Merrill Everett "Mike" Hammer

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Obituary

MERRILL EVERETT HAMMER
November 25, 1934 ~ March 26, 2011

Merrill Everett (AKA, Mike or Hamm) Hammer of Vancouver, WA, passed away on March 26, 2011 at the age of 76. He was born on Nov. 25, 1934 in Nevis, MN to Lewis and Florence Hammer.
Merrill and family moved out to Vancouver in 1947 where he attended Shumway Junior High and graduated from Vancouver High School in 1952.
Mike joined the U.S. Army in December 1952, receiving an Honorable Discharge in December 1955.
On August 6, 1955 he married Ruth Williams.
Merrill's work led him to Portland and surrounding area, Battle Ground, WA, then Maple Valley, WA.
Upon his retirement in 2003, he and Ruth returned to Vancouver after 15 years in Auburn, WA.
Merrill was a member of the American Legion Post #14, First Congregational United Church of Christ since 1959, the Buzzin' Bees Square Dance Club, a season-ticket holder for the Portland Trailblazers for their first 20 years, and loved playing Pinnacle and Cribbage, and playing "at" golf for as long as he was able. He was proud to be an organ donor.
Merrill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth; daughters, Kathryn (Thomas) Scibilia, Jean (Guy) Bertness and Karen (Steve) Preece; grandson, Shane (Amanda) Suzuki; granddaughter, Jessie (T. Shane) Vigil; grandson, Nicholas (Vanessa) Hess; great-granddaughters, Annabelle (6) and Charlotte (1) Suzuki; and great-grandson, Orion (10 months) Vigil; and his beloved cat, Sammee. He is also survived by his brothers, Charles (Pearl) Hammer and L. Dale (Suzi) Hammer; sister, Carol (John) Shaffer; numerous nieces and nephews; and his many other loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by both parents; and brother, Donald.
A memorial service will be held Thurs., April 7, 2011, 1:00 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC at 1220 NE 68th St., Vancouver, WA.
If you so wish, donations may be sent to CDM Adult Day Services at 2409 Broadway, Vancouver, WA 98663 or to the First Congregational UCC at 1220 NE 68th St., Vancouver, WA 98665.
Please sign Merrill's guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Apr. 3, 2011
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