April 25, 1919 - March 6, 2014
Resident of Palo Alto
Ray Kramer, longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away quietly in his sleep a month shy of his 65th birthday.
Born in his maternal grandparent's home on the Cannonball Creek in North Dakota, his family left ND when he was 7 to farm in Humboldt and then later in Ottosen, Iowa. He rode a horse 5 miles to a one-room schoolhouse where at times he was the only pupil in his grade. Ray entered Iowa State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. Then he began graduate studies at Princeton University
. He and other graduate students participated in defense research for the War Department during World War II. After the war he was employed at the U.S. Naval Institute in Washington D.C. He moved from Princeton to work for the U.S. Naval Institute in Washington D.C. Ray moved his family from Silver Spring MD to Minnesota and then on to Palo Alto CA in 1958 to work for Lockheed Martin. There he headed the hypersonic wind tunnel testing; retiring after 20 years.
Ray and his wife Peggy traveled extensively to all continents of the world. He particularly enjoyed seeing historic sites, natural wonders and technical marvels. A lifelong liberal and avid supporter of people's rights, Ray loved discussing politics. He also loved to garden.
Ray is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ruth Margaret (Peggy) Kramer; sister, Lillian Hesketh; children Susan Caulk, Paul Kramer, Jackie Schroeder and stepson Tom Greeley. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Roger, Steven, Perry, Paula, and Erich; 2 great grandchildren, Mose and Grey.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and C. Lucile Kramer; his first wife and mother of his children, Helen Kramer; his sister Margie Ulman; and a daughter, Margareta Kramer.
At his request, no service will be held. He would have appreciated any donations in his name be made to Planned Parenthood or the