Michael Hamilton

Michael Edward Hamilton passed away in Colville on Dec. 1, 2013. He was born on Dec. 18, 1942 in Spokane, the son of George and Naomi (Rowland) Hamilton. Mike grew up and attended school in Spokane. After graduating from Rogers High School in 1961, Mike moved to Seattle and went to work at Boeing. Mike married Joann Bacon in 1962; together they shared 21 years of marriage and had two sons, John and Joe.In 1963, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country for 25 years until his honorable discharge and retirement in 1988. While in the Navy, Mike served as a recon¬naissance photographer and was stationed in Miramar, served on an aircraft carrier based out of San Francisco during the Vietnam War, and was also land based in the Philippines, Okinawa, and Whidbey Island. After retiring from the Navy, Mike served as a security guard at the Springdale and the Orient Lumber Mills, and worked for Hearth and Home as a brake press operator until his retirement. He was the first employee ever to receive full retirement from Hearth and Home. Mike met Barbara Delp in 1990 and they were married in1993. Mike and Barbara were blessed with 20 years of marriage.In his spare time, Mike enjoyed motorcycles, four-wheelers, race cars, classic cars, camping, fishing, spending time outdoors, snorkeling, trips to Disneyland with his family, and most importantly, spending quality time with his family. Mike was known as the “family chef” and would cook dinner every evening, trying new recipes whenever possible. He would also cook every holiday meal for his family. Mike wasn’t afraid to ever try something new, including a “joyride’ in an F-4 Phantom jet. He lived his life to the fullest; he spoke his mind when needed, was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Mike will be truly missed by all who knew him.Mike was preceded in death by his parents, George and Naomi Hamilton, and by his son, John Hamilton. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; Kettle Falls; Joe Hamilton and wife Barb, Spokane; sisters, Joni Love, Spokane; Charlene Brusseau, Vancouver; step-daughters, Toni Zon¬neveld and husband Tim, Everett; Dawn Tallman and husband Rick, Kettle Falls; ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service for Mike was held on Dec. 7 at Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville. If one so wishes, memorial contributions can be made in Mike’s name to The Wounded Warrior Project. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel was entrusted with the arrange¬ments.