Michael P. Kramer, 44, of St. Charles, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in a helicopter accident in Maplewood.

Mike was born Feb. 24, 1969, in Rochester, to Edward Kramer and Mary (Siebenaler) Kramer and was raised on a farm near Elba. Mike graduated from St. Charles High School in 1987 and from the University of Minnesota in 1992, where he was initiated in the AGR Fraternity. Mike served in the United States Army from 1993-1997 and achieved the rank of captain. Mike and Tricia Riggins were married Feb. 25, 1995, in Monument, Colo. They moved to Clear Lake, Wis., in 1997 and purchased a dairy farm. In 1998, Mike and Tricia purchased a Victorian home in Clear Lake and operated an adult foster care for adults with developmental disabilities. In 2006, they sold their farm and group home to move to Sevierville, Tenn., where he began his helicopter flying career. Mike flew a helicopter in Australia for cattle roundup, scenic tours over the Smokey Mountain National Park in Tennessee, SKY 13 News in Orlando, Fla., Scott's Helicopters in Minnesota and for FOX 9, KARE 11 and WCCO 4 News. He also flew Air Evac Lifeteem and Wings Air Rescue EMS in Kentucky and Alabama. In 2013, Mike and Tricia moved with their family back to St. Charles where he flew for Mercy Air Med of Mason City. This spring, he returned to Scott's Helicopters to spray for Metropolitan Mosquito Control.

He was a member of Heartland Community Church of St. Charles and the American Legion in Sevierville, Tenn.

Mike was a loving husband, giving father, conscientious student, excellent pilot and a Christian man who stood for the truth.

Mike is survived by his wife, Tricia; a daughter, Katherine and a son, Daniel; his mother, Mary Kramer of St. Charles; father, Edward (JoAn) Kramer of St. Charles; paternal grandmother, Evabell Kramer of St. Charles; 12 siblings, Deborah (Robert) Manemann of Plainview, John (Gwendolyn) Kramer of Glen Rose, Texas, Susan (Burnell) Folkert of Rochester, Steven (April) Kramer, David (Karen) Kramer and Karen Davis, all of St. Charles, Terry Nelson of Rochester, Melanie (Joseph) Kreidermacher and Gregory (Jacqualynn) Kramer, both of St. Charles, Kathleen (Jarred) Mosdal of Lanesboro, Matthew (Joyce) Kramer of Chatfield and Victoria (Rian) Jones of Stewartville; mother-in-law, Adrian Barnes; sisters-in-law, Mary (David) Maynard, Jeanne (Steve) James and Rose Riggins, whom Mike and Tricia were foster parents to; brothers-in-law, John (Melanie) Riggins and Mike (Melinda) Riggins; as well as 75 first cousins and 28 nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Bill Riggins, maternal grandparents, Alex and Olivia Siebenaler, paternal grandfather, Gregory Kramer and brother-in-law, Gene Davis.

A celebration of Mike's life was held Monday, June 24, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, with the Rev. Mark Pluim and the Rev. Kurt Farrell officiating. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Elba, with the St. Charles American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars conducting military graveside honors.

The family prefers memorials in lieu of flowers.

Please share a memory of Mike at his online guestbook and view his tribute video when it becomes available at hofffuneral.com.