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Alvin Gene Cramer

July 13, 1929 — January 17, 2021

Alvin Gene Cramer, 91, of Kansas City, MO passed away on January 17, 2021 Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 10:00 am St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial following at 10:30 am. Inurnment with Military Honors will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor.
Gene was born on July 13, 1929 to Mary Loerch and Harold W. Cramer. He graduated from Central High School in 1945. Gene had worked a variety of trades in his early life. His first job was at the Solid Carbonic Dry Ice Company with his stepdad "Woody" Hutto. Which later became the Modern Supply (Fire Extinguisher) Company. Gene worked in this family business until he enlisted into the ARMY in 1948 and served 3 years. He served his tour of duty in Okinawa Korea in the ASA. He was a Signal Radioman and a Korean War Veteran. After the ARMY, Gene obtained Technical Writer degree in Kansas City, Missouri. He also met Delores Canseco and they were married soon after in Des Moines, Iowa. Both Gene and Delores were in the aerospace industry and moved to Colorado. They both worked together at Martin Marietta on the Titan Missel Program. Gene the technical writer and Dolores was the technical artist. In 1963 they had their first child, Bruce Cramer. After the Titan Missile Program completed, they moved back to Kansas City, Missouri. Gene would take employment as a technical writer at the BENDIX plant in KC. He would visit his dad, Harold Cramer and was introduced to the Metalphoto photography process.
Then in 1965 they had their 2nd child, Lisa Cramer. At that time Gene ventured out to start his own business Photo-Graphics. Aside from printed data, designs and indoor / outdoor signage. Gene perfected this Metalphoto process into an art form. He created specialty plaques, religious cards, Restaurant Awards, and many novelty nameplates to custom order. The business thrived and he raised his family in south KC, MO.
In 1988 Dolores his wife died and he decided to take an early retirement and take on a business partner to sell the Photo-Graphics business. He did miss the business and his metalphoto craft. It would be several years later he would resume his beloved craft and Cramer Graphics was up and running. He loved his specialty work and it showed. He ran Cramer Graphics up until his health could no longer able him to do so.
Gene was an avid Tennis Player, which he didnt start to play until his mid-40s. When his health slowed, he just changed games and played pickleball. He was in several Senior Olympic games playing tennis and pickleball tournaments. Later, it would be bowling that would entertain his sport spirit. Everyone knew Gene because he was always happy and funny sharing his good spirit. He was a proud member of the 224 Kansas City American Legion Post.
He was loyal to the catholic church and went to daily mass at both Christ the King and St. Thomas Moore. He was well read in the church and would call the radio church talk line that discussed different views on various subjects.
Gene will be remembered for his faith, optimism, sense of humor, generosity, compassion, and gentle sweet spirit. He will be missed by many as he touched so many lives in a positive way.
He is survived by his son Bruce Cramer of Kansas City, Missouri, daughter, Lisa A. Cramer of Lone Jack, Missouri, 7 Grandchildren (Leah Cramer KC,MO, A.J. Cramer KC,MO, Nick Cramer KC, MO, Rachel Saunders, Michigan, Gracie Cramer KC, MO, Lindsay Peters Lone Jack, MO, Brooke Peters Lone Jack, MO, Daughter-n-Law Dawn Cramer KC,MO (half-brother) Stan Cramer KC, MO and Soul Mate (and spiritual partner in union) Gwen Echard.
He was preceded by his wife Delores Cramer Kansas City, MO; brother Harold Cramer Jr. KC, MO; (mother) Lucille Hutto Raytown, MO; (step-father) "Woody" Hutto Raytown, MO; (father) Harold Cramer KC,MO; (half-brother) Mike Cramer Oklahoma; (half-sister) Patricia Cramer KC, MO; (half-sister) Theresa Cramer KC,MO; (half-sister) Christine Cramer Springfield, MO; (uncle) Roy Cramer KC, MO: (grand-father) Harold Cramer Sr. KC, MO; (grand-mother) "Mom" Cramer KC, MO; and sister-in-law, Nancy Cramer.



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SERVICES Rosary
Friday, January 22, 2021 10:00 AM
St. Thomas More Church 11822 Holmes Road Kansas City, MO 64131
Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, January 22, 2021 10:30 AM
St. Thomas More Church 11822 Holmes Road Kansas City, MO 64131
Inurnment
Friday, January 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Mount Olivet Cemetery 7601 Blue Ridge Blvd Kansas City, Missouri 64138

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