Joseph Anthony Cramer, age 75, of Wyoming, went to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus on Friday, May 22, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Brenda and Ghassan Karana, and Stephen Cramer; grandchildren, Elias, Anna, Luke, Noah Karana, Ophelia and Evangeline Cramer; brother, Fred Cramer; sister, Barb Schmidt; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Joseph was a loving, caring husband, father, and grandfather. Known by many as “The Wyoming Riddler,” Joe’s close call with death from carbon monoxide poisoning and the two-year loss of memory inspired him to create 34 years of treasure hunts. The riddles were his way of keeping his mind active. He was encouraged by a movie producer to write a book about his life and near-death experiences. Thus, Joe wrote, “Joe’s Story: The Book of a Lifetime.” Joe was a God filled man who was devoted to his church, St. John Vianney, attending grade school and never leaving his parish. Joe was a strong Catholic, relying on his faith and trust in God during rough times. He walked around Lake Michigan in his early 20’s, surviving on what he could find to eat to develop his adventurous spirit. He worked for the railroad in Detroit and loved to ride his bike. Many of the bike rides gave him ideas of where he could hide clues to his riddles. For Joe it was all about others: visiting vets who never received visitors at the nursing home, taking the family camping, hiring and mentoring prisoners in the work release program, or just sharing the joy of life with others. He loved being with his grandchildren and exploring the Michigan scenery with Sandy in the car. It was said of him that he was a man that made small things extraordinary. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 am on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4101 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, with Fr. John Vallier presiding. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm (ten person limit at a time with social distancing) at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4031 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Catholic War Veterans.
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June 02, 2020 5:09pm
To all of Joe's family and friends,
Joe was a great guy! I will miss seeing him and his smile every Sunday at mass. He was always ready to give you a handshake. Now no one can. May all of you be blessed with the Peace of Christ!
Tom & Mary Bearss
- Tom & Mary Bearss
May 29, 2020 5:52pm
Brenda & Stephen
You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. We valued your Dad’s strong faith in God and how he “walked the talk.” His sense of humor and story telling was enduring and Sandy is especially grateful for his mentoring Tony & Kim both when they were young and throughout their adult lives. Sending our love during this time of loss.
Bob & Sandy Enders
- Bob Enders
May 28, 2020 5:39pm
Joseph Cramer "Uncle Joe" was one of most genuine persons I've ever met, He always made me feel welcome and accepted when I would visit him with family.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Rest in peace Uncle Joe. So many are better off because we knew you.
- Jack DeYoung
May 28, 2020 6:12am
If you ever had the opportunity to get to know Joe you were likely blessed with the experience of having met a very special person who shared how important it was to have God as a focus in your life. I always looked forward to my visits with Joe at J&S and always left with a renewed outlook on what life is really about. I will miss our discussions but I know that Joe has moved on to his permanent home in Heaven.
- Russ DeVries
May 26, 2020 5:51pm
Joe wrote a poem and spoke at my brothers funeral last May. Sorry I didn't get to see him again.
- Steve Mucha
May 26, 2020 3:50pm
I first met Joe when I wrote about his riddles for The Grand Rapids Press in about 1986. I loved the interview and could see what a sweet and caring man he was. He sent me kind notes over the years which reaffirmed my first impression. I am grateful to have known him, and wish his loved ones comfort in their faith and memories of him.
- Charles Honey
May 26, 2020 3:14pm
I met Joe back in the early 90's at JS ,
we hit it off right away ! He spent time around North Dorr growing up and would ask me about certain people and I would bring him up to date. We also shared the gift of gab and our love of our Catholic faith. He would tell me stories about his life and the love for his wife Sandy and his children. When ever I had a car to pick up I knew I better have an hour to talk or I would be late for my next stop.
I am so sad I did not get to see him the last time I stopped by the shop, he was not in. I will truly miss him,he was a great man.
- Patrick Roys
May 26, 2020 11:43am
Stephen, we hope you can draw upon the happy memories you have had with your dad during this time. Our love and prayers to you and your family.
- Marc & Lisa Molzon
May 24, 2020 5:18am
I will miss you dearly. Thank you for your faith
my writing, poems etc. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
- Bob Rainer
May 24, 2020 1:26am
I met Joe at J & S in about 1988 or so. I have greatly appreciated his respect and kindness throughout all of these years. I cannot say enough good things about Joe. He is the nicest man that I have ever met and will be deeply missed. He will be in my heart forever. You are Loved.
- Sue Lombardi
May 23, 2020 12:33pm
I’ll forever remember the Banner you’d make for my parents anniversary celebrations every year at Gun Lake. Then you started your riddles adding another dimension to lovely person you were. You’ll be forever loved and missed. Rest peacefully in the arms out of savior Jesus Christ.
- Tammy (Balsitis) Ensing
May 23, 2020 9:57am
He will surely be missed !!
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may your perpetual light shine upon him.
- Jim Wuis
May 23, 2020 9:45am
Brenda. We are very sad to hear of your Dads passing. We always saw him at church.and he came in the store. We have know him ever since you and Chris in grade school. May he Rest In Peace. Joe and Marge Lebednick
- Margaret Lebednick
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