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Kenneth John Hamilton

October 7, 2020

On Wednesday, October 6, 2020, Kenneth John Hamilton, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at the age of 70.
Ken was born on October 11, 1949 in Newton, Kansas to John and Beulah (Stahly) Hamilton.  He grew up on the Hamilton farm north of Newton and attended local schools as well as Central College in McPherson, Kansas.  On November 25, 1978, he married Janice Lynne (Mullins) Hamilton. They raised two children, Jennifer and Kevin.
Ken loved farming and made that his life’s work. He also loved God and made the expression of that love his first priority throughout his life. He loved his family, his motorcycle riding and long conversations with friends.  He was full of joy and was always smiling, laughing and trying something new.
Ken  was preceded in death by his parents, John and Beulah Hamilton. He is survived by his wife Janice, his children Jennifer and Kevin, his 3 grandchildren – Cara Hamilton, Jacob Fink and Logan Hamilton, his brother Jim, sister Judy and many extended family members.
With all the challenges of distance and Covid-19 restrictions, the family has asked that instead of a service,  we celebrate Ken’s life by each paying forward a deliberate act that reflects his generosity and kindnesses.
Ken absolutely loved children with all their energy and laughter, so,In lieu of flowers, the  family suggests memorials to First Church of the Nazarene Children’s Fund and may be sent in care of the Petersen Family Funeral Home.

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15 thoughts on “Kenneth John Hamilton

  1. what a wonderful, kind, fun and helpful man Ken was. I loved him stopping by the car lot and visiting. Loved pinewood derby days at the church. He never stopped trying to make his car go faster. Good racing all the way. Ken I will miss you brother.

  2. Best smile ever. He was always happy. I loved when he was up to something he would raise his eyebrows. He was a wonderful man. He made my sister so happy. Ken was a great father, uncle and brother in law. We loved him and will miss him.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you feel God’s Love and peace.

  4. We are so sorry for your loss. Ken was so kind in storing all those motorcycles until David could come get them. Lifting prayers for you all🙏
    David & Jan Hulsey
    Selma, Alabama

  5. Dear d cousins, Although I was away in college+ when Ken was born already I remembermany happy hours with Jjudy at the farm and the church across the intersection .Chuck and I HAVE BEEN THINKING OF YOU THROUHOUT THESE PAST DAYS OF PAIN AND CONTINUE TO BE WITH YOU IN SPIRIT. . . . . . LOVE THOSE WHEAT FIELD PICTURES

  6. Dear Cousins,
    Chuck and I wish to give you our sympathy at this time of your loss. I was away at collage at the time Ken was born, but remember him in early years whenever visiting Kansas. Judy and I spent many times together on your farm and at the church across the intersection. Chuck and I have been remembering you in our thoughts and prayers and will continue throughout the coming days. With our sympathy and love.

  7. RIP Ken. It was an honor to know you and be your cousin. I am glad we were able to visit in recent years. Thanks for stopping by when I was in town. You will be missed, but I will see you on the other side.

  8. What a nice guy Ken was. Always had a smile and concern for others. If we could all be like him this world would be a better Place. I’ll miss my friend.

  9. What a kind man and tremendous bus driver. He cared for our kids as if they were his own and made sure they were alway safe. Was a tremendous employee of the Hesston school system. The Zimmerdale kids loved him.

  10. Ken was a mighty man of God, a beloved husband, father and churchman, and he was our brother. We love his smile, particularly from behind a mug of coffee or while watching the kids or grandkids have fun. And, when Ken and Janice married, their smiles grew even wider and the sparkle in their eyes even brighter. We miss him but, have no doubt, we will see him again!!!

  11. Mr. Hamilton was my bus driver for over 8 years. Every morning when I got on the bus, I knew he would be sitting right there waiting to greet me. We had our fair share of fun and mischief on the bus and it seemed more often than not that Mr. Hamilton was watching it all unfold through his rear-view mirror and smiling smugly. On behalf of the children from bus 8, he will be missed and remembered for all of the good times we had together.

  12. Our love and prayers go out to you! Glad I saw him there at church. May God comfort you all.
    Lovella (Fuller) Miller
    Marvin Miller

  13. Dear Cousin: I will miss you. You always were a great friend as well as a relative. I will always remember dragging main in your Mustang and listening to CCR, Dean Martin, and Roger Miller among others. Thanks for the memories. I will see you on the other side.

  14. Ken was a loving cousin. As the youngest Hamilton cousin I spent time on the farm during childhood and college. He loved to tease and took me for rides on his motorcycle. Later we met during cousin reunions. We all loved Ken and will miss him.

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