Dr. Robert "Bob" F. Cramer, M.D.

November 19, 1951November 7, 2019

Dr. Robert "Bob" F. Cramer M.D., 67, of Sherman, passed away November 7, 2019 at home, in the arms of his loving wife, Marilee and cat, Bea by his side. He was born on November 19, 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Frederick and Lois Landsberger Cramer. Bob married Marilee Harvey on October 8, 1988 at their home in Sherman, under the Burr Oak tree and she survives.

Dr. Cramer is also survived by one brother Steven (Jacque) Cramer of Edina, Minnesota and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles. Bob graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield and practiced medicine with compassion and skill in Springfield for thirty seven years. He cared deeply for his patients and they for him. He retired in March 2018 and was diagnosed with glioblastoma in October, 2018.

Bob was truly a gentle, humble man but not always the most patient one. He was a sensitive man full of compassion, conviction, integrity & strength. All qualities that served him well in his medical practice and saw him through the last year of his life. He had a brilliant mind prior to the glioblastoma & was an avid reader of multiple genres and loved good conversation & friendly debate. He believed in & honored Mother Nature and all her creatures big and small. He was passionate about environmental issues, seethed at injustices and rallied for the underdog. He loved many genres of music, from Jimi Hendrix to Mario Lanza and made his annual trips to Bonoroo music festival with his pal, Al. He always looked forward to his annual skiing & camping trips with his lifelong buddies from Minnesota. An outstanding memory for him was traveling with Marilee & the Harris’ to Washington, DC in 2009 for the Obama inauguration. He also cherished the memories of recent trips he made with his brother Steve and loving nephews, Matt and Peter. Bob had a competitive spirit and excelled in the activities he enjoyed; skiing (water & snow), road running and long distance bicycling. He made many friends through these activities and was fed with love by those friendships. He loved to party and dance and didn’t like being left out of anything. He found solace in long walks, hiking, camping, bird watching and snorkeling. He loved adventure and travel with his wife Marilee and “travel buds” The Wiley’s. He was also a man of romance and loved spending quiet times at The Cramerosa with Marilee, walking the trails, watching the sunset, sitting at his pond or by a fire. He loved life and everything it had to offer. His physical presence will be sorely missed.

Robert was a member of the Illinois Medical Association, Spasmodic Dystonia Association, Springfield Road Runners Club, Springfield Bicycle Club and Illinois Native Plant Society. In 2016 he was awarded the American Heart Association’s Heart Saver Hero award for helping save a fellow bicyclist’s life.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30pm on Saturday November 23, 2019 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen Street. The family will greet friends following the memorial service from 1:00pm until 3:00pm Saturday at Bisch and Son. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Brain Tumor Association, Doctors Without Borders, Illinois Native Plant Society, Nature Conservancy, Wild Birds Unlimited, The Sierra Club or any environmental or nature focused organization. In lieu of flowers, plant a tree or native plant in memory of Bob. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 23, 2019

  • Memorial Gathering

    Saturday, November 23, 2019


Dr. Robert "Bob" F. Cramer, M.D.

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Gary Leming

December 29, 2019

Marilee, please accept Kate and my sincere condolences. We were in Florida at the time of Dr. Cramer’s death. I just can’t say enough as to how I appreciate the treatment I received from you and Dr. Cramer over the years. Wishing you the best.

Neil Trembley

December 4, 2019

Bob was a good one.

Linda Langdon

November 23, 2019

Dear Marilee,
Heartfelt sympathy for your loss of Bob. There truly are no words to ease the pain you are experiencing. But, I hope the wonderful memories you both shared will bring you some comfort.
Linda Langdon

Judy Greenan

November 20, 2019

Marilee and family!! I was so sad to read about Bob!! He was a great person and doctor!! He will be missed by everyone who knew him!! Please know that I will be praying for you and you family at this sad time! Please send me an email with your phone number so I can give you a call!! It is!! Again I am so very sorry for your loss!!
Judy Greenan

Jim Seiter

November 17, 2019

Bob has been a true friend since highschool. We have had many great experiences together and with other friends. I will never forget the kindness he and Marlee showed me and the kids when my mom was so sick. He was always the first to make sure I was ok when I had serious health issues. A great doctor and a truly compationate man. I will mlss him more than words can express.

alan mathiowetz

November 17, 2019

I first met Bob when we were both 14 years old, on the first day of our freshmen year of high school in 1966. We were assigned to the same homeroom with Brother George as our English teacher. Bob impressed me right away as a smart, witty, capable, self-assured boy (we all mockingly laughed when it became known that the school’s Head Disciplinarian’s title was the “Dean of Men”).
He and I, along with many in that class, became and remained friends throughout more than a half-century. He was a valued, steadfast friend, popular, honest to a fault, a man of high standards for himself and others, a skilled participant/sometime opponent in contentious political, religious, moral and ethical debate sessions, and an all round generally decent guy. I consider myself very lucky indeed to have spent those formative years sitting in classrooms with him and extending that friendship for so many more years.
He will be sorely missed and my life was the better for having known him. We should all be so fortunate to have the same said of us some day.
If I hadn’t become a fallen away Catholic during our Junior year Comparative Religion class with Brother Jeffrey, I would say “Hope to see you in the afterlife Class of ’70 Reunion, Bob.”
But I’m pretty well satisfied just having known him in this world.

Ken Shrake

November 17, 2019

Very sorry Marilee. He was a great doctor and a friend. Will be greatly missed

David Simmons

November 16, 2019

Dr Cramer will be greatly missed. He was both my mom's and dad's doctor for many years. Then when I moved back to Springfield to care for them, he became my doctor as well. Always a smile, very patient and kind. My thoughts and prayers go out to Marilee.

Ashley Kochman

November 16, 2019

Dr. Cramer was such a wonderful caring man. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

Carole Murray

November 16, 2019

So very sorry for your sorrow, Marilee. Big hugs and prayers to you all.


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