EDWARDSVILLE - Hillard L. "Ham" Hamilton, 97, passed away at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016, at his home with his family by his side. He was born May 31, 1919, in Alton, Illinois, to the late Nathan and Mary (Kissee) Hamilton. He married Amanda Nolan on November 6, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri. She preceded him in death, after 68 years of marriage, on July 12, 2012. Hillard was a supervisor at LaClede Steel, in the 22 inch mill, for 31 years prior to his retirement in 1976. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Bethalto. Hillard is a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in World War II as a tail gunner in a B-15 bomber. Survivors include one daughter and her husband, Kathy and Dennis Smith of Bethalto; a grandson Michael Ely of Bethalto; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers and one sister. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto with Pastor Mark Hofferber. Burial at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto, with Military rights conducted by the Alton VFW post 1308. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Bethalto United Methodist Church. An online condolence and guest book may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com .
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