Melvin W. Kraemer, age 72, of Plymouth, Wis., passed away suddenly Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 in Ocala, Fla.

Mel was born May 29, 1941, in the town of Rhine, Wis., a son of the late Arthur and Sylvia Reichwaldt Kraemer. He attended Elkhart Lake public schools and graduated from Elkhart Lake High School in 1959.

Mel served in the U.S. Army and the Wisconsin National Guard and was a Cold War veteran.

On Oct. 7, 1961, Melvin married Shirley Ann Mullen at St. Fridolin’s Parish in Glenbeulah, Wis. The couple have resided in Plymouth since their marriage. She preceded him in death April 21, 2012.

Mel was employed at A&P Cheese Warehouse, Great Lakes Cheese Co., and Plymouth Foam Inc. in Plymouth, retiring in 2004. Recently, he volunteered at the Plymouth Historical Society and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

As an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth, Mel served as an usher, former member of the Parish Council and Finance Committee, and a long-time volunteer at the church’s food stand at Road America.

He enjoyed golfing, playing cribbage, and spending time with his granddaughter.

Survivors include two daughters, Kelly Kozak of Oak Creek and Laura Kraemer (Marie Johnson) of Milwaukee; his granddaughter, Melanie Kozak of Oak Creek; one sister, Rosie Bender of Kiel; three brothers: Fred (Sandie) Kraemer of Elkhart Lake, Allen (Lynn) Kraemer of Howards Grove and David (Karen) Kraemer of Salina, Kan.; two sisters-in-law, Mary (Bernard) Basler of Plymouth and Donna (Allan) Bramstedt of Sheboygan Falls; and one brother-in-law, Dale (Kathy) Mullen of San Rafael, Calif. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Melvin was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Shirley; his parents; one brother, Arthur Jr.; one brother-inlaw, James Bender; and one sister-in-law, Phyllis Thiessen and her husband, Arthur.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday noon, Feb. 15, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. Father Dennis Van Beek officiated. Burial took place at St. Thomas Aquinas South Cemetery in Greenbush.

A memorial fund is being established in Mel’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

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