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Richard A. "Dick" Cram - 82

7/14/1934 - 5/31/2017

Clinton, Iowa

Richard A. “Dick” Cram age 82 of Clinton, IA, passed away Wednesday May 31, 2017 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, IL. According to his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Burial will be held at a later date. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at Dick was born on July 15, 1934 in Galesburg, IL, the son of Ellis and Phyllis (Caul) Cram. He graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, IL in 1952. He graduated from Milliken University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. He married Constance Hudson in 1955 in Evanston, IL. He later married Cindy Cotton on May 7, 1983 in Andover, IA. Richard worked as a salesman for his father’s business, Midland Industries in 1960 and later Midland Forge in Cedar Rapids, IA; he retired in 1997. Dick was an avid bicyclist, serving as a board member of the Hawkeye Bicycle Association and completing numerous RAGBRAIS. He enjoyed camping, hiking, bird watching, and playing racquetball. Richard enjoyed watching sports and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye’s fan. Richard is survived by his wife, Cindy Cram of Clinton; five children, Scott (Barb) Cram of Shellsburg, IA, Greg Cram of Denton, TX, Sharolyn (Al) Dunham of Fredericksburg, VA, Penny (Matt) Jolly of Orlando, FL, and Emily (Matthew Adams) Cotton Cram of Dubuque, IA; five grandchildren, Brandon, Tonya, Erica, Ashley, and Nathan; 9 great grandchildren; a brother, Roger (Corrine) Cram of Crested Butte, CO; and two half-brothers, John and Tom Cram. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife.






  • Deb (Meyer) Pint

    on 06/02/17

    Cindy, I was saddened to see Dick's obituary in the Gazette, and posted this tribute on Facebook this morning. Dick was a great guy. Please accept my condolences. For our Hawkeye Bicycle Association friends, the CR Gazette has an obituary notice today for Richard (Dick) Cram, who was a key member of HBA back when I started bicycling. In addition to his work on the board, he and his wife, Cindy, were some of the people who helped me learn to be a serious bicyclist. Like most of us, someone took us under their wing to teach us how to ride more than a few miles at a time. Dick and Cindy were those people for me. They were on most of the RAGBRAIs I rode, and they were the ones who encouraged me to get on the HBA board. Dick helped me set up a tent (with Sheila McRoberts, who passed away from cancer long ago) in the dark on my first trip to the Root River State Trail in Lanesboro, MN, back in 1990. Until he and Cindy moved to Clinton they were part of the HBA “core” as many of you are today.
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  • Cynthia C Cram

    on 06/04/17

    Thank you Deb for your warm memories!
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