Obituary

William A. LeMire III

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died December 21st, 2017

Dr. William A. LeMire III, 81, beloved husband of Nancy, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Christian Park in Escanaba.

Dr. Bill was born on May 6, 1936 in Escanaba to William and Margaret (Halligan) LeMire. He graduated from Escanaba High School in 1954. He attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1958. He attended medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago where he graduated in 1962. Dr. Bill married Nancy (Fenlon) LeMire on June 9, 1962 at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Chicago, IL. They resided in Chicago where he did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 1966, he joined the United States Army as a Captain and practiced obstetrics and gynecology at Irwin Army Hospital in Fort Riley, Kansas from 1966-1968. In 1968, he moved back to Escanaba where he began his medical practice at Doctor’s Park. From 1968-1979, Dr. Bill was the only board certified OB/GYN in Delta County. As such, he had the privilege of caring day and night for patients who lived throughout Delta County.

Dr. Bill had a diversified career. He was instrumental in establishing the Upper Peninsula’s Medical Education Program for Michigan State University. He served as an Associate Professor in that program from 1974-1989. Dr. Bill became involved with Michigan Peer Review and Quality Assurance as an officer in the Professional Standards Review (PRSO) Organization. He was a Charter Member of the Michigan Professional Review Organization which reviewed Medicare treatment charts for the Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Michigan. He has been a Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN since 1969. He was past President of the Delta County Medical Society, Past Chief of Staff at St. Francis Hospital and past Chief of all OB/GYN care at St. Francis.

In July 1985, Dr. Bill was recognized for his outstanding service and commitment to The Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation. In 1995, he founded the Welcome Newborns program to address the need to increase immunization rates for newborns. The program– which continues to this day –significantly increased the immunization rates for newborn babies throughout Delta County. In 1997, Dr. Bill was honored by Michigan’s then Governor John Engler for the innovation and success of the Welcome Newborns program. Dr. Bill’s model for the program has been replicated in other counties and states around the country.

In 2009, Dr. Bill and his wife Nancy were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Delta County Community Foundation. Dr. Bill was a Past Chair of both the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula and of Delta County. He also served on the Bay College Foundation Board. From 1992-2011 Dr. Bill was the manager of his beloved Escanaba Cubs American Legion Baseball team. He initiated and funded the efforts to install lights at the Al Ness Field which launched nighttime Legion baseball in Escanaba for the first time in history. He was a life-long member of the Escanaba Country Club, and a lifetime member of the Elks Club #354.

Dr. Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy, and their six children, William (Liz), Laura, Anne (Brian) Franks, Joseph (Becky), Patrick (Pam), Jimmy (Rebecca), 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Also surviving him are his sister, Mary Margo LeMire of Escanaba and his brother Tim LeMire of Winfield, IL. Dr. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Dr. William A LeMire II and Margaret as well as his brother Dr. John R. LeMire.

Dr. Bill was devoted to his family and to his community. He gave back to his community in countless ways including the delivery of over 5000 babies to Delta County. He leaves an extraordinary legacy to the community and family he loved. He will be dearly missed. Requiescat in pace.

Visitation will be from 1-4:30 p.m. on December 28, 2017 at Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Holy Mass of Christian burial will follow at 5 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Delta County Community Foundation.

The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to the entire staff at Christian Park Health Care Center for the loving care they gave to Dr. Bill over the last 3 months.

7 Tributes to “William A. LeMire III”

  1. Dear Nancy and Family, I was saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. I have fond memories of good conversations at the kitchen table, and I treasure the time Bill and I had together one evening when he was in Indianapolis. Bill has left quite a legacy and will be greatly missed by all of us. Love, Marcia

  2. Nancy & family, please accept my condolences on passing of Doc III. He was a friend & helped me in numerous ways. I will miss his humor etc.

  3. My sincere condolences to Nancy and family.
    Bill and I grew-up in Escanaba at the same time and played a lot of golf at the Country club together with his brother John. I always enjoyed their presents. They will be missed but never forgotten.

  4. I miss you already…..please give my love to Nancy… Nancy Smith

  5. LeMire Family,

    Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember Dr. Bill.

    Brian & Ann Barrett

  6. I have always wanted to touch with The LeMire Family ever since I started genealogy in 1990. I knew Mary LeMire-Williams, whose Dad was a Lawyer, she’s been a friend since I was 5 years old. I had written each Doctor for information on their families, but no response. Years passed, and in 2017 I became a Senior Companion. I was placed at Christian Park Center on Fridays. But one Tuesday at a Meeting there, I saw someone who looked like Bill LeMire III. I went in and introduced myself. With our first conversation, I realized just how kind this man was. He said he wondered who this Bud Lemire was, as people were mentioning my name. I stopped in and would take 15 minutes or more to visit with him each Friday. It always ended with a handshake. I brought him some papers and poems on our LeMire families. I even got a picture taken with him. One day I was sure someone wheeled him back in, but I had to make sure. I found his room and stopped in to see him. All he wanted was to go home. The last visit I had with him (Friday Dec 15), he was tired and in pain. The Nurse tried to comfort him, but could only do so much. He had shaken my hand when I entered, and had closed his eyes as he dealt with the pain he was feeling. He kind of opened one eye, and I told him I was going to visit someone else. He shook my hand and I left. On Friday December 22nd I looked in all the Hallways to see where he was. I finally asked where Bill was. The Nurse looked at me and said, “I’m sorry to say, he passed away.” I kept looking at her, thinking. She probably thought I was going to cry. I was just surprised. I responded with a Thank You to her. I sat down and thought about this wonderful man I was honored to meet. I had a glimpse into who he was and what made him so well liked. All he wanted to do was to go home. Although, he probably was thinking more on the lines of his Earthly Home. He is now in his Heavenly Home. And he is with his Family who is there, having a Merry Christmas. Thank you Bill! A friend and distant Cousin, ~Bud~

  7. I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. LeMire and his wonderful family while growing up. He delivered my two younger sisters and always took interest in us. I am fortunate to have a life long friendship with his son Bill and will always have fond memories of the LeMire family. Prayers and condolences from the Tolfa family….

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