Delroy Kramer

Delroy Kramer

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
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Delroy “Del” Kenneth Kramer passed away 12/18/19 at 78 years old. Del was born in 1941 to Nina and Roy Kramer in Dickinson, ND. Del attended area schools until he enlisted in the Navy. After leaving the Navy, Del resided in Montana. It was during this time, Del had started his career as a truck driver. He hauled a lot of different commodities during his time as a driver, both as a company driver and owner operator. Being a truck driver was something Del very much enjoyed. He knew the interstates and state highways better than Rand McNalley as there was probably very few of them he had never been on. When health issues forced him to finally retire, one could tell he very much missed it by the way his face lit up when he reminisced his driving days.
Del was an animal lover. It was rare to see him without a dog or two (or more) at all times.

Del was proceeded in death by his parents, brother.

Del is survived by his sister, Marion (Wibaux, MT); his daughters Shannon Richardson (Grand Forks, ND), and Kristy Kramer (Missoula, MT); Grand-daughters Anyssa Richardson (Phoenix, AZ), Heleena Kramer (Missoula, MT); several nieces and nephews; cousins; friends.

The family of Del would like to thank Missoula Emergency Services for their diligent efforts on CPR to restore a heartbeat; the ICU nurses and doctors at St. Patrick Hospital that gave Del every best opportunity for recovery; the chaplain at St.Pats that was with the family when the difficult decision to let Del join the angels was made.

In lieu of flowers and cards, the family requests making a donation to the nearest animal shelter.
Cremation has already taken place. There will be an internment at the Veterans Cemetery at a later date with full military honors.

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.

Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.” – Anonymous
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Shannon Richardson

Posted at 12:48pm
He was always trying to be a positive person in life. He was always rooting for Kristy and I to do our best in school and jobs. He encouraged us in everything we did or was going to do. I was having bad times as a mail carrier and I would tell him and he said this is a great job to be with the post office. He told me, "put your big girl panties on and keep going. Stick with this job. Its a good one."
He was a big Mn Vikings fan and I'm a big Dallas Cowboys fan. He would call Cowboys the Cowgirls and make fun of me with them...not in a mean way. He'd ask if I have my crying towel and I said nope cuz they're going to win. So, if they didn't win he'd call or I'd call him and he'd ask if I got my crying towel. Lol We'd laugh about it. It was so nice to hear him laugh. Than, Nov 10 my fiancee' and I flew to Dallas for the Mn and Dallas game. Dallas lost but not by much 24 to 20. I talked to dad and he said those are 2 good teams that played that game. I was surprised he said that about Dallas. I miss talking to him. I wish I could talk to him again. I know he knows I love him. I went to Missoula to be with him for his last days. It was heart wrenching. Dad, I love and miss you so much! Please keep watch over all of us. I wish you would have woke to see Kristy, Heleena and I there by your side. I know you heard us tho. I miss calling and hear how you are doing. I loved how you were so excited to get that smaller oxygen tank. I have a lot of memories with our talks and visits. I love and miss you!

Kristy Kramer

Posted at 11:33pm
Everything I learned about driving a semi OTR, I learned from my dad. That was one area I looked up to him, was being able to drive a semi. I fell in love with the 18 wheeler at a young age, always wanted him to take me for a ride in one. Hoped one day I could drive one. When the opportunity presented itself, I got my CDL A, he seemed rather proud I followed in his footsteps by driving truck. I couldn’t do it for decades like he did. But anytime I had questions on which roads are better, truck stops, he was my go to person to ask. I hadn’t really be able to really relate to him on other things I had pursued like playing an instrument, because he never was musically inclined, but trucking was finally our common ground. I am glad I was able to make that connection with him.
When he gave up driving because of health issues, I know it was difficult, that was all he really knew. But I know that he is now driving a big rig 🚛 on heaven’s highways. In Heaven, all the weigh stations would be closed too (I know how much he hated the WA scale outside of Spokane).

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