Robert I. “Bob” Kramer
Robert I. “Bob” Kramer, age 83, of Shelby, died Friday evening, July 22, 2022 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital following a brief illness.
Bob was born January 22, 1939 in Grosse Pointe, MI to the late Irwin and Lena Mae (Carpenter) Kramer. A 1957 graduate of Arcadia High School in Arcadia, MI, he then enlisted in the United States Army serving his country from 1957-1959. Bob was a salesman for Russell Stover for 10 years, a job that ultimately brought him to Ohio. On October 15, 1980, Bob purchased Phil’s Place in Shelby which he owned and continued to operate until his final day. Phil’s Place is Bob Kramer’s legacy- touching 4+ generations over his 42 years and building lifelong and genuine friendships.
Bob undoubtedly was a man with a big personality, something that only closely ever followed his even bigger heart. He was a friend to so many who loved him and will deeply miss him. His kindness and generosity extended to both human and wildlife whether that be through mowing lawns for others in the neighborhood or feeding the birds and various other animals that came for a visit. He also very much cherished trips to northern Michigan to play golf and go fishing with his family.
Bob is survived by his wife of 22 years, Cheryl Christine (Arter) Kramer, whom he wed on August 19, 2000; sons: Mike Kramer (Barbara) of Beulah, MI and Mitch Kramer (Danika) of Macomb, MI; step-son: Scott (Christie) Clabaugh of Shelby; grandchildren: Brett Kramer and Jamie (Morgan) Kramer Burke-Beyers; step-grandchildren: Tyler Clabaugh and Zachary Clabaugh; great grandchildren: Keegan and Finley Burke-Beyers; “adopted” son: Marc Gumbert; nephew: Danny Kramer of Idaho; sister: Arlene Manke of Arcadia, MI; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Jim (Cindy) Arter; and other relatives and numerous friends. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother: Dale Kramer; step-son: Brian Clabaugh; and father-in-law and mother-in-law: Robert and Christine Arter.
The joy that the recent “Old Farts Parties” at Phil’s Place brought Bob was immense. Enough so that he made it clear, “That’s what I want when I die.” Look forward to an announcement in the future of details for Bob’s celebration at Phil’s Place. At the present, private graveside services and burial with family and close friends will be at Oakland Cemetery in Shelby.
Bob was proud to have been able to help many others through financial hardships when battling cancer through the Pink Ladies Cancer Fund. For those wishing to contribute in Bob’s memory, donations to the fund may be mailed to Lorain Music and Vending, c/o Mike Zappa, 450 Richard Park Drive, Crestline, Ohio 44827.
Care for Bob and his family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. For those wishing, condolences may be left on Bob’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.