Sunday, September 5, 2010

Arthur J. Hamata

Arthur John Hamata, age 89 passed away Sunday, September 5, 2010, after a short illness. He was born in Racine, May 7, 1921, son of the late Joseph and Estelle (Nee: Kennedy) Hamata.

Arthur served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII from 1942 until 1944 stationed in the China Burma India Theatre of War. He received his training at the first radar training school in Boca Raton. He served on a B-29 Superfortress as a radar operator in India until injured on duty. Arthur received various medals and accomplishments including Expert Marksman while serving his country.

On September 6, 1952, he was united in marriage to “the love of his life” Jean E. Morgenson at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church. Arthur was employed at First National Bank for over 25 years retiring in 1984 as vice president. He previously was a controller for Catholic Family Insurance. Arthur was an active and dedicated member of St. John Nepomuk Church, a member of the American Legion and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Throughout his life, Arthur enjoyed his trips with his family to their cabin in Canada. He also enjoyed spending winters in Florida. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Jean; a sister, Margaret Groulik of Racine; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Thomas M. Morgenson of Titusville, FL, Marvin (Joan) Morgenson of Racine; nieces and nephews, Marian (Fred) Krumberger, Jean (Patrick) Hays, John (Debbie) Groulik, Ann (Dave) Rost, Sharon (Dave) Nehring, Susan (Stan) Jardee, Thomas Morgenson, Steve Morgenson, Sandra (Robert) Ager, Jill (John R.) Willett, Kenneth (Kim) Merrill; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 11, 2010, at 10 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Church, 1903 Green St. Interment with full military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet Friday at the funeral home from 4-6 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Disabled American Veterans have been suggested.

803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

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