Gary Allan Kramer
Gary Kramer, 49, former Glenwood Springs resident, lately of Scottsdale, Ariz., died May 30, 2008, in a plane crash in the Needles area of Canyonlands National Park. He was the sole passenger in a small Cessna owned by a local flight touring company, and piloted by a well-known pilot and citizen of the Moab community. Both perished in the crash. The FAA is still investigating the incident.Gary was born in 1958 in Ashland, Wis., and grew up in the Cable/Hayward area near Mt. Telemark Ski area. He was an avid water skier, alpine skier and cross country skier, winning the amateur portion of the American Birkebeiner in high school.He made a living in the building trades, having been taught by the best, his father, Jack Kramer of Cable.He is survived by his father and bonus-mom, Ginny; brothers Scott (Trish) Kramer, and Terry Kramer of Glenwood Springs; sisters Sandi (Dennis) Rasmussen and Angie (Doug) Manthey of Cable; nieces and nephews Ashley and Lindsey Kramer, Daniel and Patrick Kramer, Troy and Tami Rasmussen, and Alyssa and Zachary Manthey; and most importantly, by the two finest things he ever did in his life, his son Dustin Braeger and daughter Chandra Braeger, and their mother, Christy Braeger, all of Glenwood Springs. These two fine young people represent all the love, gifts, talents and goodness that Gary had such a difficult time showing in his own life. The family treasures them in his memory.He was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Lou Kramer (Couture); uncle Art Kramer; uncle Don and auntie Jo Kramer; and cousin Donny Kramer.In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider helping Chandra with her college tuition at CSU.
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