Ralph P. “Junior” Cremer Jr.

Ralph P. “Junior” Cremer Jr.

Ralph P. “Junior” Cremer Jr., age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:40 p.m., on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Luther Manor, with his loving family by his side. Due to the current gathering restrictions, private services will be held for family and friends to celebrate Junior’s life at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. A celebration of Junior’s life for all to attend will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Junior was born on January 15, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ralph and Marie (Vogt) Cremer Sr.

Junior was a proud life-long Dubuquer who owned and operated Cremer’s Grocery store for his entire working career, officially “retiring” in 2011. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Vivian Koppes, on June 21, 1952, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. They were blessed to have 3 daughters together, and would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary next month. Junior was a hard worker who enjoyed his work. He found much of that enjoyment in the relationships he made with his employees and customers, whom he considered friends and family. He treated all with kindness and generosity, that is not to say they were not subject to some “ribbing”. One of the main attractions at the meat counter, besides the excellent products, was the chatter, and back and forth banter that went on. He loved that. Everyone that falls into this category please know you meant the world to Junior, and he and we appreciate you, your friendship and your patronage. When he did manage to find some free time Junior enjoyed getting out on the Mississippi when the weather was nice, as well as hitting the bowling lanes. He was an excellent bowler and was a member of the Dubuque Bowling Association and the 700 Club. His faith was also an important part of his daily life, he was a long time member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church and the Sacred Heart Men’s Club. We are deeply saddened at losing such a wonderful, hard working and loving man in our daily lives. We will miss you more than words can say and look forward to the day when we are all reunited for Eternity.

Those left to cherish Junior’s memory include

his loving wife,
Vivian Cremer, Dubuque, IA;

2 daughters,
Mary (Al) Slattery, Mustang, OK
and Cathy (Mark) Stone, Dubuque, IA;

5 grandchildren,
Eric (Alicia) Steffen, Danielle (Tom) Klostermann, Luke (Alexandra) Slattery, Adam (Chelsey) Slattery and Levi Stone;

10 great-grandchildren,
Aiden Steffen, Theo Steffen, Dillion Glew, Lucas Klostermann, Gwendolyn Klostermann, Vaughn Slattery, Gillianna Slattery, Grant Slattery, Nora Slattery and Ivy Slattery;

2 sisters,
Sandi (Jim) Klinge
and Carol (Gary) Schubert, both of Dubuque, IA;

a son-in-law,
Iver Bryan, Columbus, WI;

his in-laws,
Madonna Lucas,
Judy (James) Lang,
Karen (Leon) Burke,
Tom (Mary Ann) Yates
and Lucille Koppes;

and several nieces and nephews.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Pamela Cremer; a brother, Gary (Donna) Cremer; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Lucille Frost; and his in-laws, Mary Agness (Jack) Miller, James Koppes and Robert Koppes..

Junior’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, especially Diane Kaiser Pearce, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their care and support.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and can be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, attn. Ralph Cremer family, and will be distributed among Junior’s favorite charities.

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9 condolences for Ralph P. “Junior” Cremer Jr.
  1. Bonnie Rhomberg says:

    Deepest sympathy to Jiniors family
    Enjoyed visiting with him at Cremers and Sacred Heart fall festival.

  2. Rick Kearney says:

    Know that my thoughts and prayers goes out to the family. I was the Frito Lay rep.for 15 years at the store. Loved talking to Junior

  3. Jack & Marilyn says:

    Vivian and family—-We brought Jr. communion and so enjoyed visiting with him. He was a great person and will be missed.

    Jack & Marilyn Hafeman

  4. Gary and Nancy Strohmeyer says:

    Vivian, Cathy ( Mark ), and family,
    Very sorry to hear of the passing of Junior. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Gary and Nancy Strohmeyer

  5. The Dave Neyens Family says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We all have grown up with Dad’s stories of Junior. Again, thank you to the Cremer family for the kind words you shared with our father through out his life. We will always remember your family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dave Neyens Family

  6. Patty Kehoe says:

    Sorry for you loss

  7. Sandy McDowell says:

    He never forgot a customers name or what they ordered. Always asked after my kids and how our marina was doing. My respect and sympathy to the family.

  8. Joe Deckert says:

    Sorry for your loss of Jr. The Cremer family has been a part of a lot of peoples lives for ever,lots of respect for goes out to your family.

  9. Adele Nicks says:

    Deepest Sympathies on the passing of Junior. It is hard to capture what it was like to shop at Cremers. It was an outing and something to look forward to. One enjoyed the friendly banter and always left with a satisfied feeling. Junior was one of the good guys. Always exceeding the highest level of customer service and quality meat and groceries. Junior truly left a legacy. May Vivian and the entire Cremer family that prayers and happy memories support them as they grieve the loss of such a man. “To the world he was just a man, to you and many others,he was everything.” God bless! Adele & Bob Nicks

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