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Remembering Gregg L. Gammack

A Tribute Letter from a Classmate for Gregg L. Gammack.After word of the tragic death of Gregg Gammack, more has been learned about this extraordinary man who chose to live in Adair County. He was a decorated war hero. He was a pilot. He had many homes around the country and he was home anywhere he was. He was an outstanding athlete. The following tribute comes a high school teammate in Ames, IA.
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By Ron Johnson
High School Classmate of Gregg Gammack, Ames, Iowa

I first met Gregg in 7th grade. My first impression was very good about Gregg. He was very friendly with a great smile. Everyone seemed to like Gregg and everyone seemed to enjoy being around him. He liked to joke around some and he was very energetic and active.

He loved sports and he was an excellent athlete in most sports. He excelled in football as a running back.

Weightlifting made him very strong

After he got into weight lifting at an early age, probably in the 8th or 9th grade, he became very strong. This made him a very hard running back to bring down. I know personally because in 9th grade during a scrimmage game I had to play against him on the defensive team. Rarely could one person tackle him when he got a full head of steam up.

I loved competing against him in track. We had great many races against each other. In weight lifting there wasn't any competition for Gregg, all through high school he was a standout in our weight lifting room. I lifted with him many hours and he was a great inspiration to many of us who enjoyed weight training.

Gregg loved cars, mostly older ones

Gregg loved cars, mostly older cars. He had a 1940 Ford Coupe that many of us admired and the neatest car I remember him having was a 1927 Ford T Roadster. Gregg put a Chevy V8 engine in it and it was very fast. Ames, IA, had a small drag strip and we spent many hours racing there.

He was good student

Gregg was a good student also and got very good grades in school. He was a very good looking guy and of course had no trouble getting nice looking girlfriends. He was a all around great guy, whom everyone enjoyed being with. It didn't seem to matter if you were a close friend or not Gregg would always speak to you or make time to visit with you.

Gregg was also a stand out during his military career in the U.S. Marines. I also dreamed as a youngster of someday becoming a U. S. Marine. I could not be in the military because I had severe asthma conditions. I did have 2 sons who became U. S. Marines and they did it because they knew my love for the Marine Corps. Guess what. I named my first born son Gregg. Gregg Johnson became a Marine.

Meeting with Gregg at Corvette Museum was last time old friends would see each other

I tried to keep in touch with Gregg Gammack over the many years since high school. Our last time together was October, 2009 in Bowling Green, KY. I was in the area and Gregg met me there to tour the National Corvette Museum together.

Leaving the museum, he took me to eat lunch and we had a very nice time visiting at the restaurant that day. What a blessing that day in Bowling Green, KY was, not knowing that would be the last time I would be with Gregg Gammack.

Gregg was a great friend to me and countless others. I thank God for friends we have in our lives and especially for special friends like Gregg who have touched our lives in many ways.

I pray for Patsy his wife, his sons, his brothers, relatives and his many, many friends and classmates from our class of 1959 at Ames High School, Ames, IA.

God Bless the memory of Gregg L Gammack.

Very Sincerely,
Classmate Ron C. Johnson
Ames, IA

This story was posted on 2010-09-23 06:24:13
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