Linda Kramer, age 67, of Philip, S.D., died April 6, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.
Linda Lee Long was born September 25, 1945, to Orville (Tim) and Mathilda (Tillie) Long. She was raised on the family farm near Philip. She was baptized and confirmed at Philip's Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. As a young girl, she looked forward to finishing her daily chores so she could spend time with her sister, Sally, swim in the stock dams, fish, and visit her many cousins. After graduating from Philip High School, she attended the American Business College in Rapid City and earned a degree in business administration.
She married John (Jack) Still in 1967, who passed away in a plane crash in 1968.
In June 1970, she married Danny Kramer in Davenport, Iowa. During their careers, they had the opportunity to reside in a number of states, including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Washington and California. During her career, Linda achieved significant success in both the banking and mortgage industries. Following retirement, Linda and Danny moved from Moorpark, Calif., to Burlington, Iowa. In 2007, they purchased a motor home so they could spend more time visiting family and friends around the country. In June 2012, they sold their home in Burlington to follow their dream of becoming full-time RV'ers. In her retirement, Linda enjoyed reading, golfing, genealogy, water aerobics and coin collecting but most of all, she relished spending time with her five grandchildren and, as she put it, "making memories."
Grateful for having shared Linda's life include her husband, Danny Kramer, of Philip; her son, John (Tonya) Kramer of Philip; her son, Jason (Penelope) Kramer of Corona, Calif.; five grandchildren, Coy, Corbin and Colden (Philip); Kaylee and Zachery (Corona); sister, Sally (Arthur) Campbell of Port Washington, Wis.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Arnold; and her first husband.
According to her wishes, her body was cremated.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at the First Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.