Former Nebraska state Sen. Bob Kremer has died at age 77.
Kremer, of Aurora, died on Tuesday of an apparent heart attack.
Kremer served in the Legislature from 1999 to 2007. He grew up on a family farm south of Aurora, and spent his life as a cattle feeder.
His son, Mark Kremer, says the former lawmaker enjoyed working with people and was involved with several agriculture groups, including the Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau and Nebraska Cattlemen. Kremer says his father was also deeply religious, and looked for ways to encourage others.
Gov. Dave Heineman released a statement upon learning of the passing of Kremer:
“Senator Kremer was an outstanding State Senator and a true community leader. He was a strong and effective advocate for agriculture, and he was a good friend. He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Bev, and their family," Heineman said.
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer also issued a statement.
“I was saddened to learn of the passing of State Senator Bob Kremer. Bob was not only a wonderful colleague and mentor in the Legislature, but also a dear friend," Fischer said. "He was beloved by his community and admired across the state for his diligent work and leadership for Nebraska agriculture. All Nebraskans are grateful for his many years of public service. Bruce and I extend to his wife, Bev, and the entire Kremer family our prayers and deepest condolences.”
Congressman Adrian Smith also shared his thoughts.
“I am saddened by the passing of former Senator Bob Kremer. I extend my deepest condolences to his wife, Bev and his children, Mark, Sheila, Sherri, and Shauna and their families," Smith said.
“I am honored to have served in the Unicameral with Bob, who gave me a lot of solid advice over the years. He will be remembered for his exemplary commitment to public service and especially Nebraska agriculture. Bob lived his faith on a daily basis, and will be greatly missed.”
A visitation is scheduled Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Pleasant View Bible Church in Aurora. A celebration of life will be held at the church at 11 a.m. on Saturday.