Ryan J. Kramer, 29, of Bernard, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family, from complications of Friedreich’s Ataxia, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.
Private visitation and family services were held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Cascade, with Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding. Mass servers were Charlie Simon and Pete Ludwig. Eucharistic Ministers were Jean Simon and Monica McDermott. Lectors were Teresa Hosch, Jeff Workman and Judy Hayen. Placing the pall were Jeff, Joan and Craig Kramer. Giftbearers were his godparents, Tom McDermott and Shawn Kluesner. Casketbearers were Dawson Biermann, Dillon Hosch, Lisa Workman, Michael McDermott, Mike McDermott, Nate McDermott, Riley McGovern and Rob Kramer. Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Epworth. Services were live streamed on the St. Thomas Aquinas Pastorate Facebook Page.
Ryan was born Feb. 15, 1993, in Dubuque, son of Jeff and Joan Kramer. He was a 2011 graduate of Western Dubuque High School. He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and of the Brotherhood of the Great Squirrel Shootout.
Ryan had a great love for baseball, basketball, football and coon hunting. He was an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, game shows and just hanging out with his family, friends and his dogs.
Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Jeff and Joan Kramer of Bernard, his best friend and brother, Craig Kramer of Bernard and his pets, Gunner, Sarge and Mojo. He is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Alan and Margie McDermott; paternal grandparents, Loras and Mary Ann Kramer; aunts and uncles: Cheryl and Don Peters, Lynne and Jim Mona, Mike and Monica McDermott, Pat McDermott, Lisa and Jeff Workman, Bill and Tammy McDermott, Tom and Kris McDermott, Judy and Mike Hayen, John and Rebecca McDermott, Chris ‘Pointy’ Kramer, ‘Hot Rod’ and JoAnn Kramer, Dawn and Steve Biermann, Shawn and Tim Kluesner and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by an uncle, Brian ‘Bugsy’ Kramer and a very special friend, Irwin Simon.
The family is extremely grateful for Dr. Ian Law, Dr. Katherine Mathews, Sherry Kelchen-ARNP and the doctors, nurses and hospital staff at the University of Iowa, MercyOne and Hospice of Dubuque.
In lieu of flowers, a Ryan J. Kramer memorial fund has been established, and in lieu of personal thank you notes, the family will be donating the postage cost to the Friedreich’s Ataxia Foundation in honor of Ryan.
Anyone unable to attend services may send memorials to the Reiff Funeral Home Attn: Ryan J. Kramer Family, PO Box 430, Cascade, Iowa, 52033. A video tribute may be viewed and online condolences may be sent to the family at www. reifffuneralhomeinc.com.