|(Thursday - November
05, 2020) - William J. Gammey, age 79, of Iron Mountain, passed away on
Wednesday, November 4, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.
Bill was born on March 28, 1941, in Florence, son of the late Joseph and
Edith (Soderberg) Gamba. He grew up in Iron Mountain and graduated from
Iron Mountain High School, class of 1960. He served in the United States
Air Force for four years and nine months as a staff sergeant before
being honorably discharged. Bill married Barbara Gregg on May 24, 1984,
in Breitung Township. He was a member of the First Covenant Church in
Iron Mountain, and his love of God started at Lake Lundgren Bible Camp,
which he attended from 1953 until 1955. Bill worked for the City of Iron
Mountain as a firefighter for 25 years, and while working for the fire
department, he served as the training coordinator for the State of
Michigan for nine years before retiring. Bill coached and assisted many
years for the Iron Mountain High School, freshman football team.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Gammey of Iron Mountain; two
daughters, Jeannie A. Gammey of Green Bay and Susan (Dave) Rice of
Aurora; five grandchildren, Krissa, Lanie, Timmy Brasure, all of Green
Bay, Kimberly Rice of Ecorse, Michigan and Tyler Rice of Aurora; four
step-children, Paul (Kelly) Riley of Illinois, Mark Gregg of Norway,
Robin Gregg of Aurora, and Lisa (Nathan) Pollock of Kingsford; other
grandchildren, Emma, Annie, and Kally Riley, Toni (Tyler Calvi) Gregg,
Mackenzie (Ethan) Metras, Tommy (Terra) Maynard, Dustin, and Jordan
Gregg, Randall and Whitney Gregg, Rylee Gregg, Andrew (Sophie Kaminski)
Pollock, and Ericka and Abby Pollock; honorary grandchildren, Mike and
Ammie Marana; and nine great-grandchildren; special and very dear
friends, Pete Marana, Greg Sleik, Jerry Novickis, and by his good
friends at Hardee’s; as well as his special four legged friend Button.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by one
sister, Kitty Gammey, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 10, from 9:30 until 11:00
AM at Jacobs Funeral Home. A celebration of Bill's life will take place
on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Pastor Chad Harrison will
officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Florence. The
Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post #50 of Iron Mountain will
accord military honors at graveside.
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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services
of Iron Mountain to honor Bill's legacy of life.