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Howard Stanley Hamilton, 93, of Arbela died Sunday morning, August 3, 2014 at Scotland County Hospital.

He was born the son of Rhoda Sumner and Nira Delta (Guy) Hamilton on December 28, 1920 in Prosser, Washington.

Howard served in the United States Army from July 1, 1942 to October 14, 1945, serving in Africa and the European Theater — seeing action in Tunisia, Sicily, Naples, Rome, the Rhineland and Central Europe.   He received a Purple Heart, bronze service arrowhead along with a European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, five overseas service bars and a ribbon for not losing any time.

He worked as a telegrapher for the CB&Q railroad in Iowa and Missouri, then the Southern Pacific Railroad in California following the war.

Howard married the former Vera Ruth Day on April 23, 1949 at the Methodist Parsonage in Keokuk, Iowa.   She preceded him in death on August 3, 2011.

The Hamiltons settled on a farm in Arbela.  He raised cattle, sheep and crops.  Howard retired in 1993, but he remained on the farm.   He was a delegate on the MFA Oil Board for several years, was on the Board of Trustees for the Lawn Ridge Cemetery since 1968, and was a lifetime member of the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 in Memphis.   Howard helped organize the Memphis Recreation Center and Pool Hall in Memphis and served as president of the Lawn Ridge Cemetery Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two sisters – Hazel Irene Couch Barlow and Mildred Marguarette Moore.

He is survived by his children, Max Stanley Hamilton of Memphis, Debbie Goff and husband Scott of Memphis, and Curtis Guy Hamilton and wife Karen of Crystal Lake, IL; grandchildren, Abby Lane Goff of Memphis, Katherine Ann Hamilton and Nicholas Guy  Hamilton, both of Crystal Lake; several nieces, nephews and friends.

Gravesite memorial services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 9 at the Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Scotland County. Nate Frazee, pastor of the Scotland County Larger Parish of the United Methodist Church, officiated the service. Elaine Forrester performed Amazing Grace.    Military rites were performed by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.

Inurnment at Lawn Ridge followed the service.

Memorials are suggested to the Memphis Recreation Center and may be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences to the family of Howard Hamilton may be sent by signing the online guestbook at gerthfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.