July 26, 1922-March 29, 2011
Robert "Bob" L. Schram, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, surrounded by his loved ones at The Cottages at Emmanuel Community, Detroit Lakes. He was under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Bob was born on July 26, 1922, the son of Jeremiah and Anna (Rudolph) Schram in Lakeview Township, rural Becker County. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Lakeview Township Country School, District 20.
As a young adult he continued to help on the family farm until joining the Civilian Conservation Corps in Montana. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Bob enlisted in the United States Army and served through the duration of World War II. He was deployed to Alaska and participated in the Aleutian Campaign and the Battle of Attu.
Upon completion of the campaign in Alaska, he was reassigned to training camps and spent the rest of his military service preparing soldiers for combat in Arkansas and Florida. At the end of the war, Bob was honorably discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant.
Bob was united in marriage to Betty Sandberg on June 18, 1949 at Christ Lutheran Church in Kent, Minn. He and Betty settled in Detroit Lakes, where Bob built a career as a plumber for Robert Gibb and Sons Plumbing for many years.
During his retirement, Bob served as custodian at Zion Lutheran Church.
Bob spent 61 years devoted and happily married to Betty. He enjoyed hunting with his son and grandsons and was always there for his children's and grandchildren's athletic and musical activities. He will be remembered for clapping the loudest and being the last one to stop.
Bob treasured the quiet moments with Betty, family gatherings, and the memories that were created through his family. His life's greatest legacy is the love and dedication he had for his wife and family.
Surviving Bob are his wife, Betty Schram of Detroit Lakes; son, Richard (Lynn) Schram of Detroit Lakes; four daughters, Julie (Jim) Peters of Perham, Nancy (Lee) Brekke of Detroit Lakes, Lou Ann (Dave) Henderson of Woodbury, Minn., and Bonnie (Rich) Seebold of Detroit Lakes; 16 grandchildren: Aaron (Holly), Jason (Paige), Nathan, and Ryan Schram; Elizabeth (fiancé, Eric Schaefer), Caroline, and Alison Engel; Rob and Ethan Brekke; Isabelle and Lila Henderson; Chase Halvorson; Jacob, Brianna, Emily, and Trey Seebold; three great-grandchildren, Sadie and Laney Schram and Carter Brekke; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Bob in death were his parents and siblings, Ann Dahlin, Florence Anderson, Floyd Schram, Isabelle Green, Ed Schram, Clare Schram, Lawrence Schram, Peggy Nertney, Lila Robertson, and Ruby Sandberg.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.
Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2 at Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with interment in Upsala Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes.
Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.