Nathan Schramke, a junior ice hockey player at Swan Valley High School in Saginaw, Michigan, tragically passed away on July 13, 2023, as a result of a car accident. He was just 17 years old.
Nathan was a talented and dedicated goalie, displaying immense passion for the sport. He served as a leader both on and off the ice, inspiring his teammates, coaches, friends, and family with his strong work ethic, unwavering dedication, kindness, and sense of humor. He was deeply cherished as a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, leaving a profound void in the hearts of all who knew him.
Who is Nathan Schramke ?
Born on March 15, 2006, in Saginaw, Michigan, Nathan was the son of Mark and Lisa Schramke. He had an older sister named Rachel whom he greatly admired. Nathan’s journey in hockey began at the age of four, and he quickly developed a deep love for the game. Throughout his childhood, he played for various teams within the Saginaw Bay Ice Arena youth program.
At Swan Valley High School, Nathan was a vital member of the varsity ice hockey team since his freshman year, donning the number 30 jersey as their goalie. His remarkable skills earned him numerous accolades, including All-State Honorable Mention, All-Conference First Team, and MVP of his team. He played an instrumental role in his team’s victories in multiple tournaments and championships, notably the Division 2 Regional title in 2022. Nathan aspired to play college hockey and pursue a professional career in the sport, having garnered interest from several colleges and scouts.
Beyond his athletic achievements, Nathan excelled academically, maintaining a high GPA, and actively participating in various clubs and activities at school. He had diverse interests, including music, movies, video games, fishing, and cherished moments spent with his loved ones and friends.
Nathan will forever be remembered for his infectious smile, positive attitude, and generous spirit. He consistently demonstrated a willingness to help others and bring laughter to those around him. His bond with his family, especially his sister Rachel, was incredibly strong, and he treasured the camaraderie he shared with his close-knit group of friends, whom he considered brothers. Nathan held a deep admiration for the Detroit Red Wings and had great respect for legendary goalies such as Jimmy Howard, Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, and Henrik Lundqvist.
His impact extended far beyond the ice, touching the lives of many with his talent, personality, and compassion. Nathan’s legacy is one of love and will forever be etched in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him.
Nathan Schramke Obituary and Funeral Service
A celebration of Nathan’s life will take place on July 18, 2023, at Snow Funeral Home in Saginaw, Michigan. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a service at 10:00 a.m. To honor Nathan’s passion for the game, attendees are encouraged to wear hockey jerseys or shirts. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nathan Schramke Memorial Fund, which will support youth hockey programs in Saginaw.
During this challenging time, the family expresses gratitude for the prayers, condolences, and support they have received. They deeply appreciate the outpouring of love and compassion from the community.