Sep. 8, 1950 - July 25, 2009
SOUTH BEND - Emil Allen "Moe" Kraemer, 58, of South Bend, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Michigan City, IN. Moe was born September 8, 1950, in Milwaukee, WI, to the late Emil A. and Antoinette (Spangler) Kraemer, and had lived in South Bend since 1972, coming from Arkansas. On September 8, 1972, in South Bend, he married Retha Morgan, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Patricia Kraemer of South Bend; two sons, Steve Morgan of Plymouth, IN, and Chad "Punk" Kraemer (Angela) of Milwaukee; five grandchildren, Corey and Gunner Morgan, Danny and Olivia Kraemer, and Gage Webb; a sister, Christine Kohn (Edward) of Gatlinburg, TN; sister-in-law, Shirley Rowe (Tim); brother-in-law, Scott Novitzke (Mary); and nieces and nephews, Nicole, James, Norma, Nikki, Scott Jr., JR, Alex, Brittany and Candice Rogers. Moe was currently employed in sales for Champion Windows. He went straight from high school to the Marine Corps, serving in the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1971. Upon returning home he met and married our mother, Retha, in 1972 and had three children whom he loved very much. The most we remember about our father is the laughter, the generosity and his heart of gold. Family and friends were his greatest treasure. He loved to cook. Returning from the Marines he spent many Christmases playing Santa for many children who may never have seen another Christmas. He was the foundation of his family. He made your problems his problems. He would do anything for anyone. When you first met him he was a "Tuff Talker" but super soft inside and filled with jokes. He has taught us all many things in life: how to laugh, cry, forgive, and love. You will always be his friend and we will always be his children and, Mom, you will always be "His Bride." You will be dearly missed, truly loved and never forgotten. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 30th, in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road. (Due to road construction, please enter from Hickory Road, south of Brick Road.) Military honors will be observed immediately following the services. Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in South Bend Tribune on July 28, 2009