Cal Kraemer

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Cal Kraemer died on Monday, 4/17/2018 at the age of 88. The Leader-Telegram obituary is linked below. The funeral service is at 11 AM Monday, April 23, at 11 AM, at Trinity Methodist Church in Chippewa Falls.

Cal was a regular volunteer on the Ice Age Trail and at our chapter events along with his wife Donna Kraemer since 2002. In 2006, the chapter chose him for the "In The Mud" award for his volunteer service. 

Shortly after the chapter obtained the DR field and brush mower, Cal stepped forward to adopt the section of trail from Firth Lake to Hwy CC, and mowed it frequently for many years. It is a difficult section of trail to mow, and takes multiple days to do it. It includes an extensive stretch through shoulder-high hayland along the edge of open farmland. Often Donna joined him for moral support and to clear the branches that would hinder the mowing. Not limiting themselves to just mowing, they took on other tasks on their section, including minor adjustments to the trail route when required. On one occasion they hauled in posts and marked a section of trail where logging had left it unnavigable. After health concerns dictated that he turn in his mower keys, Cal continued to volunteer in other ways until one day he announced that he was ready to resume mowing, which he did for another two years. In later years, Cal would always come to the Parade of Colors to offer his services driving hikers to their starting points, while Donna would offer refreshments. When they couldn’t help at a recent MSC project, they turned out to check things out and bring a load of cookies.

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Cal was also a valuable contributor and moral support to chapter decision-making. His experience as a former county staff person helped us to develop our relationship with county staff. He participated at chapter meetings, offering seasoned wisdom. He always had a twinkle in his eye and yet was ernest in his opinions. He was a great mentor.

Cal’s family has suggested memorials to either the Ice Age Trail Alliance or to the Trinity United Methodist Church. You can make a memorial gift to IATA in Cal’s honor online here.

We all miss Cal Kraemer, and appreciate all that he has contributed to the trail, the chapter, and as a friend.

Obituary: Leader-Telegram

Chippewa Herald