William "Mike" Hammer, 81, of Baker City, Oregon passed away at his residence on October 23, 2018. Services for Mike will be held in the Spring of 2019.
Mike was born on February 21, 1937 in Klamath Falls, Oregon to William and Helenmarr (Grissom) Hammer. He attended Redmond High School and graduated in 1955. After high school, Mike joined the U.S. Navy and served four years. He went to Oregon State University after he got out of the Navy.
He worked as an Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Aviation Administration for 28 years until his retirement.
On March 10, 1992, he married Phyllis Bemrose in Reno, Nevada. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, blackpowder, reading, hiking, camping and canoeing. He was a member of Kiwanis, Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, Toastmasters, and Boy Scouts of America. His accomplishments include excelling in his career with the FAA and many years of service to his community in Kiwanis and Boy Scouts of America.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Hammer of Baker City, Oregon; daughters, Holly Shima of Lincoln, California and Kristy Holcomb of Redmond, Oregon; son, Daniel Hammer of Redmond, Oregon; and step-daughter, Melony Baker of Bend, Oregon. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Loren Dell Hammer; mother, Helenmarr Wimp; father, William H. Hammer Sr.; and step-mother, Louise Hammer.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to McEwen Missionary Services through Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, OR 97814.