Thomas Dale Hamer, the son of Harvey O. and Florence O. (Smith) Hamer, was born on January 27, 1929, in Clarion, Iowa. He was raised and educated near Woolstock, graduating from Woolstock High School in 1947. Tom was the last surviving member of his graduating class. He was a lifelong farmer, working the land and raising hogs, cattle, sheep and chickens.
On October 4, 1953, Tom married Elaine Odland in Woolstock and they had three children, Glenda and twins Dale and Dean. Elaine preceded him in death on November 29, 1965. In 1977, Tom married Barbara (Christensen) Blue at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove.
Tom enjoyed traveling in the motor home, fishing, watching college basketball – cheering for the Hawkeyes and most of all, he lived to mow!!
Tom passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, surrounded by his family, at Van Diest Medical in Webster City, at the age of 91 years. He was also preceded in death by his parents and son Dale.
Survivors include his wife, Barb Hamer of Eagle Grove; daughter, Glenda Schincke (Merlin) of Dakota Dunes, SD; son, Dean Hamer (Jody) of Story City; daughter-in-law, Cindy Hamer of Murray; ten grandchildren: Chad, David, Janet, Kevin, Andrew, Michelle, Eric, David, Megan and Katy; ten great-grandchildren; step-son, Doug Blue (Bridget) of Trimont, MN and step-daughter, Donna Waltz (Howard) of Peoria, AZ.
Private family services will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Eagle Grove.
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