Thomas E. Cramer

Thomas E. Cramer

CRYSTAL LAKE, IL – Thomas E. Cramer, age 57, passed away Friday, June 29, 2012 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL; surrounded by his family and praying The Lord’s Prayer with him. He was born November 28, 1954 in Robbinsdale, MN; to John and Shirley (Jensen) Cramer.

Tom’s career of 33 years was in the colorants industry – helping to color the world of plastics. He began in manufacturing, worked his way into the lab and became a lab manager. His determination progressed him into sales and then sales management. Tom’s drive for success (personally and for the company) soon took him into the position of VP of Sales and then VP of Manufacturing for a small color house. For the past four and one-half years Tom has worked for a large custom color house – Penn Color – where he was the MidWest Business manager and developed enough sales in two years to manage the building of a new plant for Penn Color in Milton, WI. He has been successfully running the plant for just over a year as General Manager. He brought great value with his combined technical expertise and beyond compare salesmanship. There are very few in his category of excellence.

Thomas is survived by his wife Cabrina Marie Cramer, of Crystal Lake , IL; his mother Shirley (David) Battig, of Buffalo, MN; two sons, Jeremy Cramer, of McHenry, IL; Chad Cramer of Hugo, MN; sister Deborah (James) Holcomb, of Buffalo, MN; brother Kelly (Sue Stafford) Cramer, of Anoka, MN; brother Kevin Cramer, of Crystal, MN; three grandchildren, Jordan Cramer, Berkley and Mackenley Cramer, all at home; step daughter Nicole (Austin Brantley) Benfield, of Crystal Lake, IL; step-son Tyler Benfield, of Crystal Lake, IL; Mother-in-law, Johanna Rountree of Bremen, GA; brother-in-law Paul (Tina) Mitchell of Bremen, GA; brother-in-law Darren (Teresa) Mitchell, of Douglasville, GA; one sister-in-law Gabrielle (Alan) Johnson, of Ball Ground, GA; and many nieces, nephews and other family members

He is preceded in death by his father John Edward Cramer

We have all been truly blessed by knowing Tom in so many ways. He has touched all of our lives with graciousness, humor, kindness, intelligence, professionalism, sharp wit and sense of purpose. A man who loved nature and children. Full of love for life, easy to laugh, deeply in love in his marriage and breathing in the love of all his family members – personal and church. A complex man, but very simple needs in many ways. This wonderful man has made a huge impact on so many lives and I, his wife, will never be the same. He was the epitome of a man’s man and a gentleman.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at All Faiths Funeral Chapel 1618 E. Racine St., Janesville. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. The service will be simulcast on the funeral home website at for those unable to attend.