member of each volunteer organization.
Milburn's strong sense of faith helped him remain focused on the needs and concerns of others. These values brought him strength and helped to reinforce the importance of both his faith and the practice of his religion. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church his whole life. During that time, he taught CCD, was an Encaustic Minister, Lector, spoke at rosaries and vigil services, and a Deacon.
Travel was a luxury for Milburn and something that he took great pleasure in doing. Milburn was at his best in the planning stages, as he did research and learned all about the places that he would be visiting. He wasn't as fond of dealing with the actual organizing, but once he put together all of the information, he was more than happy to turn it all over to someone else and let them put together the itinerary. Favorite vacations included Alaska and Hawaii.
Milburn especially enjoyed time with his pets. He could spend hours in private thought, and his faithful companions would just sit by his side or in his lap. One of Milburn's favorites was Ponch, a Rat Terrier dog. They were best friends for 6 years.
Deacon Milburn Kram passed away on November 18, 2018 at in his home. He fought a brave battle against gastric cancer. He is survived by wife Marian Kram and three sons. Services were held at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Milburn was laid to rest in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, Texas.
Those who knew and loved Milburn will miss his quiet gentleness, his curiosity and his ability to often turn work situations into fun experiences. He leaves all those who knew him with many wonderful memories.

Funeral Homily – Milburn Kram
“Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”
These are the words that Bishop Fellhauer told Milburn Kram on December 19, 2009 when he ordained him as a deacon for the Diocese of Victoria. We come here today in this holy place where Deacon Kram was baptized, received his first communion, was confirmed and married to his beloved wife, Marian over 60 years ago. It was here, in this church and the surrounding community that he fulfilled the words spoken to him by Bishop Fellhauer on that ordination day in 2009. And it is here in this church he loved that we are gathered to reflect on Milburn’s service to God, his family, and to the community.
All of us are chosen by God. When we were baptized we became sons and daughters of God. Since we are chosen, it should only be natural that we would want to live lives that reflect the love of God. God called Milburn just as we are all called to love and serve him. And that is what Milburn did.
Milburn loved the country life. Raised in his community, he graduated from Moulton High School in 1956, served in the U.S. Army Reserve, and received a degree from Baldwin’s Business College. He married his high school sweetheart Marian back in 1958 and moved to Houston primarily working as a manager at Herder Truck Lines. Milburn was not really happy in Houston and longed to move back to the country. In 1972, he and his family moved back to the family farm and it was there he spent the rest of his life doing what he loved, farming and raising cattle. He also enjoyed building and fixing things. He passed on the love of the country and the outdoors to the next generation.
Milburn well understood the words of the gospel from St. John that I read a few moments ago. Being a man of the earth, he knew that a grain of wheat must die in order to produce much fruit. And Milburn did use the earth to produce much fruit in the success he had with the land for so many years. He and Marian also produced much fruit in the family that they started and raised in the faith. That family is here today in this church remembering and acknowledging the positive influence that Milburn and Marian had in their lives. This influence extends not only to his children but his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well.
This gospel from St. John also closes with words that describe Milburn’s spiritual life. “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.”
Milburn did that all of his life. He was very active in his catholic faith especially here at St. Joseph’s. He and Marian were faithful parishioners involved in many ministries and served this faith community in many ways. It was late in life that Milburn answered a special call from God to serve in an even greater way. Milburn went through the diaconate formation and was ordained a deacon after turning 70 years old, there age where some dioceses require deacons to retire. It wasn’t easy, the academics, still active in farming, and having a family that continued to grow. But Milburn knew what the diaconate was about, to be a servant, just as Jesus is servant to us all. Milburn realized that he was blessed by God and shared those blessings by serving God and his fellow man.
Life isn’t always easy. All of us have had our share of problems. It is how we deal with these problems that defines who we are. It is in times of difficulties that God is there for us even when things seem to be the darkest. Despite the many blessings Milburn received from God, he also had his share of difficult times.
If you listened to the first reading from Lamentations, you may have had some mixed emotions. The beginning of the reading has a somewhat negative theme, reflective of someone who is struggling. It is a reading that is not often heard at funerals. Marian and I discussed this selection. She felt that it was a reflection on what Milburn endured during this past year.
He had a lot of medical problems starting with unsuccessful back surgery last December and it seemed like one health issue led to another. He spent all of September in the hospital and things continued to deteriorate. He wasn’t able to do many of the things he love to do and had to rely on others to take care of him. Then a few weeks ago, things really go worse. The last part of the reading is what Marian felt described the last few days of Milburn’s life. It says, “Good is the Lord to on who waits for him, to the soul that seeks him; It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.”
Milburn spent his last few days in silence. He was not able to speak but as Marian said, you could see he was at peace. It was his faith, his hope in the Lord that gave him and his family comfort. As he completed his journey here on this earth, he looked forward to hearing those words that we all hope to hear from our Savior Jesus Christ, the greatest servant of them all, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Welcome to the place I have prepared for you.”







Written by Brittania Darilek:
In the last few weeks I have come to realize the significance of dates in our lives. These significant dates bind us and bring us together as a family and friends. We come together to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and in this instance the loss of someone very special to us.
All of you gathered here today are here to celebrate the life of my Popo, Milburn Kram. You and my family know the spiritual leader he was but I would like to share a few stories about who Popo Milburn was to me and my family.
Popo above all else was a farmer at heart, followed closely by a spiritual leader. He taught all of us in the family what it meant to do an honest day’s work and to always do the best job you can. He was not one to sit still too long, whether it was working on equipment, known to the boys as “the pit”, fixing fence, moving cattle, or baling hay, he’d make sure the job got done. Popo was a perfectionist in his own way. When he had a creative thought, he would invent a gadget that he thought would make his work easier even though Uncle Brian thought it took way longer or was way too heavy to use. Popo was always so proud of his gadgets. After a long day’s work, you could find Popo on the front porch laying on the cool cement with a Shiner Bock in hand, sometimes just meditating or talking to grandma about the day.
Popo was a very devoted husband to his wife of 60 years. Grandma and Popo would make countless trips to Victoria. Popo would follow Grandma around at the mall and then Grandma would follow Popo around at Harbor Freight, Lowes, or TSC. I don’t honestly know if they were ever not by each other’s side. When you come into the house, Popo would be sitting at the end of a small bar with Grandma attentively getting him a glass of milk or a bowl of ice cream. They had a life together that was inspirational. Like my son Talan said, “No matter what disagreement Popo and Grandma had working today, Grandma would still cut up Popo’s chicken for him.” The past few weeks their love for one another really showed. Grandma handing on to Popo’s hand just to let him know that she was there and getting him whatever he asked for. Their love exemplified what marriage is all about.
Popo was an inspirational family leader. I think we all knew by the tone of his voice when we should pay attention or maybe pray. He had a voice that demanded attention when he was teaching or when he wanted to share his knowledge. He also had a gentleness and playfulness with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always ready for hugs (Popo and I used to call it “charge up” when I would leave). We enjoyed playing dominoes with him and learning all the tasks of the farm life. Popo took great pride in his family’s careers and always wanted to lend a helping hand or share his knowledge. He would always have a million questions and seemed to go do research before our next visit, so he would know everything. He loved to just sit back and listen to all of us. His prayers for all of us at meal times or special events were epic, something we will never forget. His way with words touched us all.
Popo, you made the world a better place for me and everyone you met. Popo, I don’t even know where to begin… the influence you have made in my life has given me the confidence and strength to stand up here and talk about you. I was always amazed by your homilies in church and how you spoke with such ease. However, I knew how much time you put into making those homilies relatable to those who heard it. You have always given me a sense of comfort and peace. I know I could run to you and get that great big hug and know how truly loved I was for who I am. I felt like we could just be in each other’s presence and find peace and joy in just each other’s company. We never really had to say anything at all. It is very hard to say goodbye and I don’t want to, but I will remember all the wonderful memories we have made and your legacy will live on. I am so proud to call you my Popo and I will miss you so much.
A fitting poem we came across that we wanted to share:
“God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not meant to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come with me”. With tearful eyes we watched you slowly fade away. Although we loved you dearly, we would not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, you hard-working hands put to rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.” - God Saw You Getting Tired, by Frances and Kathleen Coelho