Clyde L. Kramer, 76, of Bella Vista, Ark., passed away June 3, 2014, at his home. Celebration of Life services are Friday, June 27, at the Bella Vista Community Church, with Pastor Jeff Reed officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bella Vista Funeral and Crematory home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bella Vista animal shelter or the Bella Vista Community Church.
Clyde was born March 9, 1938, to the late Milton M. Kramer and Anna Mae H. Kramer in Elkader. He grew up in Elkader and received his B.A. degree from Luther College in Decorah, his M.A. degree from Truman University in Kirksville, Mo. and his Ed.D. from Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He was a teacher/coach for nine years in Winthrop, Monona and Decorah; a high school principal for seven years in Marion; a community college vice president for 14 years in Des Moines; and a community college president for 10 years with campuses in Calmar and Dubuque. He was proud of his 40 years as an educator, all in the state of Iowa, and his 17 years as a college and high school basketball and track official.
He and his wife Sandy moved to Bella Vista after his retirement in 2000 and lived on Loch Lomond Lake until 2010, when they moved to their residence at 4 Kilsyth Drive. He was an active fisherman, boater, swimmer, gardener and golfer. He was a former member of the Lion’s Club, Elks Club and Rotary Club. He loved playing golf with the Missing Links and Thumpers; he was a Belmont Co. Master Gardener (Class of 2005) and was a past president of the Bella Vista Welcome Club from 2002-2003. He started every meeting by “setting the tone,” and ended every meeting with his “thought for the day,” which was enjoyed by all. Clyde enjoyed working at the University of Arkansas indoor and outdoor track meets for a number of years. He as an active member of the Bella Vista Community Church.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed his career as an educator and loved to see his students succeed in life.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sandy L. Kramer, and together they had a blended family of five children: Valerie Hanson of Onalaska, Wis.; Jim Smith of Boston, Mass.; Lisa and husband Michael of Waverly; Jackie and husband Grant of Anchorage, Alaska; and Jeffrey and wife Shawn of Midland, Mich.; two brothers, Milt Kramer and wife of Manchester and Robert Kramer of Elkader; 14 grandchildren: Bryan Hanson, Kevin Hanson and wife Kendra; Bradley Hanson, Jim Smith III, Jarad Smith, Joshua Smith, Lindsay Haukap and husband Wyatt, Sean, Jessa, Ravyn, Jade, Austin, Bryce and Chance; three grandchildren: Oscar, Everett and Penelope; aunts, nieces and many cousins.