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Wilbert H. Kraehmer, 89, was received home by his Lord Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at his home at Fox Ridge Estate retirement community in Bryant.
He was born Aug. 16, 1921, in Chicago, Ill.
During World War II he met Aileen L. Kraehmer, who became his dear wife of 56 years. They lived in Memphis following eight years of service in the Navy during World War II and the korean Conflict until her death in October 2002. He then moved to Bryant.
He loved his lord and was committed to Him through service at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Memphis where he served four different terms as congregational president, treasurer, and member of the Board of Lay Ministry, Board of Church Properties, and four different building committees. Following his service during the Korean Conflict, he worked in Memphis with his father-in-law in a small company selling appliances, heaters, and air conditioners. Eventually he became the owner and continued to work until age 72.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Erdine E. Hollenbeck; and his brother, Charles W. Kraehmer.
He leaves behind a son, Herb C. Kraehmer of Seymour, Tenn.; a daughter, Karen L. Meyer of Schaumburg, Ill.; a son, Carl G. Kraehmer and wife Bobbie of Bryant; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Memphis, Tenn., where he as a long time member. The Rev. Lane Reuter will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Park on Poplar Avenue in Memphis, Tenn. Arrangements by Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel in Memphis, Tenn.
Visitation will be held prior to the service at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund, 6325 Raleigh LaGrance Road, Memphis, TN 38134 or Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Place, North Little Rock, AR 72116.
Family comments: The family thanks the many friends at Fox Ridge Estate of Bryant who provided exceptional care and personal love for our dad for nearly eight years. Their loving care sustained him while struggling with Alzheimerâ€™s disease. The family also thanks the friends and staff of Arkansas Hospice who have also provided exceptional care for more than a year.