Jack Hamlin 1930-2019
Jack Dean Hamlin, 88, died peacefully at his home Sunday, April 7, 2019, in St. Joseph, Mo.
Jack was born Nov. 20, 1930, in Horton, to Raymond Sr. and Wilma (Moore) Hamlin. He was raised in Holton and attended Holton High School.
Jack worked at the Hinklekemper Coca Cola Co. and Page Airways in Atchison. In 1977, he became program director for the NEK-CAP Community Action Center in Horton and later worked for Charter Medical Center in Louisville, Ky., Columbus, Ind., and Lexington, Mo., and later worked for Cedar Ridge Treatment Center in Overland Park. Jack also served as past president of the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse.
Jack was remembered by many as a great left-handed baseball pitcher. He played for the Holton Merchants and moved to Atchison in 1950 to play for the Atchison Colts.
He was united in marriage to Jackie Jane McCoole in February 1951 in Atchison. They later divorced. He was then united in marriage to Gayle Anne Hart on May 30, 1968, in Oklahoma. She survives of the home.
Jack was a past member of the St. Joseph Saints and Mustangs Booster clubs. He enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and worked on the New York Times puzzle daily.
Jack is survived by his wife, Gayle, and five children, Mitchell Hamlin, Dallas Hamlin, Ginger Hunninghake (Dick), Rene Hatcher (Jerry) and Christopher Hamlin. He has 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, June Carson (Bob); many nieces and nephews; and his beloved pets, Dickens and Abby.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond Hamlin Jr., Bill Hamlin, and James Hamlin; daughter, Dana Brant; and grandson, Dallas Hamlin II.
Farewell services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Meierhoffer Funeral Home and Crematory in St. Joseph, Mo. Interment will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.
Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the St. Kolbe-Puckett Center for Healing. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com