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Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Milo Hamilton

September 2, 1927September 17, 2015
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Hall of Fame sports announcer, and former voice of the Houston Astros, Milo Hamilton, passed away in Houston on Thursday morning, the 17th of September 2015. He was 88.

Milo was a proud native of Fairfield, Iowa born the 2nd of September 1927 to Milo and Cleo Hamilton. He was well known for a stellar career in broadcasting that spanned 70 years but there was much more to the man.

Milo was a loving son, husband, and father. Milo never forgot his hometown of Fairfield, Iowa, so much so he made every effort to make it back to Iowa on a yearly basis to visit his beloved city of Fairfield as well as Davenport, where he met Arlene, his wife of 53 years. Upon his graduation from Fairfield High School, Milo enlisted in the Navy and served proudly during WWII as a member of the Navy Seabees. During his 30 years in Houston he took great pride in participating in many functions and ceremonies to honor the military. Milo is a proud graduate of the University of Iowa and followed his beloved Hawkeyes sports teams with great passion. He leant his name and time to numerous charitable organizations and took great pride to know he helped raise $50 million in contributions.

To get away from the spotlight of his career, Milo loved fine restaurant dining and hunting. To have an enjoyable meal with friends or family at one of his favorite restaurants brought him more joy than most would imagine. Milo’s love of hunting and his hunting dogs gave him an opportunity to be with close friends, and was by far the most cherished time to spend with his son Mark (“Muggsy”). “HOLY TOLEDO” Milo had a DOUBLE BLUE STAR life.

Milo was preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Cleo Hamilton; his beloved wife Arlene; and his loving daughter, Patricia Joy. He is survived by his son, Mark Edwin Milo Hamilton of Roswell, GA; and Mark’s long-time partner, Katie Bishop; two sisters-in-law, Kate Dittmer of Eldridge, Iowa and Phyllis Wahlig of Davenport, Iowa.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until eight o'clock in the evening on Thursday, the 24th of September, in the Jasek Chapel and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, in Houston.

A funeral service for family and close friends is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 25th of September, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons.

At a later date the family will gather for a private inurnment service in Iowa.

The family respectfully requests and cordially invites fans to pay their respects from three until five o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 25th of September, and from nine o’clock in the morning until five o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th of September, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Milo's name be directed to the Astros Foundation c/o Minute Maid Park; 501 Crawford St., Houston, TX, 77002; or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5433 Westheimer Rd. #300, Houston, TX, 77056.

Services

  • Visitation with the Family Thursday, September 24, 2015
  • The Funeral Service Friday, September 25, 2015
  • In State for Paying of Respects Friday, September 25, 2015
  • In State for Paying of Respects Saturday, September 26, 2015
  • In State for Paying of Respects Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Mary Lou Briggs

October 13, 2015

My heart is broken. I listened to Milo on the radio from when I was a child until I was a grandmother. He was my connection to the baseball world before cable TV and such a big part of my life. May he rest in peace in the arms of Jesus.

October 6, 2015

Mark,

I'm a bit tardy with my condolences, but want you to know that I am still thinking about you, Katie and Milo. I was struck by one of the many online tributes where Milo was being interviewed and made the statement to the effect that, "Once a good friend, always a good friend and you don't forget good friends!" If there was ever a person who lived by that code, it was Milo Hamilton. As you may recall, after my parents were married, their first apartment here in Fairfield was across the street from Milo's family home. Milo was a freshman at Fairfield High School. I'll always remember him telling me that when he saw my folks, he thought they were a couple of movie stars moving in across the street. He loved my folks and they loved Milo! Milo would always gather my folks and all his great Fairfield friends each time he came to Fairfield. I always thought we should take him to dinner, but oh, no, Milo insisted on picking up the tab. As "the kid", I was so lucky to have been included in that group and to hear all the stories. What is so special to me is that when my dad was ill and passed in February 2014, Milo called me at least a dozen times to check on Mom and then called several times after Mom passed this past March to check on me. I know how busy he was, even in retirement, but he never forgot a good friend! I'll bet we talked for an hour and a half on that last call. We talked about hunting quail, growing up in Fairfield and various friends and family, the Hawkeyes, Astros, and on and on! As you said, Mark, cherish those conversations! And do I ever!!! He never forgot any good friend, no matter how busy he was! I will miss very much hearing my cell ring and seeing his number pop up with his booming voice on the other end, "Is this the Fairfield Flash?!?!" followed by totally enjoyable conversations! It always makes me smile!

Fairfield, Houston and the world lost a dear friend with a huge and caring heart, generous with is time and money and a guy, who I might add, was incredibly fun and funny! We're all going to miss you very much, Milo! TG (Fairfield, Iowa)

Jeff Liebermann

October 6, 2015

My love for baseball was fostered by the play-by-play voices who made it real, and Milo was the best. Years later, I was thrilled to meet him for dinner at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee--the first of many meals we would share over the next decade. It was a pleasure to call him a friend, and he will forever be a legendary Hawkeye. On Iowa! Go Astros! Jeff Liebermann, Iowa City IA

Kenia Rivera

October 1, 2015

Estimada familia siento mucho la situación que están pasando. Por esa razon me gustaría compartir esta maravillosa promesa que nos da la Biblia en Revelación" 21;3,4"Con eso, oí una voz fuerte desde el trono decir: Mira! La tienda* de Dios está con la humanidad, y él residirá* con ellos, y ellos serán sus pueblos. Y Dios mismo estará con ellos. 4 Y limpiará toda lágrima de sus ojos, y la muerte no será más, ni existirá ya más lamento ni clamor ni dolor. Las cosas anteriores han pasado. así que volveremos aver a Milo en mundo nuevo.

September 29, 2015

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your love one. My prayers are with you and your family.

LA

September 28, 2015

Sorry for the loss of Milo. My condolences to the Hamilton family. He did what he loved to do for a long time and did it well. May the peace that God gives be with you during this stressful time~Romans 15:33.

September 27, 2015

Sorry for your loss, Mary God wonderful future promise console your heart- John 6:40

Mary Jane Tristan-Garcia

September 25, 2015

As a child playing out under the street light, I can remember hearing Milo's voice coming through the screen window as daddy relaxed listening to the Houston Astros.
Never would I have dreamed that later as a grown woman coming to work for a radio station that I would have the opportunity to know you.
Words cannot describe the admiration and respect I have for you. I will dearly miss you coming into the lobby and saying to me "Hey Kid, how are you".
Rest in Peace my dearest friend.

Matt Boltz

September 25, 2015

The Hall of Fame is lucky to have you Play.

September 25, 2015

II know great things about Milo through his Son Mark, I saw how loved he was when Mark talked about him. He touched the hearts of so many people..

Carol-Ann Greene

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