John “Dick” Hamilton, 90, of Epworth, passed away peacefully Aug. 12, 2020, at Ennoble Nursing and Rehabilitation in Dubuque.

A private memorial mass was held Aug. 15, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Epworth with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. The mass honored Dick and his wife Joan, who passed away recently when COVID restrictions prevented memorial gatherings.

Public burial with social distancing etiquette in place was held at 12:15 p.m., Aug. 15, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Epworth with full military honors afforded by the Epworth American Legion John White Post #650. Friends and Family may send memorials to the Reiff Funeral Home Attention: Dick Hamilton Family, P.O. Box 99 Farley, IA, 52046.

Dick was born Dec. 21, 1929 in Dubuque, son of George and Viola Mary (Bahl) Hamilton. He received his education from Epworth High School in Epworth and Bayler Business College in Dubuque. He was a veteran having served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953, during the Korean War. He was united in marriage May 21, 1955, to Joan Streng, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cascade. She preceded him in death May 18, 2020.

Dick had a very special 65 year loving marriage with Joan, and her recent death was tremendously hard on him. In addition to his role as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Dick devoted many years caring for so many of the people in his life who needed help. He was a big Yankees fan, enjoyed watching all kinds of sports with his family, sharing a beer and a story with friends and finding the good in everyone he met.

Dick was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Epworth. He was a member of the Epworth American Legion John White Post #650. He also served on the Epworth City Council and the St. Patrick’s School Board while he was a resident of Epworth.

He is survived by five children, Stephanie (Tom) McDermott of Cascade, Robert (Carmen) Hamilton of Minnetonka, Minn., Amy (Jeff) Boll of Asbury, Kristy (Greg) Lenz of Dubuque and Peter (Cathy) Hamilton of Urbandale; 14 grandchildren; two great granddaughters; one sister, Sue (Jerry) Beaver of North Liberty; four sisters-in-law, Sr. Denise Streng OSF and Sr. Clara Streng OSF both of Dubuque, Grace Schaaf of Mineral Pt., Wis., and Mary Neiers of Cascade; one brother-in-law, Lloyd Streng of Dubuque.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother, Tom “Tim” Hamilton; one sister, Mary Alice Hamilton (in infancy); sisters-in-law, Dorie Streng, Gloria Streng, and Geri Streng; brothers-in-law, John Streng, Bob Streng, Peter Schaaf, and Fred Neiers.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Oak Park Place, Mercy One and Ennoble Manor for the wonderful care they gave to Dick and his family.

In lieu of flowers Dick’s wishes were to have donations given to Hospice of Dubuque, Epworth American Legion John White Post #650 and St. Patrick’s Church of Epworth.

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