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Earl William Schramm

Earl passed away peacefully June 4, 2012, at his Medford, Ore., home surrounded by his family. Earl was born December 24, 1927, to William and Esther Schramm, in Two Rivers, Wis., and has gone home into the loving arms of Jesus. Earl is survived by his sister, Ruth Tadych, and brother, Melvin Schramm, both of Two Rivers, Wis.; his son, Scott Schramm, and his wife, Muriel, of Tacoma, Wash.; and his daughter, Cheryl Wirth, and her husband, Roger, of Jacksonville, Ore.; as well as three grandchildren, Christopher Wirth, Ellisha Wirth, and Hannah Wirth, and Hannah's son, Jasper Indigo Forest Love Wirth, Earl's only great-grandson; however the unborn great-grandchild of Christopher and his wife, Kimberly, of Temple, Texas, is reportedly on the way. What a legacy!

Earl lived a happy, typical Midwestern childhood playing cowboys and Indians with his friends in the "woods" around his Two Rivers home. The example of his father, William gave Earl the love for Beagles, and for fishing and hunting deer and pheasants, which he passed along to his son and grandchildren. Earl entered the military near the end of World War II enlisting in the Marines, spending his two years of service as part of the U.S. Army occupation of China, an experience he very seldom spoke about.

Earl married Bernice Stelzer in August 1950, and they embarked on a life-long pursuit of the "American Dream," living in Two Rivers and Green Bay, Wis., then Lincoln, Neb., Portland, Ore., and Burleson, Texas, while pursuing successful careers with the U.S. Government, finally retiring to Medford, Ore., where they enjoyed many years of gardening and woodworking and the love of their grandchildren.

Earl was a very gentle and giving man and just about the kindest person anyone could meet in their entire lives and often sacrificed his own personal comfort and joy for the benefit of others. He gave of himself till his last days when he was finally forced to accept the help of others. Earl is especially indebted to his granddaughter, Ellie, for the years of help and companionship she provided after Bernice passed away in 2005. Although we will miss Earl immensely, we know he firmly believed, as we all do, in the hope and promise of our Lord Jesus, that He has risen, and we will reunite someday to spend eternity together in Heaven.

Those wishing to join in a memorial service in celebration of Earl's life are very welcome at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Central Point, Ore., at 4:00 p.m., on Friday, June 8, 2012, with Pastor Herbert Percy officiating.

Earl William Schramm