Smith Center - Loren Charles (L.C.) Kramer, 96, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021 at his home in Smith Center, KS.
L.C. was born November 3, 1924 in Agenda, KS, the son of Ralph T. And Millie (Byrd) Kramer. He attended country grade school and when the family moved to Washington County he finished his schooling at Washington High School.
In 1943 he enlisted in the Army and served with the 30th infantry division “Old Hickory” in World War II. He received the Purple Heart while serving in Normandy. At the end of the war he returned to Cloud County Kansas where he met Velda Shields and they were united in marriage on August 30, 1946. To this union three daughters were born, Linda, Debra, and Patricia.
In February 1947 he began working for South Western Bell and remained with them for 33 years. After his retirement he farmed until 2009 when his health forced him to sell the family farm house and move into town.
L.C. is survived by his wife Velda of the home. Daughters; Linda (Dennis) Pletcher of Portis, Debra (Curtis) Silsby of Smith Center and Patricia Kramer of Smith Center, three grandchildren Dan (Julie) Pletcher, Trisha (Steve) Wiehl and Ryan LaDow, nine great grandchildren Logan & Briley Pletcher, Jade & Dane Coleclasure, Spencer, Kamryn, & Cooper Wiehl, Sadie & Jade LaDow. Two sisters, twin sister Lorene Carlson of St. George KS and Betty O’Grady of Yankton, SD. Sister in law Sandra Kramer of Washington, KS.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Marcele Harry and Maxine Bower and two brothers George Henry and Donald Kramer and son-in-law Larry LaDow.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 8, 2021 at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, 113 S. Madison St., Smith Center, KS, with Pastor Laura Beth Fricker officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. with family present to greet friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center, KS. Memorials may be given to Hospice Services of Smith County and can be sent in care of the funeral chapel.