Russell W. Hamilton
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Zionsville, IN

Russell White Hamilton

6/20/1948 - 4/13/2012
63, Indianapolis, passed away Friday, April 13, 2012, in his home. Russ was born June 20th, 1948, in Indianapolis to Ethel Janet White Hamilton and Lucius Hamilton II. He resided in Indianapolis his entire life and was a graduate of Culver Military Academy's Class of 1966. He then went on to proudly attend the Marshall and Franklin University and graduated in 1970 with a degree in Government.

Professionally, Russ spent 27 years as a Sergeant with the Marion County Sheriff's Department, Reserve Division. He also spent 20 years with First Investors Cooperation. He was a member of the Deputy Sheriff Fraternal Organization as well as "Shop with a Deputy."

Russ was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, served as a Whipper of Foxhounds for Trader's Point Hunt, and was a driving trainer at Putnam Park Raceway. Russ was a member of Zion Evangelical Church of Christ.

Russ will be remembered for his love of life, family, and friends. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Howard) Hamilton; his brother, Lucius O. (Liz) Hamilton III; and his children, Katherine J. (Raymond P., III) Hamilton Giehll and Britt D. (Nichol) Ripley. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, four nieces and nephews, an aunt, an uncle, and a cousin.

Visitors will be accepted from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Aaron Ruben Nelson Mortuary, 11411 N. Michigan Road, with a service to follow directly afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests to donations be made in Russ's name to the American Heart Association or the Wounded Warriors Project.

Published by The Indianapolis Star from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2012.
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Russ- For me you lived in stories from Britt, Katie, and Barb. You were larger than life and the best father in the world to both of your kids. You were always there for them when they needed you most. That is what defines a Dad. Now I ask that you take care of our Angel, Brycen, your grandson, until we all meet up again. He needs his Dat. We will take care of each other down here and honor you by always remembering to ask ourselves,'What would dad do?". Thank you for sharing a piece your incredible life with me. I am truly blessed, and know our son is in good hands. All our love forever!
Nikki Ripley
May 29, 2012
Russ, my love, my life, you took my world by storm. I waited my whole life for this perfect fit. We really lived, loved, laughed at danger, laughed at each other, set each other free and held on tight. Nothing will ever be the same in this world because you were here. I love you. I will never forget and never give up. Ruth
Ruth Hamilton
May 14, 2012
Russ , you are the best and most loyal friend i could ever wish for . We go back
so , so long ago , we have experienced the best of times and the worst of times together , these memories are hardwired .
I'll never ever forget you till my time comes . It was an honor to call you "my
friend ". Even thou you traveled west to
the setting sun , you are not alone , you
go with friends that went before you ."

Ken / The Fagawee Raceteam
April 20, 2012
Russ, thank you for all you did for me. You will be missed. Rest in peace.
Matt Crooks
April 19, 2012
Russ was more than a co-worker at First Investors; he was a mentor, leader, and most of all a friend. His presence in the office brightened everyone's day and will be missed dearly!
Stephen Roberts
April 19, 2012
Thank you, Russ. My life would not be the same today without your support and guidance. May the Lord bless the man who gave so much.
Billy Corsaro
April 19, 2012
Russ was a fine man and I know he will be missed. We had some great times together with his family and mine. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Bill Favors
April 19, 2012
Russ had a great sense of humor and loved his family very much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this very difficult time.
Katharine(Kate) Walters
April 19, 2012
Russ was my Field Training Officer. In the years I knew Russ he taught me more about life then I ever learned about law enforcement. I'm sure when God called upon Russ he answered him with “clear direct!” You were one of a kind and the officers you trained, supervised and supported will always remember you!
Patrick Murphy
April 19, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
love Jeff and Gloria Brennan
Gloria Brennan
April 18, 2012
five season friend...I always smilled when I saw Ruth & Russ at the gym. You two made me want to go home and kiss my wife...when I saw how happy you to were together. My condolences. Mike Miklozek
Mike Miklozek
April 18, 2012
I knew Russ for many years as I served at the Marion County Sheriff's Department. For most of that time, I had the privilege to support the Reserve Division as an Administrative Assistant. These men and women always amazed me with their dedication. They worked road shifts, jail shifts, drove jail wagons, did all kinds of security for the city of Indianapolis and so many other things...for $5 a year. Russ' laugh is one of the first things that comes to mind. He made a difference with his short life!
Jen Greene
April 18, 2012
On behalf of the Traders Point Hunt, and TPH members we would like to thank Russ for his contributions as a member, and in a TPH staff position of Whipper-in. The Hamilton family, over the years have made wonderful contributions to the sport, which requires incredible dedication, committment and skill as an equestrian. Love and prayers to your family as you are embraced by God himself.
Tom Santelli
April 18, 2012
I was very sorry to learn that Russ had passed away. I found him to be a person who had a zest for life. It was a privilege to have known him. Please accept my condolences
Jim Alcorn
April 18, 2012
Rest in peace Russ!
Russ was my driving instructor at Putnam Park Raceway, 3/31/12. I had a very enjoyable day with a great person.
Stan Ellis
April 18, 2012
You and your family will never know the impact you had on the lives of those around you. You were the highlight of my day. You will be missed.

Rest in peace my friend. Love and prayers to you and your family.
Kurtis, Aynnie, and Gwendolyn Miller
April 17, 2012
Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing you, thank you for your service to the citizens of Marion County as a member of the Sheriff's Reserve Division.

Rest in peace and may God bless you and your family.

Larry Gorske, former Reserve Deputy MCSD
Larry Gorske
April 17, 2012
May you rest in peace my friend. I will always remember you as a person who truly cared for his fellow man and his community. Your service to the Sheriff's Department was truly appreciated by me and your fellow officers. May God take you into his arms and help Ruth through these sorrowful times. God bless.
Steve Morris
April 17, 2012
May your soul rest in peace.
Niv Thyagarajan
April 17, 2012
I had the honor of knowing Russ and having him as a friend. We spent many evenings working together at the Sheriff's Department and it was always comforting when I knew Russ had my back. I will miss him dearly.
Rick Batza
April 17, 2012
We will all miss a truly great man. He was our "most interesting man in the world." Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Steve & Claire Spelde
April 17, 2012
Russ, I just saw you and Ruth a couple months ago. You were a great fellow officer and a good friend. I will miss you.
Don Smith
April 17, 2012
My fellow officer, God speed and watch over all of your family, guiding them and protecting them. 10-8, 10-42.
David McConnaughey
April 17, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this very sad time.
Barry Redemann
April 17, 2012
To the family of Russ, our deepest condolences. We shared a granddaughter (Brittany Ripley) and we were always told of tales of "Dat" and what adventures yall completed together. God be with you all.
Joy and Ken Epperley
April 17, 2012

I will never forget all the things you've done for me, and all the life lessons you taught me! You truely lived yours to it's fullest, and I'm proud to have called you my friend! I am a better man for having had you in my life!
Chris Copeland
April 17, 2012
Remembering a truly remarkable man and friend! We will miss you and will continue to keep Ruth and the entire family in our prayers.
Heidi Thayer
April 17, 2012
Russ was a good friend of our family and will be missed. My deepest prayers and wishes to his family.
Terry Rahm
April 17, 2012
Barbara Brutus, Pine Village, Indiana.
To the family of Russ, I am deeply sorry with his passing.
April 17, 2012
The office will never be the same. Thank you for always making our day a little brighter. You will be forever missed.
Courtney Crone
April 17, 2012
We will miss you everyday at the office, Russ. You were always so helpful and positive.
Jeanette Schoettle
April 17, 2012
Russ, thanks for serving our community as a Reserve Officer. We appreciated all of your hard work!!

Sgt. Kevin Bandy
IMPD (Former MCSD)
Kevin Bandy
April 17, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. Russ was a truly nice person and friend. I know my dad thinks alot of him. I am sending my prayers and thoughts to Russ, Ruth and their entire family and friends. RIP Russ.
Nichol Neal
April 17, 2012
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Brian Johnson
April 17, 2012
I was deeply saddened to hear that Russ has passed away. He was truly a unique individual and a sincere friend to many of us in the racing world. He was larger than life in many ways. Rest In Peace Russ, you will be sorely missed but always remembered.
Bill Neal
April 17, 2012
Russ, you were a force! Your willingness to be a leader and share your law enforcement and life skills made being your partner a memorable experience to many of us in the reserve division. You were an honorable example to us all. May your memory be for blessing. Olev ha shalom. Rest in peace.
Ed Marcus, DDS
April 17, 2012
Russ, you were a good friend to our family and we loved you very much. Alan still remembers you making him eat spinach. Our condolances to Ruth, Katie and Britt and the rest of your family.
Kathy and Bill Favors
April 17, 2012
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