Craig M. Kramer
Craig M Kramer of Chesterfield, MO passed away on November 29th, 2019 at 4:30pm surrounded by his wife and children after 20 months of battling ALS.
Craig is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Julie (Michaux) Kramer; three children Chelsea (Mark) Borchers, Hannah (Kyle Kutz) Kramer, and Mitch Kramer; two grandchildren Danielle and Adam; five siblings Jody (Rick) Kugele, Jan (Dave) Shields, Kevin (Diana) Kramer, Karen Kramer, and Kristin (Fidel) DeFreitas; parents-in-law Dave and Carol Michaux; sisters-in-law Diane Jablonski and Lisa Michaux; along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Craig is preceded in death by his parents Ken and Carol Kramer along with his brother-in-law Mike Michaux and brother and sister-in-law Cheryl and Jimmy Baker.
Craig was born on September 7, 1956 in Cincinnati, OH. He graduated from Elder High School in 1974 and from University of Cincinnati in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. A lifelong lover of learning, he went back to school and graduated from Washington University with an Executive MBA in 2009. Craig ended his professional career as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and lead office worker at Abengoa Bioenergy.
Craig enjoyed traveling, hiking, playing soccer, cycling, conspiring with his grandkids, building epic fires, and exploring the great outdoors. His Catholic faith was a huge part of his life and sustained him through his battle. He was an avid reader and loved math and science. Craig was always ready with a listening ear, and shared profound advice through his words and actions. Craig valued his friendships and was always up for an adventure. He is known for keeping everyone’s glass full at the party and dancing the night away. Craig was a master of mischief and always lived life to the fullest. Even in his last few weeks, he would rally to stay up for the party. After being diagnosed with ALS, Craig chose to be an advocate for the ALS community, raising funds and awareness so that others with ALS could have better care and support, live a better life, and hope for a cure.
A visitation will be held at Ascension Church in Chesterfield, MO on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 9:30am followed immediately by a memorial service at 10:30am.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Association ST. Louis Chapter. http://webstl.alsa.org/goto/