Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the Gilbertson Funeral Home Chapel, Devils Lake for James (Jim) E. Kram, 53, formerly of Langdon and of Devils Lake, who died unexpectedly at his home. James was laid to rest at the Calvary Cemetery in Langdon.
James Edward Kram was born on December 15, 1965, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Langdon, son of Veronica (Delvo) and Rudolph Kram. He was baptized and a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. He grew up and attended school in Langdon. In 1996, he moved to Devils Lake and would call it home until the time of death. Upon his move to Devils Lake, he began employment with the City of Devils Lake Sanitation Department in the recycling area and later transitioned to join the guys on the sanitation truck. He was proud to be on the route and ride in the truck, always sitting in the middle seat. One to never be idle, he developed a route to help local businesses with hauling their cardboard to the recycling center, would do various odd jobs such as snow shoveling or mowing lawns, and was always willing to lend a helping hand or volunteer when the opportunity arose without asking for a dime. He worked like he was the highest paid person on the job. A proud moment in his life was when he received the Unsung Hero Award in November of 2006. He was active throughout the Devils Lake community, especially the Relay for Life with the City Fire Department team, the Annual Volunteer Fire Department Fishing Tournament, and the South Forty Mud Runs. He volunteered for over 16 years at the Dakota Boys Ranch. He enjoyed participating in the 4th of July parade, REM picnics and holiday parties, gardening, model cars and collecting “stuff” that he knew could be useful in some way or another. He joined a tour group on several vacation trips throughout the United States. Some of the most memorable trips were to the NASCAR races in Phoenix, Grand Old Opry in Nashville and an Alaskan cruise. He enjoyed spending time with friends and getting together with his family. He loved his daily dose of Mt. Dew.
James is survived by brothers: Ralph Kram, Peoria, Ariz., Steven Kram, Devils Lake; sister Joycelyn (Jay) Hagen, Devils Lake; nephew and nieces: Brandon Kram, Glendale, Ariz., Jessica Hagen, Minot, Julie Hagen, Devils Lake; and his most beloved two feline companions, Garfield and Tiger Bear. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.
Thank you to his many staff at REM through the years of assisting James. Also, the great friendships he developed with his co-workers and Relay for Life team.
Gilbertson Funeral Home of Devils Lake was in charge of arrangements.