Roy R. “Ozzie” Hamer, 84, of Moline passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at Unity/ Trinity in Rock Island. Memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Vandemore Funeral Home, Ltd., Atkinson. Rev. Steve Clark will officiate. Per his request cremation rites have been accorded. Private inurnment will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation for Roy will be from 4-7 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Roy R. “Ozzie” Hamer memorial fund.
Ozzie was born July 1, 1928 in Moline, IL the son of William and Julia (Nowers) Hamer. He graduated from Atkinson High School in 1946. He was united in marriage to Joan R. DeDecker on October 27, 1949 in Atkinson. Ozzie proudly served his country with the US Navy. Ozzie was a plumber working at Neumann Plumbing & Heating Company in Moline for 35 years and retiring in 1990.
Ozzie was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Moline, IL. He was also a member of the Ex Servicemens Club and Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local #25. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, caning chairs and working puzzles. He also enjoyed following his grandchildren’s events and was an avid Cubs fan.
He is survived by his wife Joan “Sug”; 1 son: Steve (Tina) Hamer, LeClaire, IA; 3 daughters: Cindy (J.R.) Brittenham, Yorkville, IL, Karen (Wayne) Miles, Coal Valley, IL, Kim (Bill) Gordon, Coal Valley, IL; 6 grandchildren: Kelly Miles, Mat Wismer, Mikel Wismer, Ryan Hamer, Grayce Gordon, Megan Hamer; 1 brother: Jim (Edley) Hamer, Atkinson, IL; 1 sister: Janet Gustafson, Atkinson, IL.
He was preceded in death by his son David, brothers Bill and Walt Hamer, and a sister Wilma Seyller.