Herbert D. “Herb” Hamilton, age 91, of 1915 24th Avenue South, passed away peacefully, Thursday afternoon June 10, 2010, at his home in Escanaba with his loving wife “Jennett” at his side.
Herb was born June 16, 1919, in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of Francis G. and Barbara A. (Dewey) Hamilton. Herb was raised in Ann Arbor and was a 1937 graduate of the Ann Arbor Senior High School. In September of 1937, Herb enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Michigan and received his Bachelor of Science degree in June of 1941. On October 11, 1941, Herb is fondly remembered for leaving a University of Michigan football game to join the love of his life and sweetheart, the former Ella Jennett Angell, in marriage, in Ann Arbor, MI.
Herb was employed at the Chrysler Corporation, in the automotive development program, where over the next 2 years he earned his Masters Degree in Engineering, from the Chrysler Institute of Engineering. In September of 1943, He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp. where he began his training, as an aviator cadet, in Arial Navigator training school. In November of 1943, Herb graduated and received his Aviator Wings and commissioned rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He then continued his enlistment, serving as a Navigator Instructor, at San Marcos, Texas for 15 months before transferring to Wright Field, in Dayton, OH as a 1st Lieutenant of Design and Development of Navigator Systems. Herb was honorably discharged in March of 1946, only to be recalled to duty, at Wright Field, in April of 1951 where he served until his discharge in January of 1953. Herb was employed as the Assistant Plant Engineer, at Allied Paper in Kalamazoo from 1946-1952, Design Engineer Supervisor at Riegle Paper, in New Jersey from 1952-1959, Research Engineer for Mead Paper Corp. in Chillecothe, Ohio from 1959-1969 and Managing Engineer at Mead Paper Corp. in Escanaba finally retiring in June of 1982.
Following retirement, Herb enjoyed fishing with his son and grandson, volunteering as a bus driver for the senior center, spending time with his grandchildren, traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles and home projects and having coffee each morning with friends. Herb was a member of the Management Club for Mead Paper, former president of the Bay de Noc Golden K Kiwanis and member of the Central United Methodist Church in Escanaba. He will be deeply missed.
In addition to his loving wife, “Jennett”, Herb is survived by:
Daughter: Holly Hamilton of Escanaba, MI
Son: Daniel (Denise) Hamilton of Westland, MI
Grandchildren: Elizabeth Witkofsky, Skylar Hamilton, Shayna and Jason Hamilton
Great Grandchildren: Tyson and Roman
Sister in law: Norma Angell of Ann Arbor, MI
Many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Barbara:
2 Brothers: Frank and Charles Hamilton
Sister: Barbara Barnes
3 Brothers in law: Donald, Douglas and David Angell
2 Sisters in law: Wilda Hamilton and Katherine Angell
The Hamilton family will receive friends on Tuesday June 15, 2010, from 11:00AM to 12:00PM, at the Central United Methodist Church. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Herbert D. “Herb” Hamilton will follow visitation, at 12:00PM, at the Central United Methodist Church, with Rev. Scott Harmon officiating. Luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall. Herb will be laid to rest in the Lakeview Cemetery in Escanaba.