Elmer “Gene” Hamilton, 87 of Ancona passed away Monday morning (April 23rd) at OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac.
Visitation will be held Thursday form 4- 7 PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home, Streator. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Defenbaugh Cemetery with full military honors conducted by members of the Streator American Legion and VFW.
Serving as pallbearers will be Josh Foxhoven, James Carpenter, Marion Johnson, Gene McMullen, David Hamilton, Austin Cole and Rob Gass. Honorary will be Bill Berge, Curtis Elliott, Ryan Mueller, Herb and Harold Holz, Tom Kaminki, Butch Jacobs and Chris Cuchra.
Gene was born on December 13, 1930 in Pontiac to Elmer and Wilma Hamilton. He married Janice Walters on January 8, 1956. She survives.
Also surviving is a son Jeff (Paula) Hamilton of Streator, granddaughters Carleigh (Josh) Hamilton-Foxhoven and Whitney (James) Carpenter and a brother Dean (Mary) Hamilton of Pontiac.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents and a son Richard in infancy and step-mother Pearl Hamilton.
He attended Cornell Grade School and graduated from the Cornell High School in 1948. He served in the US Army station in Germany. Gene had retired from farming, raising cattle and trucking. He was a member of the Streator Elks Lodge 591 and ran the bowling alley for many years at the Elks. He also was the Livingston County 4-H grounds superintendent.
Memorials may be made to the Streator Elks Lodge 591 or the Livingston County 4-H AG Fair.