William “Bill” Hamilton, 59, of Prineville, Ore., passed away Jan. 22, 2010. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Bill was born in Havre, Mont., on March 17, 1950, to Claude and Eulalia (Montee) Hamilton. He attended Havre Public High School in Havre, Mont. He was a talented athlete, competing in track and basketball. He attended Northern Montana College from 1968 to 1972, earning a broad field science degree. He taught science and coached football and track from 1972 to 1974 at Havre High School in Havre, Mont. He later worked as a banker and then for the police and sheriff’s department in Columbia Falls, Mont. In 1979, he went to work for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in Havre and became an engineer, retiring in 2002. He substitute taught in the Helena Public Schools in Helena, Mont., from 2002-2005 In 1969, he married Janice J Schmitt of Libby, Mont. They had two children, Libby was born in 1973, and Robb was born in 1976. In 2005, Bill married Lorna Petrovich in Helena, Mont. The couple moved to Prineville, Ore., six months later. Bill was a lifetime member of the Masons of Montana Lodge 134. Bill enjoyed riding motorcycles and was an avid car enthusiast. He owned and showed many street rods during his lifetime. He also loved to collect and display model cars. He enjoyed listening to music and designing sound systems. He is survived by his wife, Lorna Hamilton of Prineville, Ore.; his father, Claude E. Hamilton of Elko, Nev.; his daughter, Libby Hill of North Carolina; and his son, Robb Hamilton of North Carolina. He had one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eulalia M Hamilton, in 1982. Suggested memorials are: March of Dimes/Bikers for Babies, 1220 SW Morrison St., Ste. 510, Portland, OR 97205, (503) 222-9434 or the Prineville Senior Center, 180 Belknap St,, Prineville, OR 97754, (541) 447-6844. The family is entrusting the arrangements to Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 185 N.E. 4th St. Prineville, OR 97754, (541) 416-9733.
WILLIAM HAMILTON obituary
Published: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
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