Merrill "Buddy" Grams

Merrill “Buddy” E. Grams of Cambridge, MN passed away on Feb. 9, 2021 at the age of 92. Merrill was born on March 19, 1928, on the family farm near Zimmerman, MN (Now Grams Regional Park) to Henry and Minnie Grams along with his twin sister, Marian. Merrill was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Howard, Ken, Don; and his sisters, Dorothy (Heath), Marjorie (Smith), Marian (Nemeth), Harriet (Kish) and Joyce (Olene). Merrill is survived by his loving wife, Helen Mae (Mack) of 71 years; sister, Helen (Benson); sisters-in-law, Lou Grams, JoAnn Grams; five sons, Darrell (Pat), Randy (Melodee), Scott (Tara), Jeff (Tami), Joel; and 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, plus three on the way. Merrill and Helen Mae were married in Princeton, MN in 1949. Merrill’s employment included Land O’ Lakes, Green Acres Nursing Home, and self-employed Painter. He carried out his passion by owning a hobby farm and caring for the animals. Merrill loved family, community, and church gatherings, attended grandchildren sporting events and school activities, and hobbies included being an avid racing fan at Princeton Speedway, auto shows, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, playing cards, and cribbage. Merrill had been an active member of the Lutheran Church all his life. A visitation will be on March 19, 2021, at Strike Life Tributes in Cambridge, MN from 5–7 p.m. with a private family service to follow. Online condolences and stories may be placed at In lieu of flowers, any monetary gifts to the family will go to Children’s Hospital, helping cancer patient families with financial needs.

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Scott, I am sorry to read of the death of your father. I will hold you and your family in my thoughts. Take good care Scott, Marlin Olson

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