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Jerry Kramlich

Sep 5, 2014


Jerry Kramlich, 66 of Exeter, CA went to be with his heavenly father on September 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving wife & family. Jerry was born on March 16, 1948 in Bismarck, North Dakota to Emil & Mary Kramlich. He was the youngest of six, having five older sisters. Jerry was raised & educated in Steele, North Dakota.

Jerry met his sweetheart, Melva Lauer, in 1964, and the couple wed on August 19, 1967. Jerry was drafted into the Army in February, 1968, and was deployed to Vietnam where he served from August of 1968 to September of 1969. Upon returning, the couple moved to Rugby, North Dakota where Jerry began his career with his father at C and G Lumber. Jerry and his dad later purchased the lumber yard in 1985, turning it into K and K Lumber.

In March of 1975 Jerry & Melva adopted a baby boy, naming him Trevor Brett, and in September of 1977, they adopted a baby girl, naming her Tara Lynn. Their family was now complete.

Jerry & Melva & their two children moved to Exeter, California in January of 1986, when Jerry became the manager of Copeland Lumber from 1986-2001, and later Keith Brown from 2001-2002. Jerry became manager of High Sierra Lumber in Tulare from 2002-2014.

Jerry enjoyed camping with his family and friends and four-wheeling with his jeep.

Jerry was a loving and devoted husband, son, brother, father, papa, and friend. He is survived by his devoted wife of 47 years, Melva, his son Trevor, his daughter and son-in-law Tara & John Sharp, grandchildren Aubrey & Brody Sharp, father Emil Kramlich, Bismarck, North Dakota, and five older sisters & three brothers-in-law, Hilda & Gene Giese of Fargo, North Dakota, Betty Lang, Bismarck, Mary-Lou Retzer, Bismarck, Shirley Barnick & Don Olson, Stanford, Montana, and Gloria & Dean Steichen, Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as many extended family members and dear friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Kramlich, four brothers-in-law, Curtis Nelson, Melvin Enzminger, Darold Lang, Elmer Retzer & a nephew, Terry Enzminger.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 11am at the Exeter Memorial Building. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 7th, 3pm to 7pm Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be made to the American Cancer Society/Exeter Relay for Life c/o 251 E. Pine St., Exeter, CA 93221. Tributes and condolences may be made at www.smithfamilychapel.com

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