Kenneth A. Hammer(1948 - 2014)

Kenneth A. Hammer, 65, lost his courageous battle with cancer while surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Kenneth or, as everyone called him, "Kenny," was born Oct. 25, 1948, to Carlis and Donna Hammer.

Kenny grew up in Idaho Falls and loved his childhood and teenage years. Afterhigh school he enlisted in the United States Navy and traveled the world for four years.

On his return, he was reunited with Dawnece Nelson. Kenny and Dawnece were married and blessed with four wonderful children. He loved his children more than anything in the world. He and Dawnece were later divorced.

Kenny was happy raising his children. He started working for INL at the SMC Plant. The great people at SMC were more like a family than co-workers. Kenny loved playing darts and actually became one of the most respected dart players in the area.

In 1995, Ken met Leslee Cox and they were both just smitten with each other. They were married and blended his four children with hers. They made a wonderful family. Ken and Leslee worked hard and were able to retire and buy a winter home in St. George, Utah. They did get to spend one year in St. George before Ken was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

Ken is survived by his loving wife, Leslee; daughter, Teri (Tige) Wright of Idaho Falls; sons, Ryan (Jessica) Hammer and Brandon Hammer, both of Idaho Falls, and Robert Hammer of Australia; mother, Donna Hammer of Idaho Falls; brother, Steve (Misty) Hammer of Salt Lake City; sister, Shirley (Pete) Hedenstrom of Prineville, Ore.; stepson, Daniel (Kristine) Cox of Middleton, Idaho; stepdaughter, Laura (Lance) Linsenman; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Ken was preceded in death by his father, Carlis; his brother, Terry DeWayne; and his stepson, Brian Cox.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave. in Idaho Falls. The family will meet with friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Funeral Home

Wood Funeral Home
273 North Ridge Avenue Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 522-2751

Published in Post Register on Apr. 13, 2014