Lincoln Alternative Funeral and Cremation Services

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Stephen (Steve) William Kramer, 81, of rural Martell, passed away on Sunday, February 25th, 2024, at Gateway Vista Long Term Care with family by his side.

Steve was born in Madison, Wisconsin to Arthur and Dorothy (Hansen) Kramer. He grew up in the village of Cooksville. He attended Stoughton High School and afterwards spent four years in the Air Force. He qualified as a sharp-shooter and spent time running one of the first computers. He studied history and anthropology at the University of Wisconsin. He spent his career as a Tool and Die maker.

He was a renaissance man: curious, humorous, intellectual, mechanically inclined, and a lifelong lover of nature, animals and shooting sports. A perfect day was spent mostly outside, ending beside a fire with good conversation.

In his youth, Steve rehabilitated local wildlife, including a young, injured owl and two orphaned raccoons. He loved motorcycles, small planes and one specific souped-up sky-blue Chevy Luv pickup. As an adult, he joined MENSA. He acquired his pilot’s license and partnership in a small Cessna. He loved to travel, visiting 47 states and most of the Canadian provinces.  He regretted missing Alaska, the Florida everglades and South Carolina. However, he enjoyed many trips to the Ozarks to spend a week on the houseboat. He enjoyed jazz and classic rock, good scotch and dry humor. He was a great storyteller.

He leaves behind his wife Debra, children Kellie Kramer (Oskaloosa, IA), Jennifer Rogers (Lincoln, NE), Matt & Holly Rogers (Omaha, NE) and grandchildren: Jack Kramer, Gene Sorensen, Dylan and Marissa Rogers.

After cremation, a private burial is intended in spring.

Memorials may be sent to Lincoln Alternative Funeral Services C/o Kramer Family, 245 N. 27th Street, Suite B, Lincoln, NE 68503.

One thought on “Stephen (Steve) William Kramer

  • Russ and Kay Egger

    We were neighbors of Steve. We always enjoyed the visits we had with Steve and Deb. Our sympathy goes to his family, who he always talked about.

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