William (Bill) R. Gann of Gleneden Beach, Ore., passed away at home on September 28, 2012, of complications from Leukemia. Bill was born on March 21, 1948, to Marie and William A. Gann in Washington, DC, spending his growing up years in Clinton, Md.
After a stint in the US 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.
Bill is lovingly survived by his wife of over 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.; and granddaughters, Natasha Nickens of Auburn, Calif., and Grace Hage of Vale, Ore. Also, his Mother, Marie Gann of Charleston, S.C.; sisters Patricia (Russell) Barkley of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Mary (Jimmy) Corder of Charleston, S.C.; and brothers James (Tomo) Gann of Japan, John (Eileen) Gann of Mtn. View, Calif., and Robert (Sue) Gann of Wake Forest, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, William A. Gann.
The family has honored Bill’s passing privately. Arrangements are being entrusted to Pacific View Memorial Funeral Home.