David Kramer

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David Kramer May 5, 1925 - June 27, 2014 ELKHART - David D. Kramer, 89, of Elkhart, died Friday, June 27, 2014 at Greenleaf Living Center. David was born on May 5, 1925 in Sandusky, OH to Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Kramer. He was a special consultant to ProTem, Inc. of LaPorte, IN from 1983 to 1987. Prior to this he was Systems Manager at St. Joseph Hospital in South Bend, IN, a position he took following the Surgical Feasibility Study performed in 1981 by Kramer/Ragan Associates, a firm he founded in 1978. Prior to that Mr. Kramer was Administrator of LaPorte Hospital of LaPorte, IN, merged institution of the former Holy Family and Fairview Hospital. He has held administrative positions at Elkhart General Hospital, Elkhart, IN; Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL and University Memorial Hospital at Ann Arbor, MI. He held a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration Degrees from the University of Michigan, and Master of Science in Hospital Administration from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. His past positions include Chairman of the Indiana Hospital Association, The Board of Directors of the Indiana Hospital Associations, The House of Delegates of the American Hospital Association; The Board of Directors of Blue Cross of Indiana. He was a Fellow of the American College of Health Administrators. He is a past member of the Elkhart, IN Lions Club and the LaPorte, IN Kiwanis. During World War II he was a decorated Celestial Navigator on B-29's based on Saipan. He is survived by children, Gail Manley (Joe), Traverse City, MI, Jody Scheetz (Thomas), Elkhart, Daniel R. Kramer, Carmel, Matthew D. Kramer, Bristol, Mary Jan Hedman (Roy), Niles, and three grandchildren, Gabrielle, Brandon, and Eric Kramer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret L. (Rathke) Kramer, two brothers, a sister, and his daughter-in-law, Lori A. Kramer. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2014 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 411 W. Vistula Street, Bristol, IN 46507. Father Robert A. Van Kempen will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice 1608, E. Day Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Online condolences may be directed to www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.

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Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home
403 W. Franklin Street
Elkhart, IN 46516
574 295-1230
Published in South Bend Tribune on June 30, 2014
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