Terry John Kramer
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Terry, TJ Kramer was born in Ashland, Wisconsin to Peggy Lou Couture and John “Jack” Vernon Kramer. He grew up in Cable, Wisconsin, hunting, skiing and learning to build beautiful lake homes with his Dad, Uncle Don Kramer and cousin Jack Friels. Terry competed in high school basketball at Cable High School, graduating in 1968 in a class of 18 students. He also skied competitively throughout his high school years. Following high school he attended the Rice Lake Vo-Tech School earning an associates degree in drafting. A dear family friend, Ray DeVries, brought Terry to Colorado to ski the Rockies beginning at age 12, and so after graduation and trade school, Terry headed to Glenwood Springs to make his way in 1972. He fell in with a young crowd of softball players who are his friends to this day. Terry started coaching the Sunlight Ski Team around this time and for the next twenty years. His young racers are now fine skiers and loving parents all over the valley and the U.S. He invited his brother, Scott, to move here and join him coaching and working in 1979. He built custom homes for a time and then moved into custom cabinetry, where his artistic skills and craft excelled. “All About Wood” was his business for the last decade or more. While coaching at Sunlight he saw a pretty blonde skier carve her way through some crud spring snow, like it was butter and fell in love. He and Carol Thompson were married on March 7, 1982. Daughter Lindsey Nichole Kramer was born on May 9, 1984, Kendall Marie Kramer was born on February 24, 1988 (she died shortly after birth), and Ashley Marie Kramer was born on August 1, 1990. His girls were a delight to Terry, being as athletic as he could hope and as pretty and bright as their mother. Terry loved to hunt and had a hunting camp up on Basalt Mtn., which he shared with his brothers and dear friends for more than 30 years ” Chuck, “Donnelly”, Scott, Ned, Strip and many others. He was also an avid golfer, water skier and boater, visiting Lake Powell as often as he could. Terry joined the Elks Lodge #2286 BPOE many years ago, serving in many capacities including Exalted Ruler. He recently joined the Eagles and was serving as President. Terry was generous and loved to help folks out, to raise money for friends in need, and to offer his assistance.
He is survived by his daughters, Lindsey and Ashley, brother Scott (Trish) Kramer, sisters Sandi (Dennis) Rasmussen, and Angie (Doug) Manthey, his father Jack and his bonus mom Ginny. He is preceded in death by his mother Peg, brother Gary, and daughter Kendall.
Memorial services will be held Monday, April 13th at 4 p.m. at the Mountain View Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be make to the Eagles or Elk lodges in his name.
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