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Clarence G. "Bud" Hamilton, age 86, of Heritage Manor, where he resided since March of 2007, passed away peacefully at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Heritage Manor. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 19, 2012 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St. To celebrate Clarence's life friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 18, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Clarence was born on May 31, 1926 in Cuba City, WI, son of George and Eleanor (Auraden) Hamilton, a birthday he shared with his youngest daughter Jennifer.

Clarence served as a Seaman 1st Class in the Armed Guard in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific. He received the Victory Ribbon for the Philippine Liberation. Clarence married the mother of his 4 children, Ella Heacock on Christmas Day in 1948. On August 7, 1970 he married Lou May O'Reilly in Freeport, IL. Clarence worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 28 1/2 years until his retirement in 1988. Clarence was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral, U.A.W. Local 94, and the John Deere Retirees. He was also a retiree of the Dubuque Coast Guard Auxiliary. Bud was a handyman, carpenter, and Bulldog lover. He loved music, building birdhouses and the many beautiful stained glass projects he crafted over the years. Bud enjoyed playing cards and traveling across the country in their RV with Lou and his beloved Bulldog Sunshine I.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Lou May Hamilton, San Benito, TX,
his children; David Hamilton, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Judy) Hamilton, Powder Springs, GA,
Nancy Hamilton,
Jennifer Hamilton, both of Whitelaw, WI,
4 grandchildren, Michael, Lisa, Sylvia all of GA and David of Dubuque,
3 great-granddaughters, Hailey, Olivia, and Emma all of GA,
a brother-in-law, Earl Whittle, Prairie Du Chien, WI
his stepsons; Sean (Frances) O'Reilly, Rockwall, TX,
Brian O'Reilly, Dubuque, IA,
many nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his dog, Sunny III, who resides with his daughters, Nancy and Jennifer.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Ella in 2000, 2 sisters, Florence Steffan, in 2009, and Ruth Whittle, in 2010, a brother-in-law, Ralph Steffan, in 2010, a daughter-in-law, Bobbie O'Reilly and many aunts, uncles and relatives. He was also preceded in death by his 2 English Bulldogs Sunny I in 1998, Sunny II in 2004.

A Clarence G. Hamilton memorial fund has been established for the Dubuque Humane Society and the Veterans Freedom Center.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Leeson and his staff, the nurses and staff of Heritage Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for giving Dad dignity, honor and respect. Clarence was an easy-going nice man. His blue eyes, smile and "rooster call" will be missed.

Dad loved his family, and we will always cherish his special memories.