Charles LeRoy Hamaker


January 27, 1921 - September 21, 2009




Charles LeRoy Hamaker was born January 27, 1921, in rural Spencer to Clinton and Marie (Mann) Hamaker. He graduated from Spencer High School in 1939. On September 17, 1944, he married Esther Marie Lepke at Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. They farmed southeast of Spencer, SD until 1986. After he retired from farming, Charles worked at Golden Living Center at Salem, SD. He and Esther then moved to Wesley Acres Retirement Complex in Mitchell, where they served as assistant managers for five years. He worked for County Fair Food Market in Mitchell for over twenty years. He was currently a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell.

While in Spencer, Charles was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served many years on the Spencer School Board.

He is survived by five children: Sharon Rehorst of Mitchell, Beverly (Randy) Hummel of Minneapolis, MN, Doug (Judy) Hamaker of Mitchell, Rebecca (Les) Hanson of  Eagan, MN and Delvin Hamaker of Minneapolis, MN. Also mourning his death are ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Carstens of Columbus, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Esther in April of 2007; his parents; one brother Clarence; four sisters: Cecile Briggs, Mildred Bohlin, Hazel Hinkel, Marjorie Assmus, and one son-in-law, Paul Rehorst.



Friday, September 25, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, September 25, 2009
10:30 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Betty (Steilen) Andereson on September 27, 2009
I am sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathies.
Posted by Sara Neese on September 23, 2009
Sharon, Bev, Doug, Becky & Delvin - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I have such fond memories of Uncle Charles and the time we spent with him, Aunt Esther and all of you as we were growing up. He had such spunk and a love for life! I wish we could be there to help you celebrate his wonderful life. But, please know I am with you in spirit.

Love always,

Sara Neese
Posted by donnie schoepf and delma schoepf matkins on September 23, 2009
thoughts are with you all.
Posted by Ron & Doris Bender on September 23, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of sorrow. May God's love and peace be with you in the days ahead.
Posted by Jack Sweeley on September 23, 2009
My prayers & thoughts are with your family during this time of loss.
Posted by Connie Heisinger-Somerville on September 23, 2009
Sharon and family, my prayers are with you and your family

Connie Somerville
1408 S. Willow Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
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