Chester Monroe "Ted" Hamilton, 98, of Pleasant Hill, was born on Thursday, September 25, 1913 in Ansley, Nebraska, the son of Wilmer Clay and Ann (Funston) Hamilton. He departed this life at 7:17 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Chester was a 1931 graduate of Pleasant Hill High. He proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II.
On July 5, 1936, he was united in marriage to Myrtle Louise Clark in Harrisonville. They were married for over 75 years; she preceded him in death just four days before him on January 17.
Chester was employed as a Torque Inspector for the Ford Motor Company where he was a proud member of the UAW. He was a member of Independence American Legion Post #21 and a life member of the Pleasant Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118.
Besides his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by three brothers Harry, Lester and Little Bill; and three sisters Blanche, Zell, and Dorothy.
He is survived by his son Gene Hamilton and his wife Vickie of Pleasant Hill; two grandchildren Carrie Sturmer of Pleasant Hill and Angela Lackershire of Independence; four great grandchildren Tina Myers of Independence, Mark McConville of Independence, Brad Evans and Shawn Evans, both of Pleasant Hill; one great-great grandchild Akiya Myers; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 24, 2011, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) officiated. The final salute ceremony was performed by the Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the Pleasant Hill VFW Post #3118 Honor Guard.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.