Elton F. Hammond, Jr.

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“Dear Kathie & Family, Your father is indeed a well-respected man and an extraordinary hero! He lived life fully till the last second; though we...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Genie

“May the light of grace and compassion shine on you the way you shined and was compassionate to us all . Thank you for being in our lives. Cynthia...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Cynthia Strickland

“To Malou, Kathie, Paschal, Elton, I once again want to sent you my deepest condolences to you all. I only knew him for a short time but I grew to...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Cynthia Strickland - Seattle, WA, WA

“I met this gentlemen at several of the national conferences of Hostelling International, and he was always energetic and a delight to chat with. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Doug Markham - Houston, TX

“Malou - We were in town visiting Mike's mom when we read of your father's passing. Our sympathy to you and your family. I remember your family's...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Jane (Sterling) Strayer - IN

“Dear Kathy, Tom and I send our love and sympathy. We hope that you and your family can find comfort in knowing that your father lived life well and...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Tom & Virginia McKone - Berkeley, CA

“Mr Hammond is a hero, If only I could have a life like that. Going full steam until the last second. I salute you Elton! You are a role model to me. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Roy Hill - Houston, TX - none

“To Elton, Pat, Kathie & Malou, Condolences fo all but also fond memories of a unique individual and good fellow cyclist, who,although late to the...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Jonathan D Wright - Perrysburg, OH

“I was shocked and saddened to learn of Mr Hammonds passing. I knew he and his family through my association with the Road Runners club in Lima many...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Tom Croissant - Houston, TX

“Although spread out and away from all of you at this time, we send our deep condolences. Elton was an intrepid and energetic man ......Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: The Pranses Family - Hoboken, NJ

“This is for the entire family, but especially for Pat. My dad,Larry Johnson (90-94) and I met you and your dad at the Crowne Plaza the day before the...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Judy Riley - Albuquerque, NM


Elton F. Hammond, Jr., 86 of Lima, Ohio died on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in Houston, Texas

Born Friday, July 18, 1924 in the Philippines. He was the son of the late Elton Foster Hammond and Georgina Louise Leather Hammond. On September 23, 1946 he married Mary Katharine "Kitty" (Strong) Hammond ands she preceded him in death on March 31, 2002.

He was a Veteran of World War II. Mr. Hammond served his country loyally, was an inveterate volunteer in his community, and was a dedicated husband and father. An eagerness to help others characterized him as much as his love of outdoor adventure on his bicycle and designing and building model airplanes. He was a veteran of World War II and remained active in Army Reserves from which he retired as a Lt. Colonel after several decades of service. The son of a career army officer, he was born in the Philippines and lived at West Point, in Panama, and in numerous states before going to college, serving in the army during World War II, graduating from MIT and working as a mechanical engineer at Westinghouse in Philadelphia and Kansas City before he moved to Lima in 1959. He was dedicated to community service, from regular blood donations for 60 years (118 gallon) to serving on the vestry and as senior warden of Christ Church Episcopal, a dedicated volunteer in Tax Counseling for the Elderly, League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts, soap box derby. He was active in American Youth Hostels for over 40 years, he served as president and in numerous other capacities for the local council, the Lima Roadrunners, and on the national board of directors. He led bicycle trips throughout Ohio, around the country and to Europe, including riding the Tour of the Scioto River Valley 42 times (his goal was 50). He was competing in his fifth National Senior Games and had already won 3 medals in bicycle racing events in the past week; he died of injuries sustained while racing in a fourth event.

Surviving are two sons, Elton Foster Hammond, III of Bellevue, WA and Paschal "Pat" Strong (Sharon) Hammond of Ashland, WI, and two daughters, Sally Katharine "Kathie" Hammond of El Cerrito, CA and Mary Louise "Malou" (Wojciech Komorniki) Komornicka of Roseville, MN. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jolanta, Brian, Elton IV, Christina, Sean, Janelle, and three great-grandchildren Elton V, Everett and Callum, a Special Friend: Rachel Makley and a sister Diane Dexter (Peter, MD) Wick, Huntsville, AL. He was preceded in death by a sister Georgina Mathews-Lamb

A Memorial service will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home. Rev. Christine Schutz, officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, In lieu of flowers donations can be made to LIVESTRONG (Lance Armstrong Foundation).

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com

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