John W. Hamilton, 86, of Story City, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at Bethany Manor in Story City.
John was born April 30, 1923, in Plymouth Township, Plymouth County, the son of John and Loca Hamilton. John graduated from Remsen Union School. He married Jean Gist June 16, 1945, in Madison, S.D.
The couple lived in several Iowa communities, including rural Sioux City, Greene, Britt, Iowa Falls, and Radcliffe. John worked in the farm implement business and later sold insurance. The couple had four children, Nancy, Laura, Timothy and Colleen. Jean died Dec. 19, 1998.
John eventually became a resident of Bethany Manor in Story City after suffering a massive stroke in June 2004 and lived there for the remainder of his life.
Survivors include three daughters, Nancy Spiess of Ames, Laura Hamilton of White Bear Lake, Minn., and Colleen Hamilton of Ames; one son, Timothy (Karen) Hamilton of Alburnett; four grandchildren, Tory (Eva) Spiess and Tanya Spiess of Ames, Jahan Hamilton of Iowa City, and Anjali Hamilton of Alburnett; two great-grandchildren, Audrey and Katelynne Spiess; and one sister-in-law, Sylvia Gist, of Lamberton, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother; two sisters; a sister-in-law; three brothers-in-law; a niece, nephew and son-in-law.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Bethany Manor Chapel, 212 Lafayette Ave., in Story City.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Nancy Spiess, 5630 Arrasmith Trail, Ames, Iowa 50010.