Robert Lewis Hamp, 85, of Ionia, passed away Oct. 30, 2013, in Grand Rapids.
He was born May 25, 1928, in Lake Odessa, the son of Charles and Ila (Shumway) Hamp.
Robert was a Korean Conflict
War Veteran, serving from Oct. 10, 1950, to July 11, 1952. He was a life member of the VFW
, Saranac American Legion, Ionia Moose Lodge and Ionia Elk Club #548, where he was an inner guard for many years and their chief cook at the chicken, fish and steak fry dinners. Robert was a race car fan, especially sprint cars, and he volunteered at Ionia Raceway and Crystal Raceway.
Robert married Joyce Scheid on May 9, 1953, at Ionia First Baptist Church and they celebrated 60 years of marriage. He retired from the Ionia County Road Commission in 1991 after 38 years and was the third of four generations to be employed there. Robert loved to play cards, especially Euchre here in Michigan and Florida, plus Hand and Foot with his sister in Florida.
Robert is survived by his wife, Joyce Hamp of Ionia; sons, Mike (Patricia) Hamp of Belding and Scott Hamp of Saranac; grandchildren, Heidi Hamp, Jason (Shannon) Hamp, Amy (Mark) Altman, Jennifer Hamp and Kelli Hamp; great-grandchildren, Keegan and Jakob Hamp and Trenton and Baylee Altman; sisters, Mildred Bopp of Lakeland, Fla., and Ruth Courtney of Clarksville; sister-in-law, Bernice Hamp of Lake Odessa; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Bernard and Alga Scheid; brothers, Roger and Donald Hamp; and brother-in-law, Gordon Scheid.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Lake Funeral Home in Ionia, with Pastor Becky Poor officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the funeral home. Interment will be at Easton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Robert's name to the Belding VFW or Saranac American Legion. Online condolences may be made at www.lakefuneralhomes.com.