William “Bill” R. Gann, 64, of Gleneden Beach, Ore., died of complications from leukemia on Sept. 28, 2012 at his home.
He was born March 21, 1948, to Marie and William A. Gann in Washington, D.C., spending his growing up years in Clinton, Md.
After a stint in the U.S. Navy, he traveled west, finding his way to California and settling for most of his adult life in the Grass Valley area where he worked and retired from the Nevada Irrigation District. After his retirement in 2009, Bill and his wife moved to their much-loved home in Gleneden Beach on the Oregon coast.
Bill loved fishing and playing music on his guitar and mandolin. Wherever he was, he was always able to find like-minded friends and family members to share in his enjoyments. He was a true wit and kept those around him in laughs and smiles - even through his last days.
He was preceded in death by his father, William A. Gann.
He is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Melissa Cochran Gann of Gleneden Beach, Ore.; son and step-children, Seth Miner-Gann, Paul Hopper, and Sandra Nickens, all of Grass Valley, Calif.; mother, Marie Gann of Charleston, S.C.; sisters, Patricia (Russell) Barkley of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Mary (Jimmy) Corder of Charleston, S.C.; brothers, James (Tomo) Gann of Japan, John (Eileen) Gann of Mountain View, Calif., and Robert (Sue) Gann of Wake Forest, N.C.; granddaughters, Natasha Nickens of Auburn, Calif. and Grace Hage of Vale, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family has honored Bill’s passing privately.
Pacific View Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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