CLARENCE E. GRAMM
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
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
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
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
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