Robert Charles Hammitt (Bob)
1941, 2754, Interior, (Badlands), NP-3
Robert Hammitt, 92, of Alcester passed away peacefully at his home on February 24, 2017. He was surrounded by his children, some grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A time of reflections will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 1PM -2 PM at the Alcester Baptist Church with the funeral service to begin at 2 PM.
Robert (Bob) was born on May 26, 1924 to Charles (Chick) and Minnie Hammitt. He attended Alcester School system through the 9th grade. Bob married Grace Jamtgaard on May 28, 1949. To this union were born Naomi (Haraldson), David, Patricia (Jurrens), and Scott.
Bob started driving truck at the age of 14 in the Alcester area. At age 15, he signed up to work for the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Camps around Interior, SD. At age 16, he worked for a printing press in Minneapolis, MN. At age 17, he drove his first semi-tractor and trailer. At age 18, he enlisted in the US Army, attended basic training at Ft. Sill, OK, and within 6 months was shipped to England, training to invade France to fight against the Germany army under Hitler’s command. He was called to be a replacement for the 111th Field Artillery Battalion of the 29th Infantry Division. His unit was the second wave of soldiers to attack Normandy Beach on June 6th, 1944.
After his 2 years and 8 months in the Army, he was honorably discharged and returned home to Alcester where he met Grace, his future wife, while shopping in downtown Alcester. There, they made a life together raising their children while maintaining a trucking business following by a farming operation.
Bob's hobbies and joys in life, besides his family, were fishing, camping, music, playing marbles and operating his caterpillar building terraces.
Those preceding him in death were his wife, Grace, his parents, Chick and Minnie Hammitt, his sisters Anna Mae Repp, Doris Graves, Greta Streblow, and his brother Donald, and son Scott.
Among those who survive and gratefully shared his life are Naomi (Comet Haraldson) of Sioux Falls, SD, David (Jill) Hammitt of Owatonna MN, Pat (Dale Jurrens) of Alcester, SD, and sister Connie (Don) Vetos of Yuma, AZ, as well as 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, his beloved Yorkie, Dolly, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
The Hammitt family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you for the kindness & visits from friends and family, with special thanks to Donowan, Dan & Sherry, and Pastor Scott, who finally braved learning to play a three dice form of Aggravation with Dad.
Memorial services 2PM Monday, February 27, 2017 at Alcester Baptist Church.
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