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Robert "Bob" Kramer

In the wee hours of June 2, 2017 our loving husband and dad passed away at the age of 85. We were with him all week long, and we were able to say our goodbyes in the most beautiful and personal way. Absolutely nothing was left unsaid. It was all made more tolerable because we know he is now where he has wanted to be for some time - with his Lord and Savior. He is finally free of the frail body that was failing him so. Knowing he is free helps our heart, but the tears still flow. We love you, Dad (Bobby). You are our sweet angel.

Bob hated funerals. So in pure "Bobby" style, we will be honoring him in a celebration of his life - and there is much to celebrate.

He was born September 9, 1931, to Earnest and Frances Kramer in McLean, Texas. He passed from this life June 2, 2017, surrounded by his family in the home where he and his wife, Carolyn were married on August 23, 1953.

After completing high school, Bob graduated college from Panhandle State University, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He and wife, Carolyn raised son, Kerry and daughters, Robyn and well as several amazing dogs and cats. Bob was one of the most compassionate, kind, thoughtful, generous, helpful, and tolerant people to have walked the earth. In his humble and easy-going way - graced with gentle humor - he touched the lives of so many. He was an honorable man who walked his talk. He loved kids and animals and was always the guy you could count on to show matter what.

His coaching career included stops at Tyrone, Forgan, Balko, and Cherokee. In his 33 years at Balko, Coach Kramer won four State Championships, four State Runner-ups in 8-man football. He also won two State Championships in track. In 1987, Coach Kramer was the first 8-man football coach to be inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carolyn; son, Kerry and wife, Diahann of Ormond  Beach, Florida and sons, Sean and wife, Angela of Ormond Beach, Florida and Brett and wife, Jenna of Moore, Oklahoma; daughter, Robyn and husband, Randy of Cherokee, Oklahoma and their daughters, Tasha and husband, Adam of Enid, Oklahoma and Tana and husband, Cody of Enid, Oklahoma; daughter, Kim and husband, Steve of Pryor, Oklahoma and children, Taylor of Thailand; Hannah and husband, Jeff of Kopperl, Texas; and Brennon and BrynnEllen of Pryor, Oklahoma.

Bob's Celebration of Life is June 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cherokee.  Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Cherokee.  Viewing will be Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. .

Because of his love and dedication for young people, memorials may be made through Lanman Funeral Home to Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children or Hospice Circle of Love.

Expressions from friends and relatives

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May this tribute bring comforting words and pleasant memories during this difficult time. It has been an honor serving your family.
Lanman Funeral Home Staff


I am so sorry for your loss, but I am so grateful that Bob Kramer and his family were a part of my life.  I do not think anyone influenced my life more than Bob Kramer.   As a young coach , who thought he knew everything and actually knew nothing, Bob was a father and guidance counselor to me.  He taught me what was really important in life.  He showed me the importance of every athlete regardless of ability.  He emphasized simplicity, he was humble in victory, and always positive in defeat.   Bob was a unique football coach.  He took young men, who under most coaches would never have been good players, and taught them how to hit, enjoy it, and become great football players.   Bob was a great educator and a true friend.  I will miss you Bullet but I am glad you are finally home with our Lord.
Ron McKeaigg


What a great coach Bob was! In my 43 yrs of coaching I never coached with a coach that was better than Coach Kramer! While at Turpin I knew you better be ready when you played coach Kramer! His teams were always prepared and gave great effort! It was an honor to get to compete against him. He probably didn't know it but I considered him a mentor. After talking to him I knew there wasn't any sport that he couldn't coach and at any level of competition!! It was great to see him get elected into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame!! So deserving! I remember being at the Hall of Fame banquet, which was long, and I was so impressed with how well behaved Coach Kramer's young grand children behaved and watched all of the speeches!! I think it was the Kramer way!! Coach will be missed but his life will leave on through his family, friends, and former players!! 
Coach James Waters


Coach Kramer will continue to be a legend among Oklahoma coaches not only for his amazing records but for the character that he displayed and lived. Coach Kramer had more than his share of wins and State Titles but much more than that he prepared young men and women for life.
Bob Kramer, an amazing man who led an amazing life; a man of high value and a blessing to everyone who knew him.   IGWT t 2017
Robert B. Babcock


a Great man!
david sweigart


Just want to let the family know how much they are all in our prayers in the Glover household.  Coach Kramer was a great example to anyone that has ever coached high school athletics and his influence stretches over many generations in the coaching profession.  May he rest in peace! What a great life!
David Glover


Prayers go out to your family. I had a lot of respect for Coach Kramer as a teacher and a coach. May God, family and friends get you through this difficult time.
Barbara Pearson



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Cherokee, OK

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