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Ross E. Kramer

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On September 14, 2021 @ 6:16 pm In 2021,Obituaries | 15 Comments

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Ross E. Kramer, of Seattle, WA, passed away September 12, 2021 at the age of 81. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

Private family services will be held, and Ross will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

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Condolence from Ralph T Carlson on September 15th, 2021 3:51 pm

Final Flight Ross. We all will join you some day. Rest in Peace, Air Force Brother and Friend.

Condolence from Laura Merickel on September 15th, 2021 9:33 pm

I worked with Ross on the Twins ballpark. During that time some of us, along with family members , attended a Twins game. The give away that night was a clapping toy. I had two of my young sons with me and they were seated next to Ross. After a bit I noticed that the clappers had gone quiet. I asked the boys where they went. They responded “Mr. Kramer rented them from us. ” Ross found a way to address the noise in a delightful manner. He was good at finding solutions and keeping friends. A wonderful man.

Condolence from Art Wallace on September 16th, 2021 11:20 am

Missy and Family,
Pat and I pass on our sincere condolances…. Rosss was a great friend and professional during our growing up years… I rememberour many aviation experiences and trading interesting stories….It was great to be his first legal client as we closed on our Eagan home in 1974…. It was difficult to play and win at raquetball with his skill and length on the court… So many memories and stories that will never see the light of day again…
Our humble respect and sadness of losing a wonderful and engaged man….
Art and Pat Wallace

Condolence from DAVID F ALBRECHT on September 16th, 2021 12:23 pm

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend Ross Kramer. Ross was an excellent pilot and performed many difficult missions in Vietnam, one of which earned him a Silver Star. He was proud of that medal and rightfully so. After Vietnam he returned to instruct pilots in the C-130 aircraft, an aircraft he flew until his retirement from the USAF. Concurrently with the USAF Ross flew for Northwest Airlines and earned a Legal Degree as well, he was an industrious person and just an all around great guy. I was fortunate to have known and worked with Ross in aviation and was a life long friend from the time of our meeting during the Vietnam war. A true gentleman and a genuine American Hero. God Bless Ross and let Perpetual Light Shine upon him. Amen.

Condolence from Glenn Shull on September 16th, 2021 6:48 pm

I was in Base Operations while Ross was upstairs with the other pilots and crews. He was a well
respected officer and pilot. Although I haven’t seen him in years he will be missed.

Condolence from Ross DeKraay on September 17th, 2021 8:20 am

Such Sad news! My heart goes out to you all.

Ross was a true gentleman, a giving man that was a excellent pilot and attorney/ lobbyist, with a list of accomplishments and contributions to the Mpls/St Paul community that are endless. Always had numerous balls in the air. Blessed with a lot of energy and a great laugh!

As a close friend and fellow pilot, both in the Reserves and at Northwest, I’ve known Ross since he was finishing law school, laid off with the airlines, and a check pilot in the AF Reserves. A proud man that was humble in his own way. He also was one of the most connected people you could meet blessed with an excellent memory. He will be missed by many . A Great Man !

Rest in Peace Buddy! God Bless !

( please let us know if there is any memorial planned)

Ross DeKraay

Condolence from Tim Anderson on September 17th, 2021 9:23 am

When I checked into the flying squadron on my first day in Jan 1980 I was handed my C-130 flight manuals. The name still affixed on the books was Ross’s. He had just retired from the reserve unit, so I never had the chance to fly and work with him there. But he surfaced at the MAC as a consulting attorney and, as an employee there, I was fortunate to interact with him from time to time. He was the consummate professional in all three of his careers, a great guy to get to know, a lover of life (I remember seeing him on his Harley with the “ROAD LAWYR”” license plate) and a friend to all. He will be missed.

Condolence from Kevin Miller on September 17th, 2021 1:46 pm

Our beloved cousin. We offer our condolences from the Pacific Northwest. It was never Christmas without the Kramer brothers coming over for a visit. We were blessed to have such a wonderful cousin.

Condolence from Don Hillman on September 17th, 2021 2:51 pm

Ross was a good man. Well liked by everyone and extremely competent in every thing he did.

Condolence from Kathy McCullough on October 4th, 2021 7:26 pm

How can you not love Ross?! He was in my class in 1981 at NWA and he was our party animal/scheduler… he knew all the best places to go!! I can still hear him in my head… “Hey kath…” just before he let me know some new scheme he had cooked up…

Condolence from Bob Crawford on October 7th, 2021 9:48 am

So sorry to hear of Ross’s passing, I first met Ross while working in the simulator at NWA. Genuine nice and kind person, always great stories, he will be missed. Fair winds Ross

Condolence from Bob Crawford on October 7th, 2021 9:52 am

So sorry to hear of Ross’s passing, First met Ross while working in the simulator at NWA. Genuine nice and kind person, always great stories, he will be missed. Fair winds Ross

Condolence from John Apitz on November 15th, 2021 1:27 pm

Ross was a mentor and a friend. He picked me “out of the litter” when the M & K Government Relations Department decided it was time to grow. His guidance and example offered me a path that changed my life.

As we send REK on his way, today, the stories flowed, each with a touch of the grace and good humor that becomes an icon from another time.

Ross, Roscoe, REK, Captain Kramer… ride on, Buddy. Ride on…

Condolence from MJJacobson (Jake), USAFR, Retired on November 16th, 2021 5:02 pm

RIP Col Kramer. I remember you being an outstanding pilot at the 934th. Gone too soon.. Blue Skies.

Condolence from Phil Dibb on December 1st, 2021 11:13 pm

Well Ross, you’ve slipped the surly bonds of earth. You were a terrific mentor and kept it interesting when we flew together in Vietnam in 1968. I’m so glad we were able to reconnect in 2004 and a few times thereafter. God speed dear friend.

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