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Earl C. Hammond

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Earl C. Hammond, also known as Bud, but "Buck" to most, of Copley, went on to greener pastures in the early morning hours on Saturday, June 23, 2018 while resting peacefully in the home where he was born 94 years ago.

Buck was a proud Veteran of the United States Navy and honorably served his Country during World War II. Immediately after his completion of tour, he returned home to take over his parent's farm and care for them. Shortly thereafter he married Mildred "Milly" Hartman. Buck and Mildred celebrated 55 wonderful years of marriage prior to her passing in 2001. Together they proudly raised three children, Thomas (Tom) Hammond, David (Cricket) Hammond and Janet (Janie/Jan) Rohrer on the original family homestead farm, where Cricket and Jan still call home today and where Tom called home until his passing in 2004.

For over a century the homestead has served as a gathering place for many family members, dear friends, and people passing by, as Buck continued the family tradition of helping others before himself. He knew no stranger and was always willing to offer a helping hand, listening ear, wise word of advice or share a memory with anyone who would listen.

Hunting, fishing, showing/riding horses, farming and gardening are just a few of the areas where Buck could share his personal expertise. If he wasn't at the farm house you could often find him in the woods chopping firewood, in the Sap Shak cooking down sap to homemade Maple Syrup, in one of his many gardens, bailing hay, digging potatoes, in the barn working on an antique tractor or in Minnesota fishing. He was very active and full of energy.

He was the strength of a loving family and leaves behind a strong foundation for his son, David (Cricket) Hammond; daughter, Jan (Janie) Rohrer; daughter-in-law, Jackie Thacker; grandchildren, Thomas (Tommy) Rohrer and wife Alisha, Robert (Bobby) Rohrer, wife Jamie and child; Tracey Oriti, husband Mike and children, Tammy Hammond-Dipolito, husband Mike and children; David Miller and wife Martine; Danny Hammond-Miller, wife Janie and children; extended family and countless dear friends.

Having positively touched and impacted so many lives over his 94 years here on the farm makes it easy to understand why is he so loved and will be dearly missed by so many!

A memorial service will be held at the Mt. Zwingli Church of Christ at the old stone chapel on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 2 P.M. followed by a celebration of life in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Summa Hospice Services.

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