Bill E Hammock

August 21, 1929August 29, 2019

Bill passed peacefully eight days after his 90th birthday. He was born in Springfield, Missouri and grew up in Eugene, OR. Following graduation from Eugene High School, he began his career and married his high school sweetheart, Doris. While raising their 4 boys, he started his own insurance adjusting company in Albany, OR and later branched to Corvallis, OR. In the early 70’s he partnered and acquired the firm Giesy, Grear & Gunn, Inc. in Portland, OR. He was also proud to serve terms as both Vice President and later President of the National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters. Bill was an avid Oregon Duck fan, fly fisherman, and a lover of the great outdoors. Known by many for his sense of humor and a kind heart. He often shared his gift of singing and playing guitar for generations of both family and friends. In his later years, he no longer played guitar, but he did sing his favorite songs almost right to the very end. Bill is survived by his wife of 22 years, Ethelmae, his sons Jeff, Mark, and Randy, 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his wife Doris; eldest son, Tom; and granddaughter Casey. A small service will be held Sept. 7 at 1pm at Finley Sunset Hills Mortuary 6801 SW Sunset Hwy, Portland, OR 97225 with a reception to follow services. In lieu of flowers, his memory can be honored with donations to The Humane Society, or Signature Hospice, 7632 SW Durham Rd. Suite 130, Tigard, OR 97224.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, September 7, 2019


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Mark Parker

September 6, 2019

September 4, 2019

I was lucky enough to be hired by him (after being courted by Jim Ronning) and thoroughly enjoying the many year with him and others at Giesy Greer and Gunn. Many fond memories and private lunches with him at the elks. I am please I could always make him laugh.

He liked the BLondie cartoon I cut out and put on his desk which showed Mr Dithers (labled by me as BIll H) bemoaning and worrying about how bad the business was doing - and Dagwood (labeled Mark) saying it could be worse. When Mr. Dithers asked how, Dagwood responded- "well it could be my business!"

Thanks for being a good part of my life

Mark Parker, Milwaukie, OR

Tom Moss

September 5, 2019

Sincere condolences to Bill's family in this time of loss. He was a friend of my father's and then to me when I joined the NAIIA in the early '80's. Bill was always happy and eager to help members of our association. I remember convention spotlights and a great deal of laughter and bonding when Bill led our group of U.S. independent adjusters. He will be remembered heartily.

Peter Crosa

September 5, 2019

Bill is remembered fondly as a past president of the National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters.
Rest in Peace old friend.
Peter J. Crosa
Past President 2016-2017

Edward Dunn

September 3, 2019

Bill was a friend of mine for many years. I used his adjusting services at times when I was with U.S.F.& G Ins Co. I saw him at Adjusting Casualty meeting's and golf tournaments,. and we shared a drink or two. Bill attended my retirement party in 1992. A "Good" guy, my deepest sympathy to his Wife & Family/

Bruce DeBolt

September 2, 2019

We have so many wonderful memories of spending time with you and Ethelmae. You welcomed our children on their first plane ride to Oregon from Indiana. You and Ethelmae were so fun we kept visiting you as you moved from Manzanita to Henderson to Redding!! Always good stories and jokes and friendship. Thanks for the memories!! We will miss you. Ethelmae we will keep in touch. Love Bruce and Pam DeBolt

Diana Retton

August 31, 2019

I have fond memories of visiting my uncle Bill, Aunt Doris and cousins growing up. Going up to the mountains to cut a fresh Christmas tree and wonderful meals. Meeting at our grandparents too! Although we grew apart over the years I still feel the warm memories of our time together! You will surely be missed Uncle Bill by all. Until we meet again, love, your niece Diana Retton