Curtis D. Trams
NEENAH Wis. — Curtis D. Trams, 84 of Neenah, passed away peacefully with his family by his side. He was born Feb. 15, 1934 to the late Melvin and Elizabeth (McKown) Trams in Michigan. After joining the U.S. Air Force, Curtis served in England where he met his bride, Patricia Hoy. They married and moved back to Escanaba, where Curtis and his father owned and operated Culligan Water. Eventually their family moved to Neenah where Curtis started a job with Banta Corp, where he worked for over 30 years.
Curtis found grace by attending New Hope Church where he enjoyed listening to the messages given in the services, as well as the music. He enjoyed long road trips with his family for both vacations and baton competitions. He loved fishing with his grandson, David, and was affectionately nick-named “Grumpy Grandpa,” but had the most tender heart. He would do anything to make his family happy.
Curtis was loved by many and will be missed by all. Surviving him are his wife of 62 years, Paddy; his children, Leonard Trams, Linda (Joe) Ashauer, Corrine (Chris) Thompson, Barbara (Pat) Bergner, and daughter-in-law, Dawn Ahrens-Trams; by his grandchildren, Patricia Baker, Steve Trams, Angela (Brett) Cartwright, Nichole (Josh) Arnoldussen, Travis (Kristin) Nett, Emily (Blake) Runnoe, Amanda Bergner, Brianna Ashauer, David Trams, Tyler Thompson and Julie Trams; as well as by great-grandchildren, Matthew, Emma, and Allison Cartwright; Mavrick Thompson; Colton and Oliver Arnoldussen; Elizabeth Trams; Tenley, Landin, and Ramzey Kempen. He is further survived by his sister, Barbara Allen; and close friends, Homer Bishop, Gale Lemerand, Lynne Magnuson, Sonia and Jerry Nelson; the Nollenberg and Frank families as well as other extended family members and close friend.
He was preceded in death by his son, Duane Trams; grandson, Jon Trams; sister-in-law, Ellen Mary Jane Hoy; parents-in-law, Emily Isabella and Leonard Hoy; and by good friends: Chum Magnuson; Shirley Carter; Mary and Ed Harris; and Irene and Sonny Frank.
A memorial service for Curtis will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at New Hope Church, 1850 American Dr., Neenah, with Rev. Jeff Prewitt officiating. A visitation will be held at church from 12 p.m. until the hour of service.
The family would like to extend a warm thank you to Dr. Knaus and the nurses of ThedaCare Regional Medical Center – Neenah; as well as the staff of Rennes for their compassionate care and support through this journey.