James A. HamiltonJanuary 3, 1934 ~ August 14, 2017 (age 83)
James A. Hamilton, 83, of Princeton, Iowa, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at home on Monday, August 14, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.
His funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 18, 2017 at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the services on Friday. Burial with military honors provided by the LeClaire American Legion Buffalo Bill Post 347 will be in Salem Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Cemetery, of which Jim was President, or to the family, to be distributed amongst favorite charities.
Jim was born January 3, 1934 in Davenport, the son of Raymond & Gladys (Elliott) Hamilton. He was united in marriage to Betty Lively on April of 1955 and later to Carolyn S. Elverd in February of 1994 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A lifelong farmer, Jim enjoyed driving his tractors and the outdoor life of traveling and camping. He was well-read in history, particularly war history having been a veteran of the United States Army.
He will be remembered for always being willing to lend a hand; Jim enjoyed the company of his family and remained active throughout his days.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Carolyn; his children, Joni Zauhar of St. Petersburg, Florida, Robert Hamilton and his fiancé, Mary Swanson of Princeton, Jane (Loren) Niemann of DeWitt, Jay (Jenny) Hamilton of Davenport, Annie Cox of Davenport, Debbie (Dave) Kopf of Highland, Michigan, Jay (Sheila) Volrath of DeWitt and Martha (Jim) Coffman of Long Grove; twenty-three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Margaret & Harold Anderson; his grandson, Levi Hamilton; and his son-in-law, SSGT Nathan Cox.