Fred Lee Cram, 83, was born Oct. 25, 1930, in Custer County, to Osceola Cram and Alice (Torrey-Huffman) Cram. He attended grade school at District 100 just a little way from where he was born.
Fred lived and worked on the home place with his father up through his teenage years when, like most young men, a beautiful filly caught his eye. He wooed Rosetta Dilsaver until she finally accepted his hand in marriage Oct. 14, 1951.
Fred was a hard working man who raised cattle, sheep, horses and many different types of crops. Many years were hard with little rain, grasshoppers and even a bad fire that destroyed lots of their sheep and their barn. But, he still managed to keep the faith and soon had four children to raise. Because of his love for friends and neighbors, soon two more children joined the ranks. He was a strong loving husband and father.
After his marriage to Rosie the couple lived across the road from the home place. Later, when there wasnâ€™t enough kids to keep the little school open any longer, they moved to Gates on the Middle Loup River so the children could attend the Gates Grade School. They remained there until 2011 when they moved to Broken Bow, where they still lived.
Fred belonged to the Wool Growers Association for many years, as well as being the District 100 School Board director, he was an elder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church for nearly 50 years. He also worked for the Brown Sheep Co. of Mitchell, for many years before going out on his own. Fred bought wool from all over the Nebraska area and beyond. He became interested in honey bees and raised them for several years selling honey to many. He loved to garden and was always at the Farmersâ€™ Market at Broken Bow and many times at North Platte. He also drove semi-trucks for different companies and made many wonderful friends along the way.
Fred loved the Lord and one thing he taught his kids was to never turn a stranger away because you never knew if it was an angel or not. His love for people reached far and wide and he never turned down an opportunity to help anyone. He was one of those folks who would give you the shirt off his back.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings.
He is survived by his wife, Rosie Cram of Broken bow; daughter, Alisa (Cram) and son-in-law, Don Reinoehl of Merna, Ted Cram and daughter-in-law Dawn of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Jack Cram of Taylor, Kerry (Cram) and son-in-law, John Gunther of Arnold, Carolyn Fisher of Lexington, Cindy (Fisher) and son-in-law, Darro Nekuda of Tucson, Ariz; plus five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be missed.
Memorial services will be at the Gates Community Center July 13 at 2 p.m.
Rhoad Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.