Obit: John Hemmer, 70, Ludington

June 28, 2013


John Carl Hemmer, age 70, passed away June 26th, 2013.

He was born in Ludington to the late Barbara (Petrie) and Carl Hemmer.

After graduating from St. Simon High School in 1961, he worked in Flint until being drafted into the Army at age 21. From December 1964 until 1966, John proudly served his country in the Artillery, and was stationed in Korea for one year, obtaining the rank of E-5 Sergeant.

After returning home from the service, John attend Ferris State University, earning a degree in Tool & Drafting Design.

John and his wife Kay (Beck) were married August 28th, 1971 at St. Jerome Church in Scottville. They were happily married for what would have been 42 years this August.

Work for John included working on the Ludington Pumped Storage Project, and being a Master Plumber and Steam Fitter for Local #154. Eventually he started his own tool & die shop – Hemmer Industries, Inc. He enjoyed 27 years of success before retiring in 2010.

Being a charitable man and willing to give his personal time, John was a member of the Knights of Columbus #1492, American Legion Post #76, Veterans of Foreign Wars #6842 , AmVets #1988, Fin and Feather Club of Mason County, Ludington Boat Club, as well as being a former Boy Scout Leader. John also served on other various boards that supported his family and community.

Surviving are: his wife Kay, Daughters: Pamela Hemmer, Heidi (Tim) McGovern, & Michelle Hemmer. Sons: John D. Hemmer (Amy Joy), & Justin Hemmer. Grandchildren include Tara Kay, Allison Dianne, Jillian Irene, and Mya Joy. Sisters: Barbara Zalis and Rebecca (Tom) Hathaway. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding John in death were his parents, grandparents and two nephews.

Services will be held Monday, July 1st at 11:00 a.m. at St. Simon Church in Ludington. Visitation will be one hour before the service and on Sunday, June 30th 4-6pm at Oak Grove Funeral Home. Burial will be held in Pere Marquette Cemetery at 2pm with the American Legion Honor Guard presenting Military Honors. Arrangements by Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Memorial contributions can be directed to Mason County Allied Veterans Association or Fin & Feather Club of Mason County for conservation projects.

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