Ryan J Kramer | The Gazette

Ryan J Kramer


Ryan J. Kramer, 29, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family, due to complications from Friedreich’s ataxia on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

Private tours and family services will be held on Tuesday, August 9, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, with the Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding. Burial will take place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Epworth. The services will be streamed live on the Pastoral de Santo Tomás de Aquinas Facebook page for those who wish to view them.

Ryan was born on February 15, 1993, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Jeff and Joan Kramer. He is a 2011 graduate of Western Dubuque High School.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and a member of the Brotherhood of the Great Squirrel Shootout.

Ryan had a great love for baseball, basketball, soccer, and raccoon hunting. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, and Iowa Hawkeyes. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, game shows, and just hanging out with his family, friends, and his dogs.

Those left to treasure his memory are his parents, Jeff and Joan Kramer of Bernard; Bernard’s best friend and brother, Craig Kramer; 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.

She was preceded in death by an uncle, Brian “Bugsy” Kramer; and a very special friend, Irwin Simon.

The family is extremely grateful to Dr. Ian Law, Dr. Katherine Mathews, Sherry Kelchen-ARNP, and the doctors, nurses, and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital, MercyOne, and Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, a Ryan J. Kramer Memorial Fund has been established and in lieu of personal notes of thanks, the family will donate the cost of shipping to the Friedreich’s Ataxia Foundation in Ryan’s honor. Memorials can be sent by anyone unable to attend services to Reiff Funeral Home Attn: Ryan J. Kramer Family, PO Box 430, Cascade, IA, 52033.

A video tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent online to the family at www. www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.