The Family will host a Funeral Mass celebrating Danny’s life at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2022, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN with Msgr. David Baumgartner, presiding. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. To view a live stream go to www.crookstoncathedral.com and click on the prompt to view. Burial will take place in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, where military honors will be provided by the US Navy Funeral Honors Team and the Crookston Veterans Council.

Daniel “Danny” James Gramer,74, of Land O’ Lakes, FL, and a Crookston, MN native, passed away early Friday morning, April 29th in the Hospice unit of the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa Bay. Danny was comforted by his wife, Patricia, and many loved ones who were at his side.

Danny graduated from Cathedral High School in 1966 in Crookston, MN. In 1968 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam War veteran. He served as a Medic in the Philippines and at the Naval Hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam. He received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1972 with several letters of commendation. From 1977 to the present time Danny was an independent insurance agent. In 2001 he became the founder and CEO of Nations International Trading Group. Danny was a charter member of the Century Boat Club and one of his hobbies was the restoration of his 1958 Century boat. He recently achieved thoroughbred status for his service and support to the Club. Danny was a member of Moose Lodge 1903 in Land O’ Lakes, Crookston’s American Legion Post 20, and VFW Post 1902, as well as memberships with the Elks, Knights of Columbus, and Eagles.

Danny was preceded in death by his father, Earl B. Gramer, his mother, Madonna “Jeanne” (Parenteau) Gramer, grandfather, Earl P. Gramer, grandmother, Myrtle Callier, grandfather, Aurelius Parenteau, and grandmother, Della (Perusse) Parenteau. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Dufault); 6 siblings: Bob (Kathy) Gramer, Bill (Tina) Gramer, Dick Gramer, Terry Gramer, Ron (Sue) Gramer, and Gerri (Darren) Rust; 3 children: Michelle (Eric) Hofmeister, Bryant Gramer, and Tracy (Alex) Welk, 2 step-children, Lisa (Bob) Sitterly and Valarie (Mark Perez) Ianniello; 9 grandchildren: Nathan (April), Ryan (Chelsi), Michael, Megan, Noah, Haley, Dylan, Anastassia, and Arabella; and 3 great-grandchildren, Malaya, Reese, and Emmett. Danny also had many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.

Danny will be remembered for his gregarious and charismatic nature, his larger-than-life persona, and his ability to create deep connections with people, as well as his undeniable sense of humor.  He was a loving husband and father who could always make his family, friends, and complete strangers smile and erupt in spontaneous laughter. Danny touched the lives of so many and in such meaningful ways. He will truly be missed by all

A Funeral Mass celebrating Danny’s life will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes, FL on Friday, May 13th at 1:00 PM EST. A second Funeral Mass will be held later this summer at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Dan will be put to final rest at the Calvary Cemetery, in Crookston, MN. Date and time of the Crookston service is still to be determined and will be updated here accordingly.