Darrel B. Hammond

Born: Wed., Aug. 22, 1917
Died: Wed., Jul. 24, 2013

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Darrel Boyd Hammond (rural Robinson) born August 22, 1917 died at the age of 95 years and 11 months on July 24, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes.  He was predeceased by his parents Lafe and Zola Hammond (Martinsville, IL); sister Myla (Glenn) Wells and her children Larry (Lea) Wells, Peggy Anne Kirkham, and Glendel (Leona) Wells; sister Peggy (Stanley) Wirth (Valparaiso); and his nephew Mark Hammond (San Raphael. CA).   He is survived by his wife of 65 years Betty Jane (Laingor) Hammond (rural Robinson), children Gary (Janie) Hartman (Lebanon, OR) and grandsons Tim (Erica) Hartman and Jeff (Carrie) Hartman; Teri Carla Towell (Larry) Knoblett (rural Robinson) and grandchildren Kevin Hightshoe, Kip (Mike) Hightshoe, Melissa (Joe) Killner, Jeremiah (Lucinda) Hightshoe, and Hannah Skinner; Thomas Hammond (Chicago); Jerry Hammond (Ft Lauderdale, FL and Chicago); Richard (Sue) Hammond  (Brillion, WI), and grandchildren Justin (Andrea) Chupita, and Nicole (Domminic) Gifford; brother Feldon (Mary) Hammond (Tucson, AZ); nieces and nephew Janet Duttlinger (Tucson), Dianne (Joe) Vass, Sandy Enzwiler and Mike (Gina) Wirth (all of Valparaiso, IN),  in-laws Harry (Joyce) Dorsey (La Belle, FL), Eric (Carrie) Dorsey (FL), Milly Mann (Casey, IL), Mr. and Mrs. George Mann (Maryville, TN), numerous great grandchildren, and many dear friends including but not limited to Jean Mulliner, (Phoenix, AZ), Les (Helen) Torgeson (Punta Gorda, FL), and Bill (Deloris) Marrow (Punta Gorda).  
After 33 years working at Marathon as a roustabout and pumper in both Martinsville and Robinson, Darrel retired and he and Betty became Florida snowbirds for 36 years before returning to Robinson.  He enjoyed spending time with his family water skiing, fishing, camping, motorcycle touring, taking summer and winter vacation trips, go-cart racing, taking cruises, playing cards, and ping pong, coached little league, and read us the Sunday comics with vivid animation.  His hobbies included rebuilding cars, collecting and repairing antique clocks and watches, prolific reading and watching westerns.  He was co-developer and owner of the Eastern Illinois Kartway, and Hammond Gifts and Antiques.  As a young man he served as an Army medic during WWII in northern Africa and the European arena and was honorably discharged on Sept 23, 1945.
Darrel was a great father and husband and we will miss him.  We are better having had him in our lives.
No services are scheduled.  
Local arrangements provided by Pulliam Funeral Homes, Robinson, IL.  

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