Gilbert D. "Cricket" Hamilton (1931 - 2011)

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INDEPENDENCE - Gilbert D. "Cricket" Hamilton, 79, of Independence, died on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence following a sudden illness.
He was born on Sept. 15, 1931, in Independence, the son of John "Burt" William and Ruth Mildred (Norton) Hamilton. He graduated from high school in Winthrop in 1948. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict. On Nov. 28, 1954, he and the former Eunice Eileen O'Brian were married at the First Methodist Church in Rowley. Mr. Hamilton farmed for 23 years and also worked in the maintenance department at the Mental Health Institute in Independence for 24 years. He retired in 1996.
Mr. Hamilton was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Independence, the Buchanan County Historical Society, Sheehan-Tidball American Legion Post 30 (past commander), and A.F.S.C.M.E. (past district vice president). He was a member of the first Buchanan County Extension Council and he was an Independence City Council person for eight years. He was also a former chairman of the M.H.I. Credit Union.
Mr. Hamilton enjoyed playing bridge, other card games and pool as a member of the Majestic Pool League; coin collecting, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and working word find puzzles. He also volunteered at the M.H.I. and received the Iowa Governor's Award for Volunteerism in 2008.
Mr. Hamilton is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eunice, three sons, Steven (Katy McKean) Hamilton of Sandy, Utah, Loren Hamilton of Independence, and Daniel (Barbara) Hamilton of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., three daughters, Julie Bitterman, Janine (Steve) Lorenz, and Susan (Terry) Toale, all of Independence, 13 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Everett Hamilton, Bernard Hamilton, and Fay Hamilton, and one sister, Lillian Postel.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Independence. Burial was in Wilson Cemetery in Independence.
White Funeral Home of Independence was in charge of the arrangements.

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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Aug. 10 to Sept. 10, 2011
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