Kenneth “Ken” Lavere Hamilton

March 4, 1923 – March 13, 2014

Graveside services for Kenneth Lavere Hamilton were held March 17 at the La Verkin Cemetery in La Verkin, Utah. Ken, 91, suffered a heart attack and died March 13 at the Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah.

He was born March 4, 1923, in Davis City, Iowa, the son of Ernest and Sadie Henderson Hamilton. The family moved to Greybull when Ken was 5 years old. He received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School in 1941.

In 1941 he moved to San Diego, where he worked for Consolidated Aircraft Co.  He returned to Greybull a few years later. He married Grace Light; the couple had two children, Lavere Ernest and Nancy Rose.

Following their divorce in 1956, Ken returned to California where he worked for Douglas Aircraft Co. He married Ellen Faulkner Jan. 10, 1959. They moved back to Greybull where he was employed by the Town of Greybull and served as a volunteer for the fire department.

Because of the cold winters, the Hamiltons returned to California where he worked as a security officer for Hughes Aircraft Co. He worked for Hughes for 19 years and retired in 1985. The couple then moved to La Verkin.

Ken and Ellen joined the LDS Church and were sealed in the St. George Temple. Both he and Ellen did genealogy research and temple work for their ancestors. They enjoyed their callings in the LDS Church and Ken was pleased to become a High Priest. He also served on the Senior Citizens Advisory Board in Hurricane, the Council for Aging in St. George, and was a lifetime member of BPOE 1431 in Greybull.

Ken was the guiding light for his family, a blessing to all who knew him, and remained optimistic and cheerful to the end. He will be greatly missed.

His wife, his parents, one son, one daughter and a granddaughter preceded him in death.

He is survived by four children: Nancy Hamilton of Florida, Deedra (Boyd) McGaha, Patricia Gehring and Sharron Young, all of California; two sisters, Verla Kershner of Greybull, Verna Lou (Don) Brown of Grand Junction, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

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