State Bar of Michigan Director of Information Technology Services William M. Kramer III, 47, died June 27. Services are being held today in Charlotte. Will joined the State Bar staff in 2000 and was the key driver behind the State Bar’s success in implementing the member portal, e-commerce, the technology task force, and Wi-Fi and meeting room advancements in the Michael Franck building in Lansing.
Will's impact on the State Bar was enormous. Even before his illness, he served as role model for integrity, diligence, dignity, and kindness. As he has struggled through the challenges of his illness, he has also become something even more important -- an extraordinary example about how to live. No one ever fought harder to stay ahead of a deadly, advancing disease; no one has faced the fight with a more positive or selfless spirit.
Will is survived by his wife, Suzanna (Suzie) Kramer, their two children, William “Kiv”, 17, and Alexandra “Allie”,15, his father, William (Betty Baskin), his mother-in-law, Carol A. Simons (Michael Fulghum)); sister-in-law, Amy B. Watson (Barney); and niece, Lillian R. Watson. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rojene, brother, Michael, and father-in-law, David.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. July 2 at St. Mary’s Church in Charlotte, followed by a beer and brats “Celebration, Will Kramer Style” at the church.
The flag in front of the Michael Franck building in Lansing will fly at half-mast, and many members of the State Bar staff will be attending Kramer’s funeral on Tuesday afternoon.
Online condolences may be sent to the Kramer family at Pray Funeral Home.