Arthur M. Kraemer, age 96, of Weslaco, Tex., formerly of Storm Lake passed away on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010 at the Knapp Medical Center of Weslaco, Tex. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery of Storm Lake. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.
Arthur Mitchell Kraemer was born Nov. 27, 1913, in Linn Grove. He was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Kraemer. Arthur graduated from Linn Grove School and attended Morning Side College.
After college, he returned to farming in the Linn Grove area where he met and married Virginia Agnes Roby on July 20, 1935, in Ogden. Arthur and Virginia were married for 65 years. He was employed with National By-Products while farming and driving a school bus. Arthur and Virginia made their home in Storm Lake, where he worked at Kingan and Company Meat Packing while also delivering papers for the Des Moines Register and Tribune Newspaper. Hygrade Food Product purchased Kingan and Company Meat Packing and Arthur continued to work for Hygrade for 33 ½ years, with 13 of those years as a supervisor for the meat packing plant. He eventually retired from the meat packing industry in 1975.
Arthur was an avid hunter and fisherman. Arthur was an Iowa hunter safety instructor for 23 years, of which the last 7 years, he was Chief Hunter Safety Instructor and Iowa Conservation and Command Coordinator. Arthur was a lifetime member of the Buena Vista Rifle and Pistol Club and the Izaac Walton League. Arthur also enjoyed gardening and wood-working, especially bird houses, and was even referred to as "The Bird Man." He taught upholstering for 2 years at the Old Hayes School due to his love of upholstering.
Arthur was a member of the Church of Christ for more than 50 years, serving as Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, teacher, youth director, trustee, usher, and he served on numerous committees as well.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his two sisters. Surviving family members include his daughters: Donna Carrier and her husband Paul from Atlanta, Ga., Deanna Crum and her husband Bill from Council Bluffs, Delores Bloomquist and her husband Howard from Weslaco, Tex., Debra Alf and her husband Thomas from Minneapolis, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.