Charles Richard Hammer

Charles Richard Hammer, 77, of Burgoon, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, after his courageous battle with cancer.

Richard was born Oct. 10, 1935, in Helena, to Charles and Mary (Kimmet) Hammer. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Millersville. He met the love of his life, Shirley Ann Schreiner, and married her Nov. 16, 1957. They were married 55 wonderful years and lived in Burgoon.

Richard was in the National Guard and continued his years as a lifelong farmer. He had a great love of the land and animals. He also had knowledge of technology as he built his first computer. He was always ready to lend a hand as a carpenter and willing to help any neighbor.

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, who was continuously by his side. He is also survived by his five children, their spouses and grandchildren; son, Jeff (Ling) and their three children, Charlie, Jamie and Fuyao, son, Kenny (Betty) and their three children, Lucas, Cori and Dan, all of Helena, daughter, Patti Kreilick and her two children, Kurtis and Karri, all of Gibsonburg, son, Don (Deb) and their daughter, Haley, all of Bettsville, and daughter, Kim (Kevin) Mowry and their daughter, Kyla, all of Delaware; his brother, Tom (Kim) of Texas and their two children, Tracy (Eric) and Troy (Melisa) and their families; and many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Danny; and three infant siblings.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Herman-Kinn-Veh Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 319 W. Madison St., Gibsonburg, (419) 637-2026, with a wake service at 3:30 p.m.

His funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Millersville. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Millersville with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, St. Mary’s Catholic Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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