Jack Owen Cram
June 30, 1938 – October 3, 2011
Memorial Services will be held at 10 AM, Friday, October 7, 2011 at the American Legion hall in Sioux Falls, with Pastor Chuck Asche officiating. A private inurnment will take place in the Menno Cemetery at a later date.
Jack was born June 30, 1938, to Raymond and Esther (Anderson) Cram in Albert Lea, MN. He was educated in the Albert Lea school system before leaving for the Air Force for six years where he served as a mechanic. When he returned, his family moved to the Menno area and Jack went along. He worked various jobs including law enforcement and at the State Hospital in Yankton, SD. Along the way, he met and married Yvonna Gram and they had two children, Jean and Deb. In 1969, Jack faced a tragedy when Yvonna was killed in a car accident. He eventually overcame his loss and married Gloria Nelson. They moved around the area before settling in Sioux Falls where Jack worked as a security guard for Citibank and the Airport Security. He also worked for Henry Carlson doing demolition work on Sioux Valley Hospital, drove a dump truck for Asco for three years, and Electronics Systems Inc (ESI) where he work for ten years before he retired. Jack also worked for the VA as a volunteer after he retired.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria, Sioux Falls; daughters, Jean Cram and Deb Weber, Sioux Falls; stepchildren, William Henning, Yankton and Kim Lawton, Rapid City; ten grandchildren, Justin Kleinsasser, Teresa Johnson, Alison and Jaydon Cram, Samantha Weber, Tori and Sarah Henning, Gabriella, Thomas, and Jessica Lawton; and four great-grandchildren, Braxton Johnson, Easton Kleinsasser, Oakley Johnson, and Jersey Cram.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Esther, his first wife, Yvonna, and his sister, Lonnine Novak.