Obituary: Kenneth Hammer, 78, formerly of Washington

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

WASHINGTON — Kenneth C. Hammer, 78, of Mt. Morris, Mich., formerly of Washington, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.

He was born Nov. 7, 1932, in Pekin to Orville and Evelyn Jolly Hammer. He married Lillian Lush in Las Vegas, Nev. Oct. 20, 1996. Lillian survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Kenneth P. (Denise) Hammer of Germantown Hills and Michael (Bev) Hammer of Fostoria, Ohio; three daughters, Mary K. Giersch-Stambaugh of Marietta, Okla. and Deanna L. (Rick) Diaz and Theresa (Mickey) Hunt both of Fostoria, Ohio; four step-children; one brother, Richard (Sandy) Hammer of Washington; 24 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Stacey Hammer; one brother, Edgar Hammer and his parents.

Ken was retired from Caterpillar where he had worked for more than 30 years in the East Peoria facilities as an electrician. Prior to working for Caterpillar he had worked for Western Electric.

He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post based in East Peoria.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington with the Rev. John Hauck officiating. Burial of ashes will follow in Glendale Cemetery in Washington. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the WRA (Washington Recreation Assn.) Girls Softball Program.