Roy C. Hammond - January 18, 2014Roy C. Hammond passed away on Jan. 18, 2014 at his home at The Hearthstone in York, Nebr. As per his wishes he was cremated. A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church on Feb. 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. A private inurnment will be at the Aurora Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church or to the Hamilton Community Foundation.
Roy Clinton Hammond was born on Jan. 2, 1925 to Ollie and Iva (Rucker) Hammond. They lived in a sod house near Mason City, Nebr. He attended Hopewell County School through the sixth grade. The family moved to Ansley in 1938. Roy graduated from Ansley High School in 1943. He was drafted into the Army and served with the 13th Airborne Division from May 1944 until his discharge in May 1946. He served seven months in France.
Roy married Naomi Russell on Sept. 9, 1945 at Phillipsburg, Kans. They moved to Aurora where he was employed by Burlington Railroad in the roundhouse. In November of 1954 he began working at the Aurora Post Office as a substitute city mail carrier, advancing to Route 2 as the regular carrier in the west half of town. In 1972 he was appointed as rural carrier on Route 3, south of Aurora. He retired in December 1982 with 30 years of service with the U.S. Postal Service.
Roy was member of the United Methodist Church. He served on the church’s administrative board and was active in the Sixty Plus group. He had also been involved with the Aurora Jaycees and served as their president. He was a member of the Cornhusker Champs camping group for 16 years.
Roy’s hobbies included working in his garden and yard, carpentry, wood craft projects with his wife, traveling, camping and reading. One of his many accomplishments was finishing their new home in 1964. Roy also volunteered at the Plainsman Museum.
He is survived by his wife Naomi, a son Michael of Aurora, two daughters Cheryl (Paul) Mikkelsen and Debra (John) Mark, all of Aurora; seven grandchildren: Scott (Barbra) Mikkelsen, Troy Mikkelsen, Shawn (Michelle) Mikkelsen, Anthony (Cressida) Mark, all of Aurora, Dustin (Melissa) Mark of Gillette, Wyo., Heather (Torrance) Banks of Lincoln, Lacey (Max) Lange of Elba; 16 great-grandchildren: Austin and Carson Mikkelsen, Amber and Jessica Mikkelsen, Alysha, Keeliann and Redding Mark, McKenzie Mark, Cody, Zachary and Seth Granfield, Gracie, Ethan and Isabella Lange; a sister Donna Hemphill of Mitchell; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Francis, and an infant daughter, Gwen Marie.