Ralph R. Hamilton
On 01/21/2021 Ralph R. Hamilton was reunited with his parents and youngest son, Rick Hamilton, in heaven. He passed peacefully after complications from Parkinson's and Dementia. He was 75 years of age. Ralph was born to Richard and Rose Hamilton in Cohocton, New York in the spring of 1945. Growing up in a large family, Ralph was one of seven children. He enjoyed the outdoors and wrestling as a child and young man. After high school Ralph had a strong calling to duty where he served in both the Marine Corps and the Army faithfully, most notably during the Vietnam war. Ralph enlisted in the Marines in 1964, six days after his 19th birthday, and served two tours in Vietnam as a Communications Specialist. In 1968, at the end of his four year enlistment, he was honorably discharged. While in the Marines he received the following commendations: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device and the Good Conduct Medal. He remained in the Marine Corps Inactive Reserve for two years after his discharge from service. He enlisted in the Army in 1974. He served six years as a Communication Specialist, rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and was honorably discharged in 1982. While in the Army, he received the following commendations: Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal (second award), two Overseas Service Bars and the M16 Expert Badge. After his time in services concluded he went on to have a fulfilling career working close to 30 years for AT&T. Later in life and retirement Ralph really valued his peace and tranquility, and nothing brought him more peace than his family, dogs, tinkering around the house, yard work and fishing. Ralph is survived by his wife Angie Hamilton. This is a big, blended family that Ralph and Angie cared for and loved all of their children together. Together they had eight children, 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Ralph's five children are Amy Hamilton and spouse Kevin Quarles, Brett Hamilton and spouse Lisa Hamilton, Tonya Patterson and spouse Justin Patterson, Tim R Hamilton and spouse Tara Hamilton and Rick Hamilton who preceded him in death. Angie's three children are Harry Knight and spouse Marion Knight, Kevin Knight and spouse Tricia Knight and Sandra Knight. Ralph's seven grandchildren are Kursty Morgan, Karmen Morgan, Katlin Morgan, Nicholas Beck, Zackery Beck, Anna Beck, and Lucas R Hamilton. Angie's five grandchildren are Casey Knight, Nichole Drayton, Kennedy Drayton, Gage Knight, and Brandon Knight. Ralph's two great grandchildren are Landon Boyer and Jonathan Quinton. Angie's eight great grandchildren are Olivia Drayton, Dominic Fregeau, Santino Fregeau, Kennedy Jr Drayton, Brennon Drayton, Izik Lafontaine, Laklyn Drayton and Genevieve Knight. Ralph is also survived by his six siblings. Three brothers, Gerald Hamilton, Roland Hamilton and Roy Hamilton and three sisters, Elonda Sutfin, Kathleen Scranton, and Patricia Hamilton.
Posted online on February 14, 2021