Alvin Frederick Hamilton, 89, of Grundy Center, Iowa, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on June 14, 2010 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. Visitation was held at Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home in Grundy Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 18 with prayer services and sharing time beginning at 5 p.m. and a rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, at Holy Family Parish, St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, 21275 U Avenue, Reinbeck, Iowa (about 4 miles south of Dike). Burial was at 1 p.m., following lunch, at Maple Hill Cemetery, north of Gladbrook, with military honors provided by Grundy Center Post #349 of the American Legion, and Grundy Center AMVETS #17 and Lincoln AMVETS Post #10. To view the complete obituary or to send messages of condolence, please visit www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Alvin was born August 16, 1920, on a farm near Hutton Valley, in southern Mo., son of Claude T. and Rosa L. (Boss) Hamilton. His family moved to Lincoln, Iowa, in 1928. He was a 1938 graduate of Reinbeck Consolidated High School and served with the Army in Japan following WWII. Alvin had a 35 year career with Lincoln Coop and served as the manager for 25 years. Alvin married June Marion Schulz of rural Tama County on July 24, 1947, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Grundy Center. They lived for many years in Lincoln, Iowa before retiring to Grundy Center in 1985.
Alvin was a passionate family man, a good businessman, a great friend and a community-minded volunteer. He loved travel, camping, fishing, playing cards, and dancing, spending many winters in Alamo, Texas. He was a long time member and president of the Lincoln School Board, a charter member and president of Lincoln AMVETS Post #10, a member of Grundy Center AMVETS Post #17, and for many years served on the Lincoln Town Council and as the Lincoln City Clerk.
Alvin is survived by his wife June of Grundy Center; his daughter Marsha Hamer and her husband Mark of Iowa City, Iowa; his daughter Denise Schryver and her husband Mark of Longmont, Colo.; his son Steve of Gladbrook, Iowa; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren; his brother Virgil and his wife Carrie; his sister Arlene Gillis and her husband Bernie; his sister Irma Wolfe; his sister-in-law Jean Hamilton; and his sister-in-law Dana Hamilton. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, three siblings, Glenn, Robert, and Lois, and brother-in-law Bill Wolfe .
Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Celiac Support Group, 108 Celeste Street, Hudson, Iowa (Denise Launderville, Treasurer) or St. Gabriel's Catholic Church.