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Harry Ward Hampton

Harry Ward Hampton was born near Philip, South Dakota, on November 3, 1918, and died on July 25, 2012. A resident of Redondo Beach for 61 years, he was a kind and loving father to two daughters, Elene (Elle) Oliver of Torrance, CA, and Betty Wiley of Keizer, OR, who survive him. Also surviving are granddaughters, Lori Shine of Yelm, WA, Megan Gonzalez of Keizer, OR, and Aimee Wiley of Salem, OR; the mother of his children, Virginia Hampton; sisters, Mary Tucker and Rose Lewis; and brother, Russ Hampton. Other cherished ones who will miss his smile and gentle spirit include six great-grandchildren; caregivers, Donna and Dee; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. Harry proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war he lived in Dundee, Oregon, and Bonifay, Florida, before settling in Redondo, where he built the family home in which he lived for the rest of his life. His career as a truck driver for the aircraft industry spanned several decades. He was an accomplished square and round dancer, a self-taught musician, an ace at crossword puzzles, and an internet and e-mail enthusiast. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States behind the wheel of his blue Datsun station wagon.Harry was happiest when watching a softball or soccer game and cheering on "his" teams. He was honored as the #1 Redondo Softball Fan, and was a mascot to many softball and soccer teams, as well as an adopted granddad. At his request, there will be no funeral services. An open house to share memories of Harry will be held at his home from 1 to 3 PM on Saturday, September 1, 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made to your local softball or soccer team in Harry's memory. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on July 28, 2012
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