Irving Ansel Hamilton
May 11, 1924 – October 21, 2020
The family of Irving Ansel Hamilton is saddened to announce his passing at the age of 96 years on the afternoon of October 21. We are also joyful that he has been called to our Heavenly Father. Irving was born to Frank and Myrtle Hamilton. He was the second of four siblings and was raised in Salina, Kansas. The family later moved to Wichita, Kansas where he met and married Marie Jeck in 1945. Together they raised 3 sons and 1 daughter. Irving worked at Boeing Aircraft Company for 35 years as an Aero-Engineer.
Irving and Marie retired to Austin, TX in 1985 and joined St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. They were very active in the life of their church as members of the Great Club where they formed lifelong friends. Irving and Marie celebrated 71 years of marriage before Marie went to her eternal home in 2016. Irving is also preceded in death by his sister, Viona, and her husband, William Kouns; his brother, Weldon Hamilton and his wife, Jean; and his brother-in-law, Liborio Genova. He is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen Genova; sons, Michael Hamilton and wife, Janice, Richard Craig Hamilton and Thomas Hamilton and wife, Dana; daughter, Cynthia Cash; 5 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 13 nieces and nephews.
He will be remembered for his handyman skills; He built 3 homes in his lifetime. One was in Manhattan, Kansas. He was attending Kansas State University and needed a place to stay, so he enlisted the aid of his sister, Mary Ellen, and built the house that summer. The second home was in Wichita, Kansas; they needed a bigger home for a growing family. The third was closer in town to have school activities more accessible.
Most of all, friends and family will remember his sense of humor. He loved to tell jokes and draw silly pictures. We will treasure those pictures in the journals he left. We all know what advice he will be giving us as we remember him, “Keep a good thing going!"
- Michael Hamilton
- Thom Hamilton
- Blake Hamilton
- Tyler Cash
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Irving Ansel Hamilton
Mary Ellen Genova
October 29, 2020
Irving was the brother who made Mother laugh. I always said Irving was Mother's favorite - he made her laugh and I made her cry... He was really a tease and sometimes that was hard. My favorite story was the morning he had a friend staying at the house overnight. I was getting ready for school and so tired and getting dressed and Irving and his friend were laughing at me.
After I was totally dressed and ready, Irving looked at me, and said, "Where are you going?" And I said, "I'm going to school!" And he replied, "On a Saturday?"
I was so angry, but he and his friend laughed like crazy. It was a great joke. But he was a great brother. He would also do wonderful things for me, like when he surprised me with a gown once, that I wouldn't have been able to buy.
When I was 16 and Irving 19 we went to Manhattan KS and built a house. We did pretty well until we found out we built the floor backwards.
We had wonderful conversations these past years and talked for hours about the old days living on the farm. I will miss him so. I love you Irving.
For those who enjoyed the Tribute movie: I do not know all the pictures, but I can perhaps clarify a few things... Please forgive my memory.
1)Mother and Father and Don and David visiting in TX at the Alamo
2)Mother and Father at Pleasant Hill School, the one-room schoolhouse where Irving and I went to school. It had 7 children.
3)The 4 of us with Mother, I think this is Father's funeral, 1954
4)Irving and Willie Kouns
5)Mother and Father, and Gertrude Florence Hamilton (Father's Mother), and Irving and Marie. Irving used to call Grandma "Gertie" and she would get so angry!
7) Mother in front of Irving's car
8) The four of us with Mother. This may also be a funeral picture.
9) All four children and spouses with Mother
... Picture 17 is Megertabelle, the car we drove to Manhattan KS in. Irving drove it everywhere, and he named it after grandmother. She didn't like that!
October 28, 2020
I will miss Uncle Irving's genuine smile. He was a very pleasant person to be with. He seemed to laugh and enjoy life as it meandered along. My mother has shared quite a few of precious memories of her brother recently. I learned that when their Mother couldn't purchase the pink gown Mom wanted badly for a high school social, Irving went out and bought it for her! How thoughtful!
Sincere condolences to the Hamilton and Cash families.
The Pyle family
October 27, 2020
I have one main memory of Mr Hamilton as he was a good friend of my parents.
I remember his Smiling Face. It seemed he was always smiling! A pleasure to be around. My parents loved him and Marie!
God Bless my good friend Michael and the rest of the family.
October 26, 2020
My first memory of Irving and his lovely wife Marie was when I first joined St. Albert's and went to one of the Great Club's brunch's. I walked into a room full of strangers and sat next to Irving and Marie. They were no strangers from the first minute I met them but warm hearted and very friendly people. Irving talked a mile a minute as though we had been friends for life. That's how he made you feel, very much a part of the group. I will always be grateful I got to know Irving and Marie. Being a Kansan myself I knew he came from good stock. He will be missed by many of us.