Roy C. Hamann, age 97, of Wall, S.D., died Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.
Roy C. Hamann was born October 12, 1916, in Bloomfield, Neb., the son of Hans and Augusta (Jurgensen) Hamann. Six weeks later, he moved with his mother to South Dakota to joined his father who had filed a claim 26 miles north of Wall. Roy attended the first grade at the Hamann School and stayed with his grandparents. He then attended the South Creighton School with 29 other students and one teacher. During the Depression years, Roy worked on WPA in place of his dad, and also worked on NYA in Quinn.
Roy was united in marriage to Dorothy Strandell on September 17, 1940. They worked for Ray Paulsen for a short time before moving to Gary, Ind., where he worked for the steel mills making bridge parts. When WWII started, Roy and Dorothy moved back to South Dakota and lived on the Strandell place for two years. They then made their home on Roy’s parents’ place north of Creighton in April 1944. Roy did electrical and mechanic work along with some farming and ranching. He also worked for Boeing Company when they were in Wall.
While in Creighton, Roy served on the school board and was an elder at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. In March 1966, they moved to Wall where Roy worked as a custodian for West River Electric. They later needed an electrical repairman, so Roy got his electrical license and worked on appliances and worked on the line crew when needed. Roy retired in 1982, and then was voted a director for West River Electric, a position he held until 1996. They continued to make their home in Wall.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Hamann, of Wall; two sons, Bob Hamann and Bill Hamann, both of Wall; one daughter, Lucille Holsether, of Wall; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Helen Hanewinckel, and one great-granddaughter, Alexis Hernandez.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 2, at the First Lutheran Church, with Pastor Curtis Garland officiating.
Music was provided by Mary Kay Wilson, pianist, and Lu Ann Garland, vocalist.
Ushers were Jef Wilsey and Josh Geigle. Pallbearers were Roy’s grandchildren.
Interment was held at the Wall Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. His online guestbook is available at www. rushfuneralhome.com