Kenneth “Ken” G. Hamilton, 86, of Gnadenhutten passed away in Dover on March 10, 2021.
Ken was a lifelong resident of the area. He was born in Gnadenhutten on May 13, 1934 to the late Gail W. and Helen (Wardell) Hamilton. He grew up in Uhrichsville, graduated from Uhrichsville High School in 1952, and moved back to Gnadenhutten in 1956. After high school, Ken was part of the Railroad Battalion, attended Ohio University for two years, and also took some courses at Kent State. He then went to work for Dover Chemical for seventeen years, and in 1972 took part in building and managing the LK Restaurant in Uhrichsville, now Jerry’s, from where he retired in 1996.
Ken was a highly active member in both communities. He was president of the Indian Valley South Athletic boosters, president of the Uhrichsville Alumna, an Eagle Scout and Scout Master for the boy scouts, served on the Gnadenhutten Village Counsel for twelve years, four of those serving as Mayor and was a member of the Free & Accepted Masons, Port Washington Lodge #202, where he served as Past Master and Treasurer. Ken was a very skilled craftsman in woodworking and furniture building, making many items for his family and friends.
On October 31, 1953, Ken married Katherine Kennedy, whom he spent sixty-seven years with. Also surviving are three children: Christie Cochran of New Castle, Scott Hamilton (companion Violet Vickers) and Terry Hamilton both of Uhrichsville; eight grandchildren: Jesse (Heather) Cochran, Kelly (James) Ferenbaugh, Heather Baylor, Nathan Hamilton (companion Amy Emmert), Adam Hamilton (companion Grace Pearch), Aaron (Meghan) Hamilton, Bryan Fisher, and Allen Fisher; eighteen great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, a sister-in-law Paula Hamilton, and four nieces.
Preceding in death are brother Neal Hamilton, son-in-law Joel Cochran, and a daughter-in-law Chris Hamilton.
A private funeral service will be held by the Rev. Tom Klaserner. Memorial contributions may be made to Tuscarawas County Humane Society.
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