Virgil D. Schramm, 72, Le Mars, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Virgil Dean Schramm was born March 3, 1933, in Storm Lake, the son of Louis Clause and Leah Katherine (Sievers) Schramm. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Storm Lake.
He was raised and educated in Storm Lake, graduating from Storm Lake High School in 1951.
On Aug. 4, 1953, Virgil was inducted into the United States Army. He attained the rank of Corporal prior to his honorable discharge on May 27, 1955. He returned to Storm Lake and to his job with IPS. He then became employed with AMF and serviced bowling equipment throughout the United States.
On Aug. 30, 1958, Virgil and Kay Rasmus were united in marriage at Benson, Neb. They made their home in Sioux City for a brief time. The couple lived in Des Moines, East St. Louis, Ill., and Storm Lake where Virgil managed bowling lanes.
In 1969, Kay's mother, Vera Roberson, purchased part of the Sweet Sixteen Lanes in Le Mars. Virgil and his family moved to Le Mars to manage the business and would later become business partners. Virgil retired in 2004 due to his failing health.
Virgil was a member of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America and the Iowa Bowling Proprietors Association. He was one of the first bowlers in Iowa to maintain a 200 average and was on one of the first teams to average 1,000. Apart from work and bowling, Virgil loved all types of music and using his computer.
Survivors include his wife Kay of Le Mars; a daughter, Nadine Schramm of Ponder, Texas; a son, Gregory Schramm and his wife, Diana of Ada, Mich.; a daughter, Leisha Schramm and her special friend, Alan Phillips of Le Mars; three grandchildren, Katelin, Kristen, and Braydon; two sisters, Ramona Smith of Ajo, Ariz.; and Carolyn Hinners and her husband, Ronald of Storm Lake.
He was preceeded in death by his parents; a brother, Lowell Schramm and his wife, Juanita; a sister, Betty Fritz and her husband, Earl; his mother-in-law, Vera Roberson; and a brother-in-law, John Smith.
A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Sweet Sixteen Lanes (517 Seventh Ave, S.W.), in Le Mars. Pastor Jason Larson of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m., with a prayer service scheduled for 7 p.m.