Howard “Jim” Cramer


LEAF RIVER – Howard “Jim” Cramer, age 96, passed away at Pinecrest Nursing Home. He was born on July 13, 1922 to Louis and Jennie (Hoverland) Cramer and raised on the Centennial Farm where he lived for all of his life.

He married Helen Schelling on April 6, 1945 and they farmed together for 73 years. They sold Grade A mild to Dean’s Milk Co. in Rockford and raised hogs. They also raised laying hens and sold hatching eggs. The Cramer family attended Egan grade school and Leaf River high school which is where he graduated from. Jim enjoyed bowling and go kart racing. He always wanted to be the best. He also enjoyed Farmall tractors.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

He is survived by his loving wife, Helen; brother-in-law, Don Schelling; numerous nephews and one niece.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron. There was no visitation. Burial was held at Lightsville Cemetery in Leaf River. To leave an online condolence please visit