Jacob "Jim" Kramer, 74, of Bismarck, passed away September 5, 2018 surrounded by family at home after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Church of St. Anne Catholic Church in Bismarck. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, with a rosary at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND.
Jacob was born July 23, 1944 in the Bismarck Hospital to Jacob Kramer and Lydia (Dietrich) Kramer. He was raised and educated in Wishek, ND. In 1964 he married Marcella Schaffner at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Zeeland, ND. Together they raised three children, Michelle, Tamara, and O’Brien, Jacob’s step-son. In 1969 they moved to Marcella’s family farmstead. They farmed for seven years, until 1975 when they moved to Bismarck, ND. Jacob and Marcella were married for sixteen years, divorced, and reunified in later years.
Jacob was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard in 1970 after he and Marcella moved to Zeeland. He reenlisted with the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged after serving 21 years. He was given several accommodations for his hard work and dedication. Jacob was a member of the NDARNG Enlisted Association. Jacob was also a long-term employee of the ND Dept. of Transportation and was acknowledged for his contributions. He was driven to do what needed to be done. He retired in 2007. In spite of a chronic battle with back pain, he was determined to work until he retired.
Jacob loved to hunt, fish, and could carry on long conversations with friends and family who shared his interests. He loved to collect coins for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and fly kites with them. He looked forward to spoiling them, which allowed him to be a boy at heart. He was so proud to watch his oldest grandson play basketball. He was a generous man, who supported many humanitarian causes that came to his attention. When you really got to know Jacob, he could tell a good joke, but was a quiet, loving, and sensitive man by nature. Jacob had a deep love for his pets and “Louie” dutifully stayed by his side until he died. Jacob faced his death with courage, honor, and expressed a deep gratitude for family who watched over him.
Jacob is survived by his legal wife, Marcella Kramer; daughter Michelle Maund and her son Andre Maund; daughter Tamara (Daniel) Madler and their son Connor; step-son O’Brien (Brenda) Schaffner and their three children, Scott (Rachel), Michael, and Jacie (Ryan), and Jacie’s three children, Ethan, Evan, and Brenna; his brother Vernon; sisters Loretta and Arlene. Jacob is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and extended family. He is preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Antone and Marie Schaffner, mother Lydia, father Jacob, brothers Wilbert, Clarence, and Loyd, his sister Dorothy, nephews Kevin Kramer, Bruce Krueger, and Randy Krueger, and his brother-in-law Robert Doering.