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Jacob "Jake" Kram

Jacob “Jake” Kram, 84, Langdon, ND, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Cavalier County Memorial Hospital in Langdon.

Jacob “Jake” Kram was born October 28, 1932 at Wales, ND, to Jacob and Lena (Stremich) Kram. He attended school in Wales and Hannah, graduating from Wales High School in 1952. He and his brother John took over the farm in 1957 when their father retired. Jake met Judy Seaworth at a barn dance at Francis Illerbrunn’s near Mt. Carmel and were married at St. Michael’s Church in Wales on December 27, 1961. They lived at the “home” place until 2000 when they moved to Langdon.

Jake was a supervisor in Linden Township for over 40 years and was on the original board of directors of Maple Manor Care Center. He was also a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was forever a farmer! Time spent with his family was always a delight, whether it was helping the boys on the farm, camping, or fishing. In his younger years, winter spare time was spent curling. He and Judy also spent 11 winters in Arizona.

They were blessed with four children: Brian James (Barb Ormiston) of Munich, ND, Beth Ann (Donald) Grenz of Bismarck, ND, Curtis Lee (Amy Lynn Hodgins) of Wales, ND, Cheryl Marie (Michael Muhs) of Dresden, ND; 13 grandchildren: Kara (Greg) Leopold of Horace, ND, Kimberly (Jason) Wirth of Munich, ND, Kathryn (Ken ) Carwile of Edmore, ND, Katie Grenz, Kristin (Luke) Nelson- all of Fargo, ND, Matt (Heidi) Grenz of Mandan, ND, Tana Grenz of Bismarck, ND, Ethan and Tyler Kram of Wales, ND, Jake, Andy, Lizzie, and Daniel Muhs of Dresden, ND; 11 great-grandchildren: Kayla, Lauren, and Ashlyn Leopold, Kadence, Easton, Rylan, and Skylar Wirth, Hayden and Alaina Beth Nelson, and Noah and Asher Grenz. He was also survived by sisters-in-law: Leone Kram of Langdon, ND, Yvette Kram of Walhalla, ND, Rosemary Kram of Minneapolis, MN, Marilyn Kram Borho of Langdon, Theda (Richard) Lyke of Rochester, MN and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and siblings: Anton, John, Edward, Ann, George, Josephine, Leo, Rudy, and Percy. Jake was the last surviving member of his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Wales, ND. Visitation will be held Monday, October 30, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary and prayer service at the St. Alphonsus Parish Center in Langdon, ND. Burial will be held at the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Wales, ND.

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Lena Stremich Was most likely in my family tree. I have Kram's too. My Grandfather Joseph Grandmother Stremich are buried in Langdon. My Dad Jacob Stremick (with a K) was born in Langdon. We were in Langdon many years ago. We met Less and some of his family. Some still remembered my Dad. Wish I could have met your family too. My roots are in Langdon. Pleas feel free to respond. Douglas Stremick

Douglas Stremick Dec 13 2017 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to the family of Jake. He was a wonderful guy and we always enjoyed the chats up at Brian's yard and out in the fields over the years. He will be missed but you will have so many good memories. We are sorry that we couldn't attend the funeral. May God Bless You All.

Duane & Pamela Schuler Nov 8 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Judy and the entire Kram family. The days ahead will surely be difficult without Jake in them. May God and your faith bring you all peace.

Lisa Schuler Oct 31 2017 12:00 AM

Judy and all of Jake's Family: My most sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Jacob. I have many fond memories of Jake, having grown up in the same small town. I remember all the fun we had playing baseball .going fishing and other activities together. I want to Thank You for stopping by my yard in Wales this past summer so Jake and I could visit a bit.. May he rest in Peace in the Arms of The Lord. A lifelong Friend, Jerry

Jerry Johnson Oct 30 2017 12:00 AM

We're so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Jay & Vangie Olson Oct 30 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss Kram family, Jake was a great man. He will be missed!

Cory Hoffarth Oct 28 2017 12:00 AM

We send our condolences to you Judy as well as the family. We respected Jake for his community activities. But more than this he was always friendly and always knew us when we saw him. I will make special time for you in the spring when we return. With Loving thoughts and prayers..

George and Beth Roder Oct 28 2017 12:00 AM

Our condolences to Judy and all the family. The Good Lord has called home one of the best! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Tim & Marlene Seaworth Oct 28 2017 12:00 AM

My sympathy. I had many nice visits with Jake over the years usually at the Wales implement. I will remember him as a friendly, very neat farmer.

Charlie Klein Oct 28 2017 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for our loss. Jake has always been a favorite uncle and I'm privileged to have had him in my life.

Jim Lyke Oct 28 2017 12:00 AM

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