Robert Austin Cram, age 88, of Chandler, AZ, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2016, at his home with his daughter by his side. Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn, with Fr. Corey Close officiating. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established.
Robert (Bob) is survived by his children Dennis (Sally) Cram and Linda Cram; a grandchild Kellynne (Jeremy) Oxley; three great-grandchildren Oakley, Anistyn, and Layla Oxley; a sister-in-law Esther Deloof and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marjorie, five siblings Raymond (Doris) Cram, LaVaughn (Phyllis/Pauline) Cram, Delmar (Ruth) Cram, Betty (Jim) Allgood and Francis (Bill) Wilcox and a grandson Robert Cram.
Robert (Bob) Cram was born at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City on March 19, 1928, the son of Lee Cram and Mary Ann (Mamie) Collum Cram. He graduated from the Brooklyn High School in 1948. He initially became employed with T.I.P. Rural Electric Cooperative as a Journeyman Lineman after his High School graduation and maintained his employment there until his retirement on his 62nd birthday. Robert (Bob) was united in marriage to Marjorie L. Cram at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, Iowa on October 20, 1949. Bob and Marj always considered themselves very blessed to be best friends and life partners for over 67 years of their lives. Golfing and fishing with friends brought Bob great enjoyment in his life along with his membership to the International Cactus and Succulent Society (even while living in Iowa). He loved vacationing with his family, taking his wife shopping (so he could visit with other men who were also waiting for their spouses), spoiling his children/grandchildren and enjoying the sunny winter seasons during his retirement years in Chandler, AZ.