WILLIAM J. HAMILTON

W.Hamilton webphotoBill Hamilton, of Tamarack, passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was 54 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Round Lake Presbyterian Church (16652 Goshawk St., McGregor, MN 55760).

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

William “Bill” John Hamilton, of Tamarack, MN passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth surrounded by his family.  He was 54 years old.

Bill was born on February 22, 1960 to parents Jack and Donna (Floe) Hamilton in Cloquet, Minnesota.  Born the fifth of six children, Bill grew up in Cloquet, graduating from high school in 1978.  For the next several winters, Bill logged with his brother-in-law Gene.  On October 27, 1979, Bill was united in marriage to Wendy Demenge.  The couple was blessed with two children, Sarah and Matthew.   Bill spent many years working with his father Jack, installing insulation.  For more than 27 years, Bill was a member of the Laborers Union #132, working mostly at the 3M chemical plant in Cottage Grove.  He retired in 2012.

Bill was a true outdoorsman.  He loved long fall days hunting deer, duck, geese, and grouse with family and friends.  During the summer months, any free time was spent fishing, or just enjoying a cold one on the boat.  He especially loved all the trips to Isle Royal with his brother Pat.  When he wasn’t fishing, Bill was usually manning the grill, cooking up BBQ for family and friends.  Bill was a proud member of the Round Lake Community Club.   Most of all, Bill loved his family.  He was so proud of his children and grandchildren. 

Bill, lovingly known as “Sir William” to his family and friends, was a prankster at heart, often putting extensive thought and planning into his tricks.  You never knew what Bill had planned, and no one was safe.  Bill will be remembered for his bright smile, his witty and sometimes dry sense of humor, and his kind and loving spirit. In the words of Sir William-“I’ve gotta go…. I’ve got a million things to do!”  He will be missed.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his children, Sarah (Chris) Johnson of McGregor and Matt (Katy) Hamilton of Braham; grandchildren, Billie Ann, Tanner, and Lillian; siblings, Jackie (Dale) Larson of Floodwood, Jo (Gene) Anderson of Cromwell; Pat (Sandy) Hamilton of Cloquet; Margie (Gary) McCuskey of Deer Park, TX; and Judy (Charlie) Seibert of McGregor; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Round Lake Presbyterian Church in McGregor with Rev. Joel Seibel officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.  Music will be provided by Sara Zrust.  Casket Bearers are Dave Gauthier, Mike Gauthier, Steve Gauthier, Tom Anderson, Bob Anderson, and Paul Rodriguez.  Honorary Casket Bearers are Chad Hamilton, Joel Siebert, Brent Lundquist, Dustin McCuskey, and Chris McCuskey.  A reception will be held following the service at the Whispering Pines. 

3 guestbook entries for WILLIAM J. HAMILTON

  1. Red Fredrickson October 3, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I’m very sorry to find out Billy has passed away , I had not seen him for a long time but still thought of him as a Great friend , I think back about all the fun I had with him and Big Ed , Funny we never got in trouble , I always got a kick out of Billy’s dry since of humor , He could come up with something so funny and have the whole crowd laughing and he would sit there so straight faced ! He always talked well about his Uncle Easton , Another great Guy , I sometimes wish there was a way to turn the clock back to the Good old days , I will miss you Billy Old Buddy

  2. sharon piispanen October 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear about Billy. My prayers are with Matthew John and Sarah and the rest of his family. Whenever I would run into him he always had some smart ass thing to say to me then he would chuckle and give me a hug. R.I.P. Billy I will miss you.

  3. Nevin Johnson October 6, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    My sympathy is extended to Billy’s family. I had learned recently that he had been suffering from health issues. I remember Bill from his High School days in McGregor. He will be remembered by many.

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