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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. Heather M Dennis on February 17, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Thinking of you Andrea, Kate & Nancy and the rest of the family. Enjoyed watching your Dad root for his Packers & always enjoyed visiting both of them @ the Winter Inn at “happy hour”
    😘🙏🙏♥️



  2. DALE L ANDERSON on February 17, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Our deepest sympathies to Nancy and her Family and friends.I remember Bill as a hardworking man at the Republic Mine. My wife Pam and I and Nancy got together once and had a verygood time,before your move.



  3. Marne Patana on February 18, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Our sincere condolences to Nancy, Andrea, Kate, and family. May the memories you’ve shared bring smiles at the most unexpected times for years to come.



  4. Joanne Carriere on February 18, 2022 at 8:19 am

    My thoughts are with you, Andrea and Katie. All the fun we had at camp on the Dead River are some of my fondest memories. I loved swimming, saunas and having a beer around the fire with you. I hope all the good times help you through these tough times



  5. Mike Paakola on February 18, 2022 at 8:32 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy, Andy and Katie. It was so great to see all of you at the Dead River camp.



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