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William K. “Bill” LaMere, age 65, of Greenville, passed away late Tuesday evening, February 8, 2022 at home surrounded by his family.

The son of Wallace Marvin & Judith Julianne (Saari), he was born on June 21, 1956 in Ishpeming of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and grew up in Champion, Michigan.  On September 8, 1979, in Negaunee, he married Nancy Jean Siik, and together they enjoyed 42 years of marriage and raised two daughters.

Bill worked at the service station in Champion, the sawmill, and the Tilden, Republic, and Empire mines. He put himself through Northern Michigan University, and in 1983, Bill and Nancy moved to Greenville when Bill began his 31-year career with Greenville Tool & Die.  He retired in 2015 as the Head of the Quality Control and Inspection Department and the ISO 9001 Director.

Bill remained a true Yooper, rooting for his beloved Green Bay Packers, and is a proud Packers’ Shareholder!  A skilled craftsman, he enjoyed woodworking, as well as hunting up the Grade, fishing, and photography.  He was a savvy investor and enjoyed cruise vacations and gardening with the Grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ronald LaMere, and his wife Cindy;  sister-in-law Patty Hemmila, and an infant brother, Phillip LaMere.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy LaMere; their two daughters, Andrea & (Brian) Cowles, and Kate & (James) Butterworth; two cherished grandsons, Connor Cowles and Dawson Butterworth, all of Greenville; three brothers and two sisters, Robert & Lynn LaMere of Texas, Cheryl Hamel of Champion, Joseph & Barb LaMere of Washington, Candy LaMere of Greenville, and Jerry & M.J. LaMere of Indiana; siblings-in-law, David & Pam Siik and Peggy & Mike Pieper; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family is from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The Rev. Betsy Kamphuis, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, Bill would have appreciated contributions in his memory to the Wallace & Julianne LaMere Family Educational Trust.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bill’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com

Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.

 

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  1. Greenville Tool & die Employees on February 21, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Nancy, Andrea, Kate and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Greenville Tool & Die Employees



  2. Rich Ring on February 21, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Nancy, Andrea, Kate and LaMere family,
    What a privilege I had to work with Bill for over 30 years at Greenville Tool & Die. Bill had so much knowledge, and wanted to “do it right”. His craftsmanship pushed us all to “do it better”. I dare say I must have lost over 30 cups of coffee or bottles of pop to Bill over the years when those beloved Packers would beat up on our pathetic Lions. Bill would give me just enough points to lure me in, but he’d still win the bet. Sure missed those side bets once Bill retired.
    One thing that stood out about Bill over the years was how important “FAMILY” was to him. Difficult it will be, but as you move forward, the days will have many awesome memories of “Bill”, “Dad” and “Grandpa”. There will be times when one of you will say something or do something “Just like Bill”, “Just like Dad” or “Just like Grandpa”. When that happens, talk about it, cry together, laugh together and embrace those moments. “Bill”, “Dad” and “Grandpa” will live on in each and every one of you, what a gift he has embedded in your heart and soul. My thoughts and prayers will continue for peace and comfort. Matthew 5:4.
    I will surely miss my dear friend.
    Rich Ring



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