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Kenneth R. Hamman

July 14, 1947 — March 19, 2020


Kenneth R. Hamman, 72, of Winamac passed away peacefully at 1:15 a.m., Thursday, March 19, 2020. Born on July 14, 1947 in Winamac, he was the son of the late Ralph and Mary Rachel (Galbreath) Hamman, and Phyllis Hamman who survives.

Ken was a 1966 Winamac High School graduate.  Ken was a proud U.S. Army veteran and served in the Vietnam War. On December 6, 1969 he married Susan Donathen in Kewanna. She survives.

Ken was a retired rural postal carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Francesville. He attended Winamac First Christian Church and was a member of the Winamac Eagles #2580, Monterey American Legion Post #399 and was a lifetime member of the Winamac V.F.W. #1728.

Ken was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed watching all sports. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, bowling, horseshoes, softball, and trips to the casino. He was so happy when Andriana joined the HS golf team. Ken inherited the Hamman love for all types of card games. Ken loved fishing anywhere-oceans, rivers, lakes and ponds-but especially his excursions to Lake Erie with Big John and Charlie.  They were great friends to him and found ways to make it possible for him to keep fishing at the pond the last few years.

Ken most of all loved spending time with his family, especially his daughter and grandchildren who made him so proud. Family was important and he enjoyed anytime he could be with them. He loved the Hamman Thanksgiving reunion with hopes of having 100 family members attending every year. Family dinners, trips with in-laws and extended family, and family cookouts were special times together.

Survivors include: His wife of 50 years, Susan Hamman, Winamac,Daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Doug Smith, Winamac, Granddaughter, Andriana Eileen Eva Smith, Indianapolis, Grandson, Aidan Edward Everett Smith, Winamac, Second mother, Phyllis Hamman, Monterey, Sister, Kimberly (Jack) Mitch, Upland, Brothers, Brian (Christi Farlow) Hamman, Culver, Kevin (Melissa) Bean, Logansport, Tony (Twyla) Bean, Monterey, Brothers-in-law, Larry (Joyce) Donathen, Franklin, Jon Donathen, Grass Creek, Uncle Ron Hamman, Kewanna, Uncle Robert Engle, Kewanna, Bill and Marilyn Moon, Rochester, Nieces and Nephews: Amanda Donathen ,Shannon and Kyle Grandstaff, Stephanie and Alex Mitch, Jessica Bean, Ashley Bean, Bailey Bean, Katelun Hamman Kaylee Balasa, Jessika Peterson, Taylor Balasa, Ryan and Dana Conley, Matthew Donathen, Alex and Heather Donathen, Branden and Brandi Lewis, Zachary Mitch, and Cody Bean.  He is also survived by numerous great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Ralph and Mary Rachel Hamman, Father and Mother-in-law, Charles William and Eileen Donathen, Sister, Constance Conley and Sister-in-law, Diana Donathen.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the First Christian Church in Winamac with Pastor Jeff Segar officiating.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 13, 2020 at the church.

Burial with full military rites will be performed at the Winamac Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 399 in Monterey and/or the Winamac Eagles #2580.

Please sign Ken’s online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Hamman family at​. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Harrison Chapel, 304 S. Chicago St., Royal Center.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Celebration of Life

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Starts at 11:30 am (Eastern time)

First Christian Church (Winamac)

106 South Market Street, Winamac, IN 46996

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