Tommy Dean Kramer, 60, of Nolanville, Texas, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020, following a courageous battle with cancer. A Funeral service with Pastor Towers officiating will be at 9:30 A.M. on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Heritage Funeral Home with a burial to follow at 11:00 A.M. at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery.
Tommy was born in Fort Scott, Kansas on December 24, 1959, to Jim Kramer and Donna Tyler Fisher. He spent his early years in Girard, Kansas, where he raised rabbits, loved his dog Rex, and playfully tormented his younger siblings. In 1978, Tommy graduated from Fort Scott High School, and in 1981 he joined the Army. While stationed at Fort Hood, Tommy met and later married the love of his life, Sandria, in 1985 in Belton, Texas. They settled in Nolanville, Texas and raised two children, Amber and Adam Kramer. He loved and valued his family, especially his granddaughter, Holland Brimhall. Becoming an Opa was one of his greatest joys. Recently Tommy gave his life to the Lord proclaiming Jesus Christ as his Savior; this knowledge gave him peace during his final months.
Tommy's military career spanned forty years, twelve of those years on active duty. He sacrificed time with friends and family, fulfilling tours in Germany, Egypt, Kuwait, and Iraq. After the Army, he joined the National Guard and served from 1993 until he retired in December of 2019 at the rank of First Sergeant. He was an avid woodworker and master carpenter at M.A.T.E.S. in Gatesville, Texas. During summer camps and monthly guard meetings, Tommy led young men and women and took great pride in watching them mature and advance. He was known as a definite patriot and lover of his country; a man of honor and integrity.
In his time off, he enjoyed planting and tending to plants and flowers around the family home. During the holidays, Tommy was known to have spent days decorating for Christmas with his daughter. Tommy enjoyed fishing, listening to all types of music, spending time with family and friends, and expanding his skills as a beer connoisseur. Car care was of great importance to him. He spent time meticulously cleaning and detailing all of the many cars he owned over the years and passed his love of cars to his son.
Tommy is preceded in death by his father, James (Jim) Kramer.
Survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sandria; daughter Amber Brimhall and husband, Sean; son, Adam Kramer; granddaughter, Holland Brimhall; brother, Steven Kramer; sister, Connie Wehmeyer and husband, Mark; sister, Shelley Morrison, and husband, Robert; mother, Donna Fisher; step-mother, Cecelia Kramer; and several nieces and nephews. His contagious smile, ornery and mischievous ways, and love and affection will be dearly missed.
If you would like, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following organizations in Tommy’s honor:
Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
American Cancer Society
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