Thursday, November 13, 2008

Kenneth Hamm

Kenneth Lee Hamm, age 85, passed away Thursday, November 13, 2008, at United Hospital in Kenosha. He was born in Princeton, IL, November 12, 1923, son of the late David and Clara (Nee: Swanson) Hamm.

Ken served as a corporal in the U.S. Army 114th Infantry Division during WWII stationed in the European Theatre and had received the Bronze Star. On June 18, 1949, at Oak Park, IL he was united in marriage to Janice E. VanZile.

Ken graduated from Carthage College, received his master's degree from the University of Illinois and PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Iowa. He was employed by Carthage College as a Professor of Chemistry for 41 years retiring in 1989 as head of the Science-Math Division. In 1971 Ken was the first recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award. He was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church. His hobbies included: golfing, traveling, reading and flying as a small aircraft pilot.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Janice; two daughters, Diane (William) Katt of Kenosha, WI; Janet (Joe) Teeters of Laurel, MD; grandchildren, Ryan Katt of Waukesha, WI, and Kendra Katt of Kenosha, WI; sisters, Joan Mercer and Barbara (Jim) Rife; sister-in-law, Ernestine Hamm; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David.

Funeral services will be held at Bethania Lutheran Church, 4120 Wright Ave., on Monday, November 17, 2008, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Steve Wohfiel officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Private interment will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hamm Endowed Scholarship at Carthage College.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Ken’s caregivers over the past few months for their loving and compassionate care.

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