Donald "Don" R. Hamilton

Born: Fri., Feb. 22, 1946
Died: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018


Visitation

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 14, 2018
Location: Hartman Sons Funeral Home


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 15, 2018
Location: Hartman Sons Funeral Home


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Waynesfield, Ohio

Donald "Don" R. Hamilton, 72, died at 5:40 am, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at Lima Memorial Hospital.  He was born February 22, 1946, in Lima, to Richard J. Hamilton and Helen L. (Edwards) Hamilton Braunagel.  They both preceded him in death.

On December 21, 1968, he married Susan Malin, and she survives in Waynesfield.

Don is survived by two daughters, AshLee (Tim) Hamilton McGranor and AuBree (Ryan) Lucas both of Columbus; five grandchildren, Malin, Sylvia, Cyrus, Elliott and Sullivan; and one sister, Kay (Gary) Downing of Columbus Grove.  

He was preceded in death by one brother, Tom Hamilton and one sister, Carol Zeller.

Don was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School, class of 1964 and Bluffton College, class of 1968, with his Bachelor of  Business Administration.  He played football and baseball while at Bluffton College.  Don taught at Hardin Northern, Bluffton and Bath High Schools.  He was a football coach at all three schools, having been the Head Coach at Bluffton, winning the NWC Championship his last year there.  In addition to teaching, he sold Real Estate for Ron Spencer for over 35 years.  He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Lima, where he served as an usher for many years.  Don was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed annual fishing trips in Canada for almost 40 years.  He was a proud and loving husband, brother, father and grandfather.  His greatest joy was the love and laughter shared with family and many, many friends.

Services will begin at 11:00 am, Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, Pastor Megan Croy will officiate with burial to follow in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove.

Friends may call from 2:00-6:00 pm on Friday, December 14, 2018, at Hartman Sons Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bluffton University Athletic Department.

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Leroy Reed
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was one of the good guys.

Sherry Cottle Graham
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you - now and forever. I am sorry to hear about Don’s passing.




Joe and Carol Bunn
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
We extend our most sincere sympathy to Sue the girls and their families.

The class of 1964 has lost one of the really good guys and friends.
We are blessed to have known Don and know he will be missed by his family, classmates and friends.

He is in the arms of Jesus and we will all see him again.

Praying that God will extend his amazing grace,love and comfort at this time of great loss.

Joe and Carol

Kelley Griesmer
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
Sending much love to the entire Hamilton family. We are so very sorry for your loss and hope you find great comfort in your love for each other at this difficult time. So many of us are thinking of you and have you in our prayers.

Mindi Wicker
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
Don was a great teacher and we will treasure the fun memories from classes with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Mindi (shrider)wicker
Bath high school

Kathy Smith
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
May God wrap his arms around the whole Hamilton family at this time. Don, you will never be forgotten. Kathy (Metzger) Smith

Gary Wolfe
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
Sue and family
My deepest sympathy to all you. Don was such a fun guy to be around. I remember our morning chats and coffee in his room before school and being
an assistant to him coaching junior high football. And could never forget those card nights! Keeping you and AshLee and AuBree in our prayers ,


Gary and CANDEE Wolfe

Bruce and Marcia Arnold
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
We are so sorry to hear about Don's passing. We are thinking and praying for Sue and the family.

Sandy Beckett Youngpeters
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
So sorry to hearing of Mr. Hamilton's passing. I was one of the lucky one's to have him as a teacher at Bath. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Angie Mayer
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
Deepest sympathy to Dons family and friends. He was a wonderful teacher, I had the pleasure of being in his class as a sophomore at Bath high school, and neighbor also in later years. He was a truely wonderful man, honest and a great member of our community and will sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children.

Michael Hunt
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Kathy Earl
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
So sorry for your lost! Our prayer are with you guys now and in the coming weeks!! Hugs!!

Barb duval
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
The Duval family sends our love and sympathy to Sue and daughters. Don Made a great impact on the Bath community in school, on the ball fields and in his business. He will be missed.
Barb Jim Ben and Nicole

Cindy Reynolds
   Posted Fri December 14, 2018
I am so very sorry for your family's loss

Ron Geiser
   Posted Fri December 14, 2018
Was glad to see Don recently at a funeral in Bluffton. I was Bluffton News editor during his Bluffton teaching/coaching tenure and covered most of his games. He cared about his players, and he enjoyed great success with them. His 1974 10-0 Pirate team was one of the best in school history.

David & Carolyn Eakins
   Posted Fri December 14, 2018
Sue and Family,

We were so sad and shocked to read Don's obituary this morning. He was a great human being, and we are so sorry for your loss.

With loving memories,
David & Carolyn Eakins

Jim and Paula Langhals
   Posted Fri December 14, 2018
Knew Don in college, in education, and later through real estate. Just a really great guy.

judy miller
   Posted Fri December 14, 2018
Mr Hamilton was my drivers ed teacher in the early seventies at Bluffton high school. I have good road trip memories of that summer. So very sorry to hear of his passing.

Bruce Wasem
   Posted Fri December 14, 2018
Sue & Family, My deepest sympathy. Don was such a good teammate, classmate and friend. I'm so glad I got to see him again at last spring's reunion. His influence will go on for years through all of the young people he taught, and all of the young men he coached.

Brian Mauk
   Posted Fri December 14, 2018
I'm sorry to hear this. Coach Hamilton was one of the best coaches I've ever had. I was a member of the 1999 undefeated Bath Middle School football team and that year is a memory that I will never forget. Coach Hamilton is a big part of that memory. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Joan Nixon
   Posted Sat December 15, 2018
I knew Don when he taught at Bath High School. I always thought highly of Don. I am so sorry to learn of his passsing. Please accept my sympathy and prayers for all of your family. Sincerely Joan Nixon

Gail Wasem Rose
   Posted Sat December 15, 2018
Bruce, Dottie and I were saddened to learn of Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this difficult time. We have many memories from Bluffton of Don. He touched many students throughout his career. He will be remembered by many.

Paul Shenk
   Posted Sat December 15, 2018
Susan and family. Please accept my sympathy in this time of grief. I knew Don as a respected fellow Realtor. He was so good to work with. We will all miss him! Few men have had so much success in life as Don. He made this world a better place!

Cindy Raybern
   Posted Sat December 15, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

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