Lester A. "Les" Hamann, 91, of Sunset Home, formerly of 3320 State, died at 11:12 a.m. Wednesday (April 30, 2014) in Sunset Home.
Born April 11, 1923, in Quincy, Les was a son of Julius and Sadie Haroz Hamann. He married Doris Jean Kurfman on June 28, 1947, in East St. Louis. She survives.
Mr. Hamann proudly served his country as an Army medic during World War II
. He served in combat in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe and in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Hamann received the Purple Heart
and was awarded the Silver Star for heroism during the enemy bombing of a field hospital.
Mr. Hamann was employed at Gardner Denver for 34 years, retiring in 1985.
Mr. Hamann was a member of Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ, VFW
Post 5129, Machinists Local 822 and the Gardner Denver Quarter Century Club.
An avid fisherman and hunter, he also enjoyed bowling, golfing, pitching horseshoes, collecting coins and woodworking.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Doris Jean; a son, Dennis "Denny" Hamann (April Butler) of Quincy; three daughters, Wanda L. Hamann-Salsman of Quincy, Julie Clapper (Gary) of Payson, and Carla Daggett (Gary) of Quincy; three grandchildren, Teena Obert (Chuck), Tim Daggett (Brenda), Johnathan Hamann (Kia); seven stepgrandchildren, Dawn Whitcomb (Charles), Amy Veach (Jamie), Carrieann Hodge Cannady, Andrew Salsman (Trish), Kenny Salsman (Amanda), John Salsman II, and Junior Whitcomb (Meshella); eight great-grandchildren, Jerad Obert, Jacob Obert, Jennifer Obert, Alyssa Daggett, Ashley Daggett, Adler Hamann, Genevieve Hamann and Liviana Hamann; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren, Errick Salsman, Breanna Salsman, Gavin Salsman, Kaitlyn Salsman, Alesha Whitcomb, Maise Whitcomb, Jenna Meredith, James Meredith, Jessie Meredith, Hailey Mortimer, Carmen Gerard, Dylan Muldoon and Sawyer Veach; two great-great-grandchildren, Tyson Daggett and Lilly Anne Obert; a stepgreat-great-grandchild, Brayden Meredith; a sister-in-law, Mary A. Hamann of Quincy; a brother-in-law, Alvin Kurfman of Quincy; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hamann was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Danielle Hamann; a son-in-law, John Salsman; two brothers, Carl Hamann and Julius "J.J." Hamann; a sister, Florence Anderson; and a sister-in-law, Dorty Hamann.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Saturday in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with the Rev. Ken Kramer conducting. Burial with military honors by the Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
VISITATION: 4-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday morning until the time of services in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Salem Church, Quincy Humane Society or the Blessing Foundation for Hospice.
ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.