Family and friends are deeply saddened by the sudden passing on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, of Roger D. Kramer, 51, of Belleville, Ill.
The beloved son of Henry "Gene" Kramer, deceased and Jean, nee Yost, Kramer of Brighton, Ill.; cherished brother of Wesley Kramer, deceased; Teresa (Bill) Parod of Evanston, Ill., and Karen (Dave) Brooks of Godfrey, Ill.; and adoring uncle to Julius Parod, Ani Kramer, Lauren Brooks and Sereana Parod.
Born Jan. 9, 1961, in Alton, Ill., Roger grew up on the family farm in Brighton, Ill., and attended Southwestern High School and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was an accomplished journalist, working as a design editor at the Belleville News Democrat for many years as well as teaching journalism at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His marvelous humor filled every aspect of his life; as an avid bicyclist he not only rode thousands of miles in the United States and Canada but also founded the Tour de Donut and Tour de (Three) Stooges rides. His blog, Roger Kramer Cycling, records his passion about biking and "giving back" through educating and informing others about the sport. The terrain of Southern Illinois and surrounding region, which he tirelessly biked and hiked, were particularly compelling for Roger and beautifully shared through his writing. A passionate photographer, Cardinals fan and constant observer of the nature and people around him, Roger's view of the world delighted all who encountered it. He will be remembered, too, for his profound Catholic faith and his remarkable kindness, generosity and good nature.
Memorials may be made to Easter Seal Society. Online information and guestbook may be found at targhettaandwooldridge.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Targhetta & Wooldridge Funeral Home in Brighton, Ill. A prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Funeral: Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at St Alphonsus Catholic Church in Brighton, Ill., with Father Bill Kessler officiating. Interment in Brighton Cemetery in -Brighton, Ill.
TARGHETTA & WOOLDRIDGE FUNERAL HOME, Brighton, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Nov. 6, 2012