Obituary Details

James "Irish" Walter Hamilton

(06/06/1889 - 02/13/1955)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 02/17/1953

Walter Hamilton Dies in Hot Springs

Walter Hamilton of Edgemont, a brother-in-law of Mrs. Ethel DeGering and of Harry Boner of Hat Creek, died Monday at the Battle Mountain Sanatorium in Hot Springs.

Funeral services were being held Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 in Edgemont. The body was then being brought to Lusk for interment in the Lusk Cemetery beside the late Mrs. Hamilton who died in 1954 (should read 1953).

Full graveside Military rites were being held by Weiten-Dupes Post No. 4 of the American Legion with Raleigh Gagstetter in charge. He and Warren Schroefel folded the flag and Mr. Gagstetter presented it. Helmuth Klemke and Thomas Embrey were color bearers. The color guard was from the National Guard and the bugler was from Niobrara County High School.

The Peet Mortuary was in charge of the interment.

The Lusk Herald
March 3, 1955
Obituary of J. W. Hamilton Published

James Walter Hamilton, better known and "Irish" was born in Quebec, Canada, June 6, 1889.

"Irish" came to Edgemont in 1912, the first few years here he worked for and made his home with the Arthur J. Colgan family.

In 1917 he was employed by the Burlington Railroad Company, retiring from that work in 1947.

December 3, 1918 he enlisted in the services of World War I and received his discharge in 1919.

December 24, 1923 he was united in marriage to Myrtle Boner of Edgemont, sister of Mrs. Ethel DeGering and of Harry Boner of Hat Creek. To this union no children were born, but in their home they have had and cared for two nieces of Mrs. Hamilton's. Virginia Boner since a small child and Donna Rae since she was six months old.

Irish was an active member of the Railraod Brotherhood, V. F. W., The American Legion, Odd Fellows and Elk's Lodge.

James Walter Hamilton had been ill for some time, on January 4 entered the Veterans Hospital at Hot Springs, S. D., where he passed away February 13.

His wife preceded him in death, also his father and mother and a sister.

Surviving are one brother and a cousin in Quebec, Canada, Viginia and Donna Rae Boner of Edgemont, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at 1:00 p.m. in the Congregational Church in Edgemont with Rev. Dale Eden of the Assembly of God Church officiating.

Rev. Eden and Miss Donna Eden sang "Beyond the Sunset" and Miss Eden sang a solo: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."

Pallbearers were Chester Grffis, John Repenning, M. R. Seely, James Barker, Jason Faulkner and William Spencer.

Interment was in the Lusk cemetery with full military rites.

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Gravestone pictures courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project

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