Vern L. Thrams, age 80, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Zephyrhills, Fla.
Vern was born Nov. 25, 1928, in Colon, Mich., He was married in June 1952, to Joan Moser and they made their home in Sturgis, where Vern was a tool and die maker for Sutton Tool Inc., retiring in 1994.
Vern enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He became an avid bowler, joining several different leagues and traveling to many tournaments. Other hobbies included playing cards, attending the county fair and listening to music.
An active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sturgis and later Our Savior Lutheran, Zephyrhills, Vern served as usher, teller and elder for many years. He also served on many boards and committees.
Vern’s family and friends will remember him as caring and loving. He made everyone feel special by sending personal cards. Holidays were something special, including many family members and friends. His sons and grandchildren, nephews and nieces all knew they were loved and were important to him.
Vern is survived by his companion of several years, Ms. Glea Anthonissen; two sons, Terry Thrams and Tim (Kim) Thrams; four grandchildren, Natalie (Bill) Mahr, Crystal Thrams, Dalton Thrams and Kayde Thrams; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Vern Thrams will be held at 11 a.m. June 27 at Southside Cemetery in Colon, followed by a luncheon and fellowship at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 484 Burr Oak Road, Colon. The Rev. Calvin J. Kolzow, II will officiate this celebration of Vern’s life with his family and friends.