Rodger Evan Kramer, age 84 of Grand Haven, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, peacefully at home. Rodger was born January 30, 1930 to Lester and Helene (Peterson) Kramer in Holland, MI. He married Ruth Vander Velde on September 18, 1953 in Zeeland, MI. She passed away on July 19, 2012.
Rodger served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Korea and was a member of the Air Force Band. He began his college studies at Hope College in Holland, but received his Bachelors of Music Degree from Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, NY, and went on to earn his Master's Degree at Michigan State University
He was an instrumental music teacher for the Birmingham Public School System in the Detroit area for 27 years, during which time he also played with a local dance band, The Executives, and wrote many of the musical arrangements for the band. After retiring in 1985, he continued to work part time as a limousine driver, a floral delivery driver, and a bank courier.
He was a member of Christ Community Church, in Spring Lake, The American Legion, and continued to play his trombone with the Port City Winds in Muskegon. He loved his vegetable garden, but most of all, enjoyed family gatherings and attending his grandchildren's activities.
Rodger is survived by his loving family, daughter, Kim (Bob) Boston of Grand Haven, whose children are Cpt. Daniel (Stacey) Kosters, Kristin (Ron) DeIulius, and Evan Kosters; daughter, Lori (Dave) Estes of Grand Haven, whose children are Scott (Deb) Hill, David (Adriane) Hill, John Hill, and Lisa Lee; six great-grandchildren; sister, Beth (Bud) Kamphuis of Holland; brother, Eldon "Rox" (Jan) Kramer of Boerne, TX; and several brothers and sisters in-law. Rodger was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruthie, an infant brother, and two sisters, Dottie and Shirley. A funeral service for Rodger will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Klaassen Family Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Kleinheksel officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 6-8 pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Klaassen Family Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Grand Haven Township Historical Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given in Rodger's name to Hospice of North Ottawa Community.
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to sign Rodgers online guest book or share a memory with his family. Arrangements by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.