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HAMAKER William R. Hamaker, 92 of Jacksonville, Florida passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013, surrounded by his family including his devoted wife of 69 years, Doris Jean Hamaker, a brother John Hamaker 94 of Laguna Nigal, California and by his four children: Holly Craven, Judy Henderson, Bonnie Tripoli (Greg) and Jeff Hamaker, as well as grandchildren Ben Tripoli, Ted Tripoli, Brianna Tripoli, Ivy Porpotage, Lacey Hartnett, Brent Craven (Kristy), Blair Craven (Nena), and Elizabeth Craven. He is also survived by his great grandsons Ryan and Daniel Hartnett, Brennan Craven, Gavin Fulton, and Jacob Craven. He was preceded in death by his son Gregory Hamaker. Mr. Hamaker had lived with Congestive Heart Disease and Alzheimer s disease for many years. Born in Mendon, Michigan in 1920, he had a remarkable career as a Naval Officer and Aviator, and recently told his family that he enjoyed a wonderful life in the Navy. Among his most memorable assignments were a NROTC teaching assignment at Purdue University, two duty assignments to Italy including the American Embassy in Rome and NATO in Naples, and attendance at the US Army War College. Also, he was aboard the USS Princeton when it was attacked and sunk in the battle of Leyte Gulf during WWII. After his retirement from the Navy in 1967, he moved his family to Jacksonville, Florida and extended his working life as a Stockbroker, Math Teacher, and School Administrator. Mr. Hamaker graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1944 with a degree in Naval Engineering. Along the way, he attended the U.S. Army War College and earned two Master Degrees, one from George Washington University in International Affairs and one in Education from University of North Florida. He was a good man, a wonderful Husband and Father. He made the world a better place. He will always be held closely in the hearts of his family. Internment will be at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 3, 2013
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