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Roy R. Hamilton

Feb 4, 1930 - Apr 21, 2009
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Roy R. Hamilton of Riverton died Tuesday evening, April 21, 2009, at his home with family by his side. He was 79. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

Roy Ralph Hamilton was born on a farm outside the community of Yoder on Feb. 4, 1930, the son of Tex and Vina Hamilton. He was the youngest of nine children born to this pioneer family. He attended school in Yoder through the 10th grade.

After leaving school, he worked at many jobs in the community, on ranches and farms, and in area rodeos. In November of 1949, Mr. Hamilton enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Korean War. While in Korea, he was wounded and awarded two purple hearts.

Mr. Hamilton completed his high school education while serving with the military.

On June 25, 1952, he married his childhood sweetheart Mytle Schaffner. They had known each other and fell in love at the age of 15. The couple had three children -- William Hamilton, Margaret Hamilton, and Kelly Hamilton.

Mr. Hamilton was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a member of the American Legion Post 19 and VFW Post 3628.

His family said Mr. Hamilton enjoyed spending time with his children and wife and was known for his sense of humor.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by his wife of 56 years, Myrtle Hamilton of Riverton; son, William Hamilton and his wife Renee of Maryville, Calif., and their children, De Ana Paige and her husband Tommy of Maryville, Calif., Troy Hamilton and his wife Angie of Chico, Calif.; daughter, Margaret Hamilton Henley and her husband Marvin, their children, Brandi and Juanita of Lander; son, Kelly Hamilton of Riverton; seven great grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 12 step great grandchildren in California and Oregon, two step great-great grandchildren; brothers, Jack Hamilton and his wife Betty, and Ray Hamilton and his wife Katy of Wheatland; numerous nephews, nieces, in-laws, adopted family, and friends.

Mr. Hamilton was preceded in death by four sisters; his parents, an infant sister, an infant brother, three brothers-in-law, and two sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, or to Little Wind Hospice, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main, Riverton, WY 82501.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.