Robert Hammer

Obituary of Robert Charley Hammer

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Robert Charley Hammer was born in Sylvania, Ohio on September 1, 1970. He was one of two children born from the union of Robert Clyde Hammer and Barbara Lucille (Denniss) Hammer. Chip, as he became commonly known, graduated from Ida High School with the class of 1988.  He then obtained his associate degree from Monroe County Community College. Chip was gainfully employed as a journeyman electrician and spent his entire career as a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 8 out of Toledo.

At a young age, Chip was ingrained with a deep love for the outdoors. As he got older, his love translated into numerous trips spent hunting with his father—who was also his best friend—and his cousin, Mike. Beyond the hunt, Chip and his wife: Carrie found tranquility bass fishing on the lake, absorbing the quiet sounds of nature while enjoying each other’s company with their beagle, Brave.

Chip built a home in Johannesburg where he and Carrie planned to retire next year, intending to enjoy their golden years in the peaceful environs they cherished. A life-long sports enthusiast, Chip’s vigor for athletics was unmistakable as he was actively involved in playing on the softball and hockey teams for Local 8, and several other teams over the years. He was a diehard University of Michigan fan, with his loyalty particularly strong towards the football and hockey teams, never missing a chance to cheer for his heroes like Bo Schembechler and then Jim Harbaugh.

During summer, Chip’s competitive spirit flourished on the greens as he participated in at least two golf leagues, always striving to perfect his swing. His winters were spent rooting for the Detroit Red Wings, as hockey held a special place in his heart. Others enjoyed being around him. Whether he was at a hockey game, hunting or at work, Chip always had fun.

Robert Charley Hammer, age 53, of Temperance, passed away on Thursday; May 9, 2024. His passing was preceded by all four of his grandparents.

To cherish his memory, Chip leaves his beloved wife: Carrie Mitchell-Hammer; his parents: Robert and Barbara Hammer; a sister: Kelly Hammer; a nephew: Max Hartman; two nieces: Cassidy and Mia Farinacci; two cousins: Mike Merlat and Greg Hammer; and a two-year-old Beagle named Brave.

His care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, Dundee; 297 Tecumseh Street, Dundee, Michigan 48131 (734) 529-3156.  No public services are planned.  Cremation has taken place through Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan, a division of Merkle Enterprises, Inc.

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