Services for Swede Hamilton, 87, of Lucas will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Pierschbacher Funeral Home, 914 Roland Ave., in Chariton. Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to ALS Association or Lacona American Legion Post No. 0426.
Herbert “Swede” Ivyl Hamilton was born March 16, 1931, to Clarence and Elsie (Doherty) Hamilton in Lucas. Swede was one of eight children born to the couple. He graduated from Liberty Center High School in 1948.
On Dec. 12, 1949, Swede entered into active service with the United States Army. He served in the Korean War in the 1st Cavalry Division and received several service medals including the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal with three bronze service stars and Army Occupation Medal (Japan). Swede was honorably discharged on Feb. 14, 1953.
On Oct. 24, 1953, Swede was united in marriage to Shirley Mateer in Creston. The couple was blessed with six children, Rick, Donnie, Kayla, Cheryl, Vickie and CJ. Swede was a hard worker all of his life. He supported his family by working in construction, as a driver for Ruan, working for Keith Kent, working for Kent Ruble and working at Jimmy Dean for 21 years. Swede’s last big job was at the age of 83, when he helped build Kent Ruble’s lake.
Swede loved spending time outdoors in nature. Fishing was always a big passion of his. He also enjoyed feeding the eagles and deer in the area. At one time, he was feeding 21 eagles. Swede volunteered weekly at Pin Oak Marsh and enjoyed that time immensely.
Above all else, Swede loved spending time with his family. His wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and dog Killer brought him great joy.
Swede passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. He is survived by his wife Shirley; children, Rick (Sharon) Hamilton, Donnie (Ann) Hamilton, Kayla (Elmer) Kolnes, Vickie (Bob) Hale and CJ (Linda) Hamilton; 28 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lorna Wright, Alberta Ruble and Benny (Sarah) Hamilton; and many relatives and friends.
Swede was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Elsie Hamilton; daughter Cheryl Hamilton-Kurimski and siblings, Leo Hamilton, Lila Schaefer, Jerry Hamilton and Karl Hamilton.