Robert kramer

Robert Joseph Kramer, 71, died Nov. 10, 2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage of pneumonia.

A Rosary will be at 11:30 a.m., with a Mass at noon Monday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Palmer with Father Thomas Brundage officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Pallbearers are Todd Kramer, Noah Blechman, Paul Hughes, Jeff Nelles, Travis Drake, Nate Morton, Fred Michaels and Steve Wells.

Bob was born Aug. 4, 1938, in Lemars, Iowa. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in civil engineering. Bob worked for the California Water Project. He moved to Phoenix, Ariz., and worked for Salt River Project before moving to Alaska in 1973. He was employed by RCA, the predecessor to the current AT&T in Alaska.

Bob spent a tour of three years as chief engineer for Frank Moolin and Associates in Anchorage. He was one of the design engineers on the Extension Project of the White Alice Replacement Systems, which updated the World War II-era telecommunications in Alaska with a modern satellite network. Bob also worked for the AIMS Project, which linked all points in Alaska, including the Pipeline and Southeast Alaska to modern networks and to the Lower 48 states. This system is still in operation today. As project engineer, he oversaw the Southeast Microwave System. This was the first system to bring direct dial and television service to Juneau.

He worked many projects which moved from early days of satellite communications to the current day cellular and fiber-optic systems. At the time of his death, he was working for New Horizons Telecom Inc. in Palmer.

Known as "Papa" to his seven grandchildren, he loved to fish and camp with his grandsons and spend any time he could with the younger children.

He is survived by his wife, Lorna L. Kramer of Palmer; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Sallie Kramer; daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Todd Wheeler, Katherine and Noah Blechman; and son, Keith Kramer; grandchildren, Theron, Joseph, Greta and Ethan Kramer, Quinn Wheeler, and Samantha and Jacob Blechman.