Strate Funeral Home

329 East Grand Coulee Ave, Grand Coulee, WA


Chester Lee Hamilton

October 30, 1953August 4, 2020

Chester Lee Hamilton of Grand Coulee, WA

Born in October of 1953 in Sugar Creek Missouri, Chester passed away peacefully at his home in Grand Coulee, Washington on August 4, 2020.

Chester grew up in Buckner, Missouri, where he enjoyed his childhood on the farm with his brother, Chuck and parents Glenn and Delores. He went to college at University of Central Missouri where he achieved a bachelor's degree in Industrial Safety and made several life-long friends. After college he headed west and spent time in Colorado. Chester first moved to Washington in 1980 and made it his home for life. He worked many jobs but most recently was an independent contractor for Risk Management. After meeting Lisa, the love of his life, in the year of 2001, he settled right into being a family man. In 2006 he became “Papa Chester.” When his granddaughter, Madyson, needed someone to raise her, he stepped up to the plate without batting an eye. They were fishin’ buddies, campin’ buddies and best friends. He was the Papa all the grandkids needed and deserved. Chester never missed an opportunity to watch his grandchildren excel in sports, drama, singing and dancing.

Chester was a lifelong sportsman, never missing a chance to drop a line in the water or head up to Deer Camp. He had many wonderful memories at the family cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks and was able to be there with his parents before they passed away. Chester truly loved being out in nature. He called our home “God's Country”. He always loved keeping in touch and meeting in Colorado with lifetime friends. Survived by his loving wife Lisa Hamilton of Grand Coulee, Lisa’s two children, Jennifer (Mark) Shelton and Daniel Voss, of Moses Lake, his bonus son, Dominic Bonomi of Cle Elum, his loving brother, Charles (Cynthia) Hamilton of Apple Valley, MN, his two endearing nieces: Charissa Dyer of Blue Springs, MO, Calie Hanuman of Brunsville, MN, and their families. Parents-in-law Kenny and Betty Kriete who loved him like a son. Too many lifetime friends to mention (he loved you all). His precious dogs Amy and Ginger truly lived up to “Man’s Best Friend”.

Most of all his beloved grandchildren: Madyson, Lily, Ava, Everett, Deryk, Devyn, Max, Hope, Liam, Hunter, Alex, and Kathryn. The Lights of His Life.

Chester was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Delores Hamilton of Apple Valley, MN.

Chester, Lisa and Madyson enjoyed a wonderful week in Long Beach, WA for a final family vacation in July. The sun shined and we were blessed. He proclaimed that vacation as his final decision to retire!

The family will be holding a small service in September and plan to have the grand party that Chester deserves next summer. Wear your favorite Hawaiian Shirt!

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer's Association in his honor and in honor of his mother.

Strate Funeral Home, Grand Coulee assisting. Please sign Chester’s online Register book, http://www.stratefuneral.com


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Sue Lecoe

August 18, 2020

We have so many good memories of Chester at all the family gatherings, camping, and fishing. He will be missed.

Gary Turner

August 18, 2020

Very sad to hear of the passing of Chester, one of our favorite safety consultants at Safety Evaluations of America, Atlanta Georgia.
Chester worked with us for many years, was always pleasant, helpful and engaging on the telephone. He was the consummate professional, always wanting to do an excellent job. We wished we had 100 more Chesters.
He shared various times of his hunting and fishing trips, even calling me once from out in the woods, to tell me what I was missing, LOL.
Chester called to share with me his decision to retire and we were certainly happy for him. It was much too short.
He will be missed by everyone Safety Evaluations.
Prayers for all his family and may Chester have everlasting life.

Lesli “Susan” Lehrman

August 15, 2020

My sweet brother-in-law loved my sister, Madyson, and all of his grandchildren, nephews and nieces beyond measure. He always was there to help everyone who needed it without question. One of the most recent memories just a month ago was when he took his grandson Everett out panning for gold a few more miles up from our place. Just the two of them what a special memory that will always be for Everett. They came back beaming with their treasures. That same weekend when he, Mom and Dad And I stayed a couple of extra days.. one morning I walked over to his site and he asked me if I wanted some coffee... I sure did and we sat back behind his trailer in his favorite spot sipped our (very strong) coffee just visiting and enjoying nature. Dad joined later and I now will never forget what a special morning that was.

Rest In Peace... we will never forget you and will always love you ❤️


Lindsey Dvorak

August 14, 2020

I've been trying to wrap my head around ALL the amazing memories that we have had over the years with Chester but it's so dang hard!! It's easiest to start with this summers.
Going up to Entiat and going on a morel mushroom hunt with him because I knew how dang obsessed he was with them then him frying them up to eat and making them palatable which he has been known to do with oysters and clams before for me even tho I'm not a fan of any. But he always knows how to make things tasty. The way his face lit up about those mushrooms. Man I miss him. And him sitting around mixing up spodee all day then enjoying it with us around the fire and us having the BEST chats that night around the fire with our flammable spodee
His amazing laugh, his smile, his joy, even his grumpy mornings. I loved him so much. I'll never forget the time the guys went and took their inner tubes for an "adeventure" with a case of beer and went tubing and were to pick them up down the river in 30 minutes or so....they walked back first....each wearing one shoe, Chester had blood running down his leg and a glazed over confused look on his face after he went bottoms up over a rock lost his pants and shoes on their adventure. SO good.
Christmas time when Chester made amazing foods and wore his grinch head. Times spent by the river watching him pan for gold. Or just sitting by the river and The amazing chats that were had there under his umbrella and with his smokes and special drinks. His biscuits and gravy on Sundays. The way he treated his dogs like his children.
The way he became dad and papa at the same moment when he came into our family without a second thought. He LOVED his family SO much even though we were not blood family to him he definitely KNEW he was our family and truly enjoyed spending time with us. The journal entries he wrote this year up camping solidified his true love for his family and he will forever be missed. The river won't be the same without you Chester. Truly.

Wendy Sandmann

August 14, 2020

Chester and I met in the 90's working for Prudential Ranch & Home Real Estate in Moses Lake. His mischievous smile and lightheartedness was a special contribution to my workday. We spent many Saturdays visiting during floor time (he really wanted to be fishing) and he enjoyed bringing in his smoked fish or game to share. Chester and I both left real estate and I didn't see him for years. We were reconnected through my coworker/friend and his wife Lisa. I often went to Grand Coulee to work in the GMHC office and Chester would make a point to stop in and visit. He truly loved to connect with people and always brightened my day when I saw him. My heart is with you Lisa and your family. We were all blessed to know him. Rest easy Chester, thank you for leaving that great smile with us all.

Alan Cain

August 14, 2020

I am a recent friend of Chester - we walked our dogs regularly at Crescent Bay and fixed the world; the improvements are ours. He was an excellent conversationalist; he often spoke kindly of his family, especially Madyson, whom he loved. Chester was a warm, bright light in my world, and I miss him terribly. The mark of a good man is having friends and dogs who care about him and miss him; I will, for a long time.

Brian Murray

August 11, 2020

Chester will always be known to many my best friend. With the over 40 plus years of fond memories that I will always hold dear to my heart. So many wonderful journeys we shared together through the years. He will be with me forever. His whole outlook of don’t worry be happy on living life to it’s fullest each and every day has touched so many of us through the years. Life is too short to not enjoy. You just don’t find them like Chester that’s for sure. I will cherish his laugh ,smile , love and Chester always being Chester . He is an unmistakable wonderful man that will always make my heart beat only happy beats .May you Rest In Peace my brother you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all my love always.

Dan and Patti Turner

August 11, 2020

Chester was always so cheerful and always brighten the room. We had many years at deer camp with Chester and his interesting cooking skills. He lived his life with passion, loved his family and friends! We'll miss your smiling face and great sense humor!
Our prayers and thoughts go out to Lisa and family.

Angela Thurman

August 11, 2020

I remember meeting Chet and his wonderful family for the first time in summer 2018. Chet was always happy and full of life. I could tell right away he was the life of the party wherever he ventured. Sadly, we met at his parents funeral. But I remember him always looking at the bright side and sharing funny stories about growing up on the farm with Chuck. I admired how he loved his wife and madyson and how he always seemed to be smiling. I'm sure he is smiling now still. I didn't you you very long or very well Chet. But I will miss you.

Tim & Grace O'Sullivan

August 7, 2020

When we moved to Grand Coulee in 2015, Chet introduced himself to us bringing freshly caught trout. His warm hospitality made us feel welcomed. He loved to fish. I'm so glad we were able to take him out on our boat. He was the only one catching fish! It was a fun but cold day out on Banks. (Video to send to family.)
Chet also had a creative and humorous side. Madison's (granddaughter) school had a funky dress up day and this is the result of Chet's imagination!
Chet, our neighborhood won't be the same without you. You added color to our lives and will be missed. RIP, walk with God.


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