James R. Gammon

Monday, March 7, 2022

We are saddened to announce the passing of Dr. James R. Gammon at the age of almost 92. James suffered a severe stroke on Feb. 15 as he was recovering from a partial hip replacement and performing rehabilitation at Mill Pond Health.  

Both a memorial service and celebration of life are planned in honor of Dr. Gammon. The memorial service for Dr. Gammon will be held Saturday, April 2 at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home, 602 E. Washington St., Greencastle, with visitation at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m.  

A “Celebration of Life” gathering is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, March 26 at the Putnam County Museum, 1105 N. Jackson St., Greencastle where friends can gather, visit and share their memories. 

James was born April 24, 1930 in Sparta, Wis., to parents Abner and Laverne Robertson Gammon.

Dr. Gammon was a long-time dedicated aquatic ecologist, spending his career at DePauw University teaching others and conducting research on water quality of important Midwest freshwater streams. The biological index that Dr. Gammon developed is still used by many public and private organizations to evaluate the health of aquatic systems.

James graduated with a Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin Whitewater in 1957, completing his Masters in Science and PhD from University of Wisconsin Madison in 1961.

James loved fishing, hunting, wood carving, bird watching and having coffee with friends.

James was predeceased by his brother David and beloved wife Sherry Sanders Gammon.

He is survived by his beloved sisters, Barbara Gammon LeVigne and Carol Gammon (Merlin); his children, Dave Gammon (Celia Chase), Cliff Gammon, Kathleen Gammon (Stephen Webster) and Bob Gammon; stepchildren Shannon Garner Rotvold (Greg) and Bradley Garner (Shannon); grandchildren Robert Gammon-Pitman, Carolyn Gammon Pitman, Madison, Mackenzie, Sami, Jakob, Molly and Meredith.