Dennis Lee Hamilton, son of the late George Lloyd and Verona Helen (Lindell) Hamilton, was born on July 12, 1940 in Omaha, Nebraska, and departed this life surrounded by his family on the early morning of February 14, 2012 at his residence in Mtn. Grove, Missouri. He was 71 years, seven months and two days of age.
Dennis grew up and attended school and college in Kansas City, Missouri. He served his country in the United States Army and Army Reserves from 1958 to 1962 in the 82nd Airborne Division.
He was united in marriage to Judie Wilmot in 1960. This union was blessed with three sons, Steve, Mike and Matt, and one daughter, Kathy.
Dennis served in various sales positions in Kansas City, Missouri, for a while.
In 1972, the family moved to Cole Camp, Missouri, where he began dairy farming and later raising turkeys and hogs. He then went to work for Howard’s Construction Company in Sedalia, Missouri, as a foreman for a paving crew.
On September 14, 1991, he married Patsy Coffman. She brought three children to this union. After marrying Patsy, Dennis became a part of the Coffman family. He commented on how he greatly appreciated them accepting him into their family.
Dennis and Pasty worked for Holiday Retirement Company, managing an independent retirement facility. The company allowed them to travel to several destinations over the years. In 2009, they retired and moved to Mtn. Grove.
His stepdaughter, Kim, introduced Dennis to Rev. Bill and Karla Morris of Calvary Temple Church. Dennis believed that this couple, along with his stepdaughters, Kim and Brenda, was a real inspiration in his life. Through them, he found the Lord. He stated that the Lord was good to him and answered every prayer that he asked.
At the time of his passing, Dennis was attending Calvary Temple Church near Mtn. Grove. He greatly enjoyed the services and visiting with his many friends each week.
Dennis was a wonderful and caring husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Hamilton, and two sisters, Shirley Duerr and Donna Mack.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patsy Hamilton of their home in Mtn. Grove; three sons, Steve Hamilton of Jefferson City, Missouri, Mike Hamilton and wife Denise of Centralia, Missouri, and Matt Hamilton and wife Isabel of Vienna, Missouri; his daughter, Kathy Oelrichs and husband Tom of Mora, Missouri; one stepson, Ronnie Wade Jr., and wife Jackie of Anderson, Indiana; two stepdaughters, Kim Russell of Mtn. Grove and Brenda Freeman and husband Mark of Cabool, Missouri; his mother-in-law, Carrie Coffman of Mtn. Grove; three brothers-in-law, Dean Coffman and Jean Coffman, both of Mtn. Grove, and Larry Coffman of Hartville, Missouri; four sisters-in-law: Mable Tetrick of Mtn. Grove, Dottie Perryman of Raymondville, Missouri, Donna Carlson of Mtn. Grove and Darlene Bradshaw of Norwood, Missouri; 19 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Bill Morris officiating. Janean Miller served as singer. Music selections were “Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone,” “I Can Only Imagine,” and “Wish You Were Here.” A video tribute was also played during the service. Pallbearers were Allen Oelrichs, Joshua Freeman, Levi Freeman, Brody McGowan, Chance McGowan, and Patrick Wade. Burial was in Rock Springs Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.