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Ann Arbor News - Obituary for Arthur Kramer: Age 91. Arthur W. Kramer, Sr., a retired Ypsilanti Police Officer, passed away from this life on January 23, 1998 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital from complications following surgery. At the time, he was surrounded by Bessie, his loving wife of 74 years, two children and three generations of grandchildren. Mr. Kramer served as an Ypsilanti Police Officer for over 36 years; starting as a patrolman in 1929 for $155 a month, and retiring as Lieutenant in 1965. Mr. Kramer then served as the Ypsilanti Township electrical inspector for six years. He has a Master Electrician who taught the trade to children and grandchildren. Mr. Kramer was a co-founder of K&S Electric and the Ypsilanti Sign Company, which later became the Huron Sign Company, still owned and operated by his grandchildren. In his later years, Mr. Kramer served as the official historian for the Ypsilanti Police Department. "He always worked," said Mr. Kramer's daughter, Phyllis Bond. "Work, work, work, so we could enjoy life."

Mr. Kramer was born in Carleton in Monroe County in 1906 to Conrad and Josephine (Livernois) Kramer. He attended Ypsilanti High School. He worked for six years at the Ford Motor Company Plant in River Rouge before joining the Ypsilanti Police Department. He met his wife, Bessie, in the summer of 1923, and they were married March 7, 1924. Mr. Kramer's greatest joy came from watching all of his grandchildren grow. He would often bestow nicknames on them that he would use even when they had grown to adulthood. "He really loved all of his grandchildren," said his wife, Bessie Kramer. Mr. Kramer was a member, and former lay minister, of Transfiguration Church (formerly St. Ursula's) in Ypsilanti. He was active throughout his life in community organizations. He was a member of the Lions Club International for 37 years and served as President of the Ypsilanti Chapter in 1965. He was very involved in the White Cane sales and the Ypsilanti Travelogue series. He was a member for life of the Knights of Columbus, the Washtenaw Law Enforcement Association, the National Police Officers Association, the Southern Michigan Law Enforcement Association, the Metropolitan Club and the Goodfellows. He also served as a charter member of the Gold Coats at Beyer Hospital and was a member of Senior Citizens on Congress Street.

"I can remember delivering meals to the poor for the Goodfellows," said grandson, Bill Short. "We were poor, but Grandpa could always find someone who had less." Mr. Kramer is survived by his loving wife, Bessie and four children, Shirley Spangler, Pauline Short, Phyllis (Wendell) Bond and Thomas (Lois) Kramer, 26 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Mary Stanuch, Agnes Davidson and Genevieve; two brothers, Effiner and Frank; his oldest son, Arthur Jr.; and one grandson, Larry Max Bond. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 26, 11 a.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church with Fr. David Franco and Fr. Terry Kerner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monroe, Michigan concelebrating. Burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery, Ypsilanti, MI. A scripture service will be held Sunday evening at 7 p.m. A rosary will be recited Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Kramers honor may be made to the Ypsilanti Lions Club. Envelopes will be available at the Janowiak Funeral Home, Geer-Logan Chapel where the family will receive friends on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. and at the Church on Monday, 9 a.m. until time of Mass.