Clarence E. Gramm, 82, of Sunnyside went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at Grandview Healthcare Center.

He was born Oct. 19, 1923 near Eureka, S.D. to Fred and Amelia (Holzwarth) Gramm. He received his education in country schools around Artas and Herried, S.D., where he lived until he entered the Navy in 1944. He was discharged in 1946. In March of 1945 he married Viola Jahraus in Aberdeen, S.D. After his discharge from the Navy in Aberdeen, WA, they moved back home to Aberdeen, S.D. and lived there before moving back to Aberdeen, WA. In 1947 they moved to Sunnyside, where they made their home.

Clarence worked as a carpenter in the early days of Hanford. Then, he worked locally as a carpenter and contractor until he began working as a realtor for Timmermans Real Estate. He also had his own realty office, Gramm Realty. After he retired, Clarence and Viola moved to Yakima for about 12 years and in 2003, they moved back to the Lower Valley.

He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and held many offices, including, Sunday school superintendent, president and elder. He was an active member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League in which he held the office of president of the Washington/Alaska District for four years and vice president for five years. He was the district representative for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. He and Viola taught the Senior Member Retiree Training (S.M.A.R.T.) Program for Aid Association for Lutherans. While living in Yakima he was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and was an elder. He was a long-time member of Lions Club in Sunnyside and Terrace Heights, where he held various offices.

Clarence was a strong Christian man who set a good example for his family and all who knew him.

We thank God for all the years we had with him.

He is survived by his wife, Viola A. Gramm of Sunnyside; two daughters, Karolyn Rippy Evans of Sunnyside and her husband, Dan, and Kathy Berk of Sunnyside and her husband, Rick; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Janice Myers of Outlook.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Gerald Rippy; a sister, Alice Inman; and one brother, Raymond Gramm.

Viewing and visitation will he held Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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