Daniel Everett Kramer (Boone) was born June 21, 1923, to Lawnie E and Harriet M. (Dickover) Kramer, the oldest of nine children. He passed over the Great Divide, Sept. 4, 2016, at the Beartooth Manor in Columbus, with his family present. Dan was born in Rapelje and was a lifelong resident, except for his military service in Korea from June of 1946 to November of 1947, and when he moved his family to Clyde Park from 1964 to 1969.
Dan married Mary Jane Hemphill on April 7, 1951, he is survived by his four children, Jerry (Carol) of Casper Wyo., grandchildren Sara Dowd and Melissa Cook, Dianne (Doug) Watson of Havre, grandchildren Jay and Chad Watson, Leanne (Ray) Lind of Billings, grandchildren Amy Ensign, Clint Parker and Ron Lind, Jodi (Mark) Pedersen of Klamath Falls Ore., grandchildren Ryan Cossitt, Mark, and Ryan Pedersen. Brother Roger (Pat) Kramer, sisters Carol Skiles and Kay Fowler, sisters-in-law Petrita Kramer, Bev Kramer, Gert Hemphill, Marge Hemphill . Preceding him in death was his mother and father, wife Mary Jane, infant granddaughter Watson, brothers Robert (Vicki), Pat, Larry, Lee (Marilyn) and Jim, sister-in-law Ethel (Lester) Hageman, brothers-in-law Bill Skiles, John Fowler, Don Hemphill, Howard (Alice) Hemphill, Richard Hemphill. He is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dan worked for numerous ranchers in the Rapelje area until he was employed by Stillwater County Road and Bridge crew. In 1964, Dad moved the family to Clyde Park taking a five year break from the County, when he purchased Red’s bar. He returned back to Rapelje in 1969, to take over his old job with the county, where he was employed there for a total of over 35 years, retiring in 1985. After retirement, he enjoyed life by fishing and entertaining his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren as well as continuing to help the area ranchers with various jobs, he especially loved branding season. Dan was a person that would help anyone in need and didn’t know a stranger.
He was given a letter of appreciation from the FAA in October 1985, for an aircraft that was in trouble over Rapelje. The quick thinking of the town’s folk helped to bring this aircraft safely back to land on the Highway.
He was a member of the Columbus American Legion Post 34.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 8, at the Smith Funeral Chapel, Columbus. Inurnment with Military Honors will be in the Rapelje Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Stockman Café in Rapelje.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Stockman Café, PO Box 101 Rapelje MT 59067 or to the charity of your choice.