Robert Schramm (1945 - 2018)

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Robert Schramm, 73, of Glenwood died on Aug. 23, 2018, at the Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. As per Robert's wishes, cremation took place. Visitation was held on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Glenwood. Memorials are directed to the family. Loess Hills Funeral Home of Glenwood in charge of arrangements.
Robert Frederick Schramm, one of two children of Wilfred and Martha (Kast) Schramm was born on May 11, 1945, in Wooster, Ohio. Robert spent his formative years in Ashland, Ohio and Godfrey and Alton, Ill., graduating from Alton High in 1964. After spending one year at the University of Missouri in Columbia, he began his lifelong career working for the railroad. He worked for the Gulf Mobile & Ohio, Illinois Central Gulf, Chicago and North Western, Southern Pacific and Union Pacific. He retired from the UP in 2005 as a train dispatcher. While working he obtained his degree from Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill.. His railroad career brought him to many places including St. Louis, Chicago, Denver and Omaha.
Robert and Carol Ann Burjes were united in marriage on Dec. 28, 1968, in Ashland, Ohio. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Jeff and Jennifer.
Robert was an avid railroad historian and model rail roader. He was an active member of several railroad historical societies and helped to found the Gulf Mobile & Ohio historical society. He greatly enjoyed modeling and the camaraderie of visiting with fellow modelers. He enjoyed sailing and boated on Lake Michigan and other Midwestern lakes. He was a member of the Lake Michigan Cape Dory owner's association and participated in several events including regattas and races. Robert also enjoyed hiking, camping and spending times in the forests and mountains, especially Colorado.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carol Ann; and sister, Marlana Gruber.
Robert is survived by his son Jeff Schramm and wife Mara Witynski of Rolla, Mo.; daughter Jennifer Cutillo and husband Jim of Centralia, Wash.; two grandchildren, Lena and Theodore; other relatives; and many, many friends.
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Glenwood, IA 51534
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Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Aug. 29, 2018