In Memory

Kenyon L Kramp

Kenyon L Kramp

 Kenyon Lewis Kramp, 42 died October 23, 1985. He was born June 14, 1943 in Port Huron.

He never married. Mr. Kramp was a graduate of Port Huron High School, graduated summa cum laude from St. Clair County Community College. He also graduated from the University of Hawaii and Fullerton State College with honors. He also attended Oakland University.

He operated Kenyon Nursery, Pomona and Anaheim Calif. until 1984. He was an accomplished concert pianist. He participated in and won many science fairs in high school and college. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi College Honor society and attended St. Mary's Church.

He lived in California and Hawaii 22 years before returning to Port Huron in June 1985. Mr. Kramp is survived by his parents, Irv and Ginny Kramp, Port Huron; a brother and sister-in-law, Darrell I.J. and Lorraine Kramp, Farmington Hills; a grandmother, Cecelia C. Kramp, Port Huron, a nephew, Eric Joseph Kramp and a niece, Gretchen Marie  Kramp, both Farmington Hills; and three uncles, R. Leo Kramp and Robert C. Kramp, both Port Huron, and Donald C. Kramp, Milwaukee, Wis.

Services were held in St. Mary's Church with the Reverend Francis A. Weingartz, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery.


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08/30/09 05:52 PM #1    

John Chidester

Ken was a science geek before they invented the word 'geek'. In Physics, his project was a "Wilson Cloud Chamber" that allowed you to see the streaks of gamma rays from space. (At least that's the way I remember it. It was above my intellect level then and now.)

In my 1958 "Golden Bear" Yearbook from Washington Jr. High, Ken wrote: 

From "Atom Head" to a Nice Guy. Ken Kramp

I learned only this year that he committed suicide when he was 43 - asphyxiation by drowning. Sad. 

10/17/09 05:27 PM #2    

Paul E Smith

Ken worked hard on a linear accelerator for one science fair, had a van de graff generator in his basement, and designed rockets for fun. He was part of our generation that was challenged with the sputnik launch. Remember, we learned about the launch in Washington Junior High School over the speaker system. That event (the launch) and his general curiosity kept his mind active. Oh that we all would have had such an immaginative mind. After I left Port Huron in '61; Ken showed up in Portland, Oregon for a visit in '62 I think. What a compliment. While it appears we overlaped by one or two years in Hawaii; we never met in the Aloha State. Remember the size of his shoes? Ken had to get special white bucks for the marching band at PHHS. Great friend leaving me with lots of good memories.

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