John R. Hamilton, 62, Greencastle, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville.
Born Sept. 6, 1947, in Clay County, he was the son of Charles and Myrtle (Elwell) Hamilton.
He married Phyllis (Caudill) Hamilton on Jan. 1, 1970, and she survives.
After graduating from Greencastle High School, he joined his beloved Marine Corp, serving from 1969-71, in Vietnam with the 1st Battalion First Marines, living the Marine Corp Motto, "Once a Marine, Always a Marine."
Mr. Hamilton had worked at Greencastle Automotive nearly 30 years, being known as "Napa John."
He had previously worked at Jim Harris Chevrolet as an auto parts salesman.
He was serving as the current Post Commander of the Greencastle V.F.W. Post 1550, a member of the Greencastle American Legion Post 50, and the Terre Haute Marine Corp Legion Detachment No. 471.
He is survived by his wife, daughter Andrea Williams and husband Tim, Brazil, son Richard Paul Williams, Laredo, Texas, sister Beth Rogers and husband Carl, Seelyville, brothers Larry Hamilton and wife Wanda, Eastover, S.C., Bill Hamilton, Brazil, Lester Hamilton, Brazil, Duane Hamilton, Fountainette, Tom Hamilton and wife Susan, Merrillville, and Rex Hamilton, Tulsa, Okla., sister-in-law Wanda Stinson and husband James, Stilesville, brother-in-law Earl Evens and wife Lola, Batesville, Ark., and grandchildren Coan Williams, Lexie Williams and Marley Williams, of Brazil, and Angela Hamilton, Italy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brothers Robert and Bruce Hamilton, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside services will take place at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, with military rites at the Forest Hill Cemetery Chaplain. Rodney Staggers will be officiating. Burial to follow.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home.
Condolences may be shared with the family in care of www.hopkins-rector.com.