Pastor Thomas S. Kramm, 92, of Reedsville, died at 12:02 a.m. Monday, September 26, 2022, in Valley View Haven.
He was born December 9, 1929 in Turbot Township, Northumberland County, the son of the late Donley T. and the late Susanna (Baker) Kramm. He was united in marriage to the late H. Jane (Wesner) Kramm, who passed away on February 23, 2018. He and Jane were blessed to share 66 years of marriage.
He is survived by the following children: Steven T. Kramm and his wife Karen of Lewistown; Kathy S. Crownover and her husband Mark de Belleville; Darcy A. Herto and her husband Randy of Goshen, Ind.; Mark T. Kramm and his wife Ellen of Cedar, Minnesota; Andrew K. Kramm and his wife Aimee of Wellsboro; six grandchildren, Jon Crownover, Adam Crownover, Christopher Kramm, Andrew Kramm, Justin Kramm and Gretchen Clauser; seven great-grandchildren: Eric Crownover, Jesse Crownover, Addison Crownover, Lucas Kramm, Matthew Kramm, Jonah Kramm and Abigail Kramm, plus siblings, Edna Walter, Roger Kramm and Donna Moser.
Thomas graduated from McEwensville Elementary School in 1943 and Milton High School in 1947. He received his AB degree from Bucknell University with a combined pre-theological major in philosophy, psychology and religion in 1961. During his Educated at Bucknell, he served as deputy student pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Hallowing Run, Sunbury. He furthered his education for the ministry by attending Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary for four years. At the same time, he was a resident student substitute for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newville, Cumberland County. While serving in Newville, he was active in community affairs. He was director of the new Community Youth Centre, co-director of the Borough Playground for three years and vice-president of the Inter-Church Council.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1965 and was later ordained to the ministry of the Lutheran Church in America.
In July 1965, Thomas was appointed pastor of the Belleville Lutheran Pastoral Charge, which included St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Allensville. He remained in this position for 27½ years until his retirement on January 1, 1993.
In addition to his regular pastoral duties, he founded the Big Valley Area Ministry and co-founded the Big Valley Area Medical Center. He was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the Synod’s Authorized Lay Worship Leader program.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening. He could shape a piece of wood into anything he wanted and found pleasure in putting his own mark of craftsmanship on his home and furnishings, ranging from a corner cupboard, a drop-leaf table and chests. dovetailed to detailed bird carvings.
A memorial service is planned for a later date to be determined. Details will be communicated later.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memoirs may be made to the donor’s chosen charity.
Arrangements are in the care of Henderson Funeral Home, Belleville. Online condolences can be offered at www.hendersonfuneralhomes.net.