OREGON – Robert A. Hammes, 73, of Oregon, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.
He was born Feb. 4, 1940, near Middle Ridge in LaCrosse County, Wis., the son of Leo and Irene (Gronemus) Hammes. He was a graduate of Bangor High School. He married Marjorie Black Cox on Aug. 27, 2005, in Oregon. Bob retired from Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. in Sterling after 23 years of service, and then worked part time at UPS in Rockford.
He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon, the Knights of Columbus, and Mount Morris Moose Lodge. He was a sports fan and enjoyed NASCAR, but was a season ticket holder and avid Green Bay Packers fan. During the ’70s and ’80s, Bob coached flag football in Sterling for the St. Mary Packers (of course), and Little League baseball, and grade school basketball for St. Mary and St. Andrew. He also umpired baseball games. He loved to travel with Marge, and especially enjoyed class reunions and family reunions.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; son, Tim (Bernadette) Hammes of Sterling; daughter, Jennifer (Allen) Stultz of Rochelle; mother, Irene Hammes of LaCrosse; brothers, Kenny (friend, Luanne) of Wausau, Wis., Ron (Jeanette) of LaCrosse, and Leo Jr. (Jan) of Sterling; sister, Renee (friend, Steve) Hammes of West Salem, Wis.; stepchildren, Carol (Todd) Cline, Pat Cox, and Sandra (Jim) Young, all of Mount Morris, and David (Kim) Cox of Leaf River; grandchildren, Espen Hammes, Reagan Hammes, Aidynn Stultz, and Gracynn Stultz; six stepgrandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leo; brother, David; sister, Mary Ellen Pitz; brother, Jerome, and his former wife and mother of his children, Gloria Schrabeck Hammes-McKenna.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 6:45 p.m., Monday at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., Oregon. Visitation also will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and a Christian funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 301 N. Fourth St., Oregon, with the Rev. Joseph Naill, celebrant, officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Oregon.
Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon Ambulance Service, and St. Mary Church.
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