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Robert Joseph Kremer

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kremerRobert Joseph Kremer, 56, of Deer Park, Texas, left this earth Sunday June 4, 2017. He was born on April 1, 1961 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and passed away in Houston, Texas after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.
He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Joni, son Greyson and wife Maddie, daughter Brenna, who he lovingly called Jellybean, and dogs Missy and Riley, mother Jo, sister Sharon and husband Ernie, brother Steven and sister Leslie DeSouza. He is preceded in death by his father Robert E. Kremer, step-father Al “Grandpa” DeSouza, grandparents, Lina and Joseph Rhodes, Gertrude and Earl Kremer, mother-in-law Eula Velazquez and dogs Rebek, Cali, and Sophie. Robert (aka: Rob, Bob, Robbie, Dad) lived in the Cleveland area of Ohio until he was 14 years old when his family moved to Fort Meyers, Florida to run his family’s motel. At age 17, Robert reached a crossroads in his life – High School or the Volkswagen. After a road trip to Ohio in the Volkswagen and working at TGI Friday’s, Robert returned to high school where he received his GED at age 19, which set him on a new path. Of the many odd jobs in his life, the oddest was working for the Italian mob where he learned to be an amazing cook. After starting his college life, he followed his heart back to Florida where he earned his associates from Edison Junior College and completed his bachelors at his beloved University of Florida. Go Gators! He, then, started his building construction career in Alabama in 1989 and eventually heading to Houston later to work for Brown & Root and KBR. In Houston, Robert then met Joni, the love of his life, and they married two years later, June 20, 1992. They lived in Pasadena for four years before making Deer Park their family home in 1996. Robert loved his family and never let his illness define him, his family or his life. He enjoyed a good cold beer, working in the yard and on his 1960 Thunderbird, which he inherited from his dad and later his 1968 convertible Mustang. Robert earned the title of “Mr. Fix-It” because he could fix just about anything. Robert could always be counted on for his humor, sarcasm and his quick wit. Robert will forever be remembered for his humor, courage, strength and selflessness. Memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Deer Park United Methodist Church, 1300 E. 13th Street, Deer Park. 281-930-1300.

Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have slipped away in the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remain exactly as it was. I am I and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is death but negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.

- Henry Scott Holland

We would like to thank Dr. Wang, Dr. Q, Dr. Lee and the many doctors, nurses and PA’s at MD Anderson that cared for Robert throughout the last 10 years. In addition, we would like to thank ALL the friends, family and coworkers that continually supported, prayed and comforted ou