William J. ‘Bull’ Dymond

ISHPEMING TWP., MI – William J. “Bull” Dymond, age 100 longtime National Mine resident passed away Tuesday November 6, 2018 at The Lighthouse at Ishpeming Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Bill was born March 16, 1918 in National Mine to William and Jessie (Brown) Dymond, he was the 6th of 13 children.

Bill worked for a lumber company for 2 years, then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 during World War II. He went to Australia, fought in New Guinea in the jungles, then to the Philippines and to Japan where he didn’t fight but went to clean up all the weapons and airplanes. While in Japan he got is tonsils out.

In 1946 he came home to the UP. He worked in the Blueberry Mine and the Morris Mine. In the Spring of 1946 he met Lempi (Harmala) Nelson and they got married. Grandpa had malaria, so the doctors told him he had to quit working in the mines due to the damp conditions.

From the mines Grandpa started hauling wood. He worked for himself and had seven cutters working for him. While hauling Grandpa also started driving bus in 1955, and he stayed doing that for about 10-12 years. He found he wasn’t making much money, so he went back to hauling wood and went to work for Holli in 1974. Grandpa ended up with arthritis and couldn’t get up into the machinery, so he ended up selling his truck.

Throughout Grandpa’s life he would cut wood and sell it and later just cutting it for himself. Even at the age of 91 he would be on his roof cleaning the stove pipes. Howard Wood gave Bill the nick-name “shot gun” because he would be always walking around with the gun.

Bill loved hunting, fishing and spending time in the woods.

Bill is survived by granddaughters Carol (Nelson) Palmer, Debbie Clement, Lynn Burton and Barbie and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lempi, grandsons Ed and Danny Nelson, sisters and brothers: Florence Lawrence, Annie Flack, Jesse Ellis, Violet Cote, Margaret Emanuelson, Maude Trudell, Pearl Balzarini, Luella Greet, Dorothy Maki, Adeline Coty Roy Dymond and Ken Dymond and an infant sister, step sons Vernon, Harold, Paul, and Everett Nelson

Honoring Bill’s wishes there will be no public services.

Bill’s obituary may be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.