HAMILTON, Gerald Watson, 89, of Atria Evergreen Woods, (Spring Hill), Fla., passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2013, at the Hernando Pasco Hospice Care Center, Brooksville. Gerald was born in Chicago, Ill. Dec. 29, 1923, living most of his young life in Akron, Ohio. He attended Northwestern University
in Evanston, Ill. and in 1943 enlisted in the U.S. Army
serving in the 100th division Infantry during W.W.II, and receiving a Bronze Star
, Combat Infantryman Badge and Purple Heart
. In 2011 he was also appointed "Chevalier" of the French Legion of Honor for special service during the war. After discharge he was united in marriage to Marian L. Bartz on June 1, 1946. He continued his studies at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest Ill., earning a Bachelor's Degree in chemistry and physics. He did graduate work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y., where daughters Kathleen and Linda were born. He spent his working career in the paper industry with companies in New York, Massachusetts, Canada, Wisconsin and Texas, retiring in 1983 from Shawano Paper Company , Shawano, WI. He taught Sunday School for 15 years, served on several church boards, served on the Fox Valley Scout Board, and was a member of Civil Air Patrol in Shawano, WI. He was an active member of many churches in the various communities he lived, most recently Nativity Lutheran Church, Weeki Wachee, Fla. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed boating, woodworking, radio control airplane flying and building. He was a member of Radio Control clubs and a member of Shrine Masonic Lodges in both Wis. and Fla. Traveling to over 60 countries with his wife was a great joy. In 2011 he went to Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight for W.W.II veterans. The last 2 years of his life he lived at Atria Evergreen Woods where he enjoyed playing bridge, and the companionship of many of its' residents and staff. He is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Marian; and survived by his two daughters, Kathleen Kallenbach (and James), Linda French (and David); four granddaughters, Elisha Price (and D.J), Lisa Kallenbach , Jamie Mirkovic (and Kostja), Jaclyn Wilmot (and Aaron), six great-granddaughters, Jazzmyn and Mckayla Price, Lauren and Brooke Gaertig, Zionna and Yeniah Wilmot. A memorial celebration will be held in his honor on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Nativity Lutheran Church, Weeki Wachee, Fla.; the Reverend Kristin Wee will officiate. His ashes and those of his loving wife will be dispersed in Washington Lake, Shawano, Wis. No flowers are requested. Memorials may be made to Nativity Lutheran Church.