William Hamilton

Written by Theresa Rose on December 3, 2015

William W. Hamilton, 80, of Cherokee Village, Arkansas died November 18, 2015 at the White River Medical Complex in Cherokee Village. He was born October 18, 1935, in Selma, Iowa to Lewis W. and Bernice Kunzman Hamilton and married Linda Hamilton on June 28, 1959, at Eldon Methodist Church and was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Ottawa, Illinois.

Bill graduated from Eldon High School in 1952 and was a math teacher for 40 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa and began his teaching career at Eldon High School and Washington Junior High in Ottumwa. After receiving his Master’s degree from Boston College in 1964, he taught at Ottawa Township High School in Ottawa, Illinois and coordinated the Adult Education program in Ottawa for Illinois Valley Community College and taught on campus after retirement from Ottawa High School in 1991. He was also a college counselor, a coach and participated in Kiwanis, Cherokee Village Men’s Golf Association, the Pepsi-Cola Collectors Club and was an avid St Louis Cardinal fan. His family and math students were his passion.

Bill is survived by his wife, Linda, two daughters, Lisa Hamilton (Trevor Frost) of Vista, California and Nina Whitlow (Robert) of Cherokee Village, and eight grandchildren: Brandon and Niki Hamilton, Chelynne Bivens Clark (Trey) and Taylor Bivens, Cassidy and Jake Berton, Linden and Kira Whitlow, three great grandchildren: Hayden and Warren Clark and Gidget Bell, a brother Ron Hamilton (Kate) in Minnesota, a sister, Marcene Anderson in Iowa, daughter-in-law, Jamie Hamilton of Ottawa, sister-in-law Bonnie Naisbitt of Newton, Iowa and brother-in-law Vic Hamilton (Janice) of Cherokee Village as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Joel and brother, Kenneth.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am Monday December 7, 2015 at Living Hope Bible Church, Eldon with Pastor Mark Clark officiating. Burial will be in Eldon Cemetery immediately follow the service. Memorials may be made in Bill’s name for Lewy Body Dementia research to: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center may be left at the church or mailed to the family at 73 Tohatchi Drive, Cherokee Village, AR 72539. Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua is in charge of arrangements.