Eldon B. Hamrick Sr.


Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2005


  Eidon B. Hamrick Sr.

Eidon B. Hamrick Sr.

Longtime Alaskan and Sterling resident Eldon B. Hamrick Sr. died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at his home in Sterling. He was 72.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2005, at the American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai.

Mr. Hamrick Sr. was born Aug. 29, 1932, in Vancouver, Wash. He moved to Alaska in1940, at the age of 8. He resided in Anchorage, Eagle, Kenai and Soldotna. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to1954 and attended Edison Tech School in Seattle from 1957-58.

He had numerous jobs — with the railroad, airlines, sales, oilfield and as a bartender. He also owned and operated a janitorial business and was a commercial fisherman. He retired from the oilfield in 1993. He also was a coin collector and enjoyed river running, hunting and fishing.

“Dad said, ‘If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right,’ and, ‘He never knew a stranger.’ One of the more popular phrases that he said was, ‘I came to Alaska in 1940, when I was 8 years old and I brought my parents with me.’ He was loved and will be missed by many. He was a wonderful husband, son, father and grandpa. He was adventurous and loved Alaska,” his family said.

Mr. Hamrick was preceded in death by his father, Garner Taft Hamrick.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ethel “Kim” Hamrick of Sterling; mother, Ruth Yohey of Shelton, Wash.; daughters and sons-in-law, Lenette and John VinZant of Soldotna; Lenora and Kenny Rodgers of Spokane, Wash., and Laura and Lyle Ludvick of Sterling; sons and daughters-in-law, Lester and Monica Hamrick of Yucca Valley, Calif., and Eldon Jr. and Shannon Hamrick of Soldotna; grandchildren, Adrea Hamrick, Brian, Michelle, Justin and John VinZant Jr., Crystal Hamrick, Justin and Cameron Rodgers, Shane and Charity Ludvick, Morgan Lancaster and Hunter Hamrick; and numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

The family prefers memorials be sent to Ethel “Kim” Hamrick, P.O. Box 1148, Sterling, AK 99672.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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