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Neil Jerome Schramm

12/09/1957 - 09/05/2019

Neil J. Schramm, 61, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Virginia, MN. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at East Moe Lutheran Church in Garfield, MN at 11 am. A local Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Jennie and Cory Winger’s home in Embarrass at 1:00 pm. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Neil Jerome Schramm was born December 9, 1957 to Donavon and Elizabeth (Foslien) Schramm. He played Little League Ball, was on the swimming team, and worked for the northside Bridgeman’s. Neil graduated from Virginia High School in 1976. He attended St. Cloud State for two years. He did leather working, photography, and Boundary Waters Canoeing.

In the early 1980’s, Neil moved to Vail, CO, with his first job being Eagle’s Nest. Neil worked many years for May Palace in Vail and other restaurants. He transitioned to working construction and painting. For years, Neil took care of setting up camp for his dad and the crew to go elk hunting in Colorado. Neil loved to work with wood, loved coffee, and of course, telling stories.

The surviving siblings are Susan (Steven) Bradow, Jack (Shelley) Schramm, Peggy (Tim) Polson, Dale (Vicky) Schramm, and Allen (Patty) Schramm; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and a great-great nephew.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents, Donavon and Elizabeth Schramm; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Schramm and Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Foslien; and nephew, Joshua Schramm.

9 thoughts on “Neil Jerome Schramm”

  1. Tracy (Fontaine) Ketterling says:

    My heartfelt condolences to your family. Neil had such a big heart and smile. The class of 1976 will miss him. I did share his passing with our closed group for our class on fb.

  2. Tracy Ketterling says:

    I will not be able to attend the service as I will already be in Arizona for the winter.

  3. Gary Haubert says:

    Sad to hear of Neil’s passing . I was a manager at Eagle”s Nest when Neil started and later owned Lionshead Bar and Grill over the year’s we became friends had few beers and laughs . It was the a crazy little town and he made a lot of friends ,that’s what I’ll
    remember. I believe I met Donavon in Vail.
    My condolences to the family for your loss, gone too soon .

  4. Chris Dwyer says:

    So sorry to hear this news as I have many memories of Neil
    in Vail Colorado, he was one of the first people I met there in 1981 and did a lot of skiing with him, Maldy and
    John O” neil in those early days doing gondy runs. Prayers and condolences to family and friends.

  5. Craig Merlot says:

    I worked with Neil at the May Palace in Vail. He was a great manager and got along with most everyone. Always quick with a smile or laugh. Thanks for the good times Neil. Craig Merlot

  6. ___ Bomber says:

    When I think of Neil I smile every time <3 Rarely do you meet someone in life as magnetic as Neil. His smile, his laugh, his stories would draw you in, he was a pied piper on Bridge Street, you wanted to be in his presences. I worked with him for years at the May Palace. He was kind, gentle, always respectful and honest. He would have given me his last penny as I would have given him mine.
    Neil, my brother Bird and Maldy are waiting for us to join the party again … they just started a few years before us : ) Blessing and condolences to Neil's family, he still makes my heart smile.

  7. tracy@montananicelydunn.com says:

    I worked with Neil in Vail for years, upbeat, supporting, wonderful man. God Speed Neil

  8. joel.schramm@gmail.com says:

    Neil loved to connect with people. I am working on a website to collect stories of him from his friends and family. When it came to Neil’s life, I was a part of very little. I am glad to have the times I did with him. If you have a story and would like it included please send to me at joel.schramm@gmail.com, pictures welcome.

  9. Britt Brown says:

    Neil and I met at Eagles Nest on our first day working for Vail Associates. We quickly became great friends and drinking buddies. Those early days in Vail were magical and we were on top of the world! When I became Gondola Coordinator, second season, Neil was invaluable. That man could find anything, anytime, anywhere that we needed at Eagles Nest. I was hired, one year, to refurbish a huge hotel with restaurant and nightclub. Neil was the first person I called and we worked ten hours a day, side by side, for several months until it was finished. I think we might have partied in every room, before it was finished, too. Over the years, Neil and I walked, hitchhiked and stumbled through many adventures, together. My favorite memories of Neil will always be, late at night, in a dimly lit bar, with the snow piling high outside, drinking warm Grand Marnier and laughing until we were in tears. I will always consider Neil to have been one of my very best friends in my life. Neil was forthright, hilarious, kind, intelligent, resourceful, clever, a devoted friend and without hesitation, would give you his last dollar or the shirt off his back. I miss him, already. I’m going to list some names from our early days in Vail. Some have already passed and I hope the rest are doing well. Neil, Maldy, Cubby, the Bopp brothers, Taylor, Susan S., Mary W. Tashina, Joe R. Gary H.Kenden, Otis , Shmei, Chris V. E., Manny, Lindon, Larry, Roadblock, Mike K., Dave S., Ralph, DJ M., Suzie, David C. It was an amazing moment in time, I’m sure noone will forget. I’m thankful I was there….along with Neil. Farewell, dear friend.

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