Willard Hammen, 86


Willard J. Hammen, 86, departed from this life to unite with his heavenly father, cherished wife, Bernice and granddaughter Kati. He was a patient at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and formerly lived in Random Lake.

He was born on Feb. 4, 1925 in the town of Sherman; a son of the late Jacob and Ella (nee Kraemer) Hammen.

He attended Silver Creek Grade School and received his 8th grade diploma in 1938 at the Kohler Recreation Hall along with 378 other Sheboygan County (all schools included except Plymouth, Sheboygan and Sheboygan Falls) students.
 
On July 6, 1946, Willard married Bernice Degnitz at St. Martinís United Church of Christ in Fillmore. The couple resided and farmed on the Hammen Homestead in the town of Sherman (Silver Creek) for 43 years, retiring in 1988.

Willard was a member of St. Paulís United Church of Christ in Silver Creek where he was an elder. He was currently a member of St. Johnís United Church of Christ in Random Lake.

He was a member of the Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Department where he served as chief for many years. He was also the chairman for the new town hall building committee after a fire destroyed the old building. He loved snowmobiling and was a member of the United Snowbirds Snowmobile Club in Random Lake. He enjoyed fishing, playing baseball and cookies/ice cream.
He also enjoyed watching all sports; however, the Milwaukee Braves and Green Bay Packers were his two favorite teams. He was in attendance at Lambeau Field when the Packers defeated the Cowboys in the 1967 National Championship ďIce Bowl.Ē

Survivors include four sons: Richard (Sally) Hammen of Hingham, Gerald (Mary) Hammen of Plymouth, Larry (Karen) Hammen of Random Lake, Dale (Sandy) Hammen of Sheboygan Falls; Seven grandchildren: Jeff Hammen (special friend, Robin) of Adell, Joel (Micheal) Hammen of Sheboygan, Jamie (Michelle) Hammen of Fredonia, Janine (Terry) Howell of Port Washington, Scott Hammen of Random Lake, Jos-hua Hammen of Sheboygan Falls, Cassie Hammen of Sheboygan Falls; Seven great-grandchildren: Mara, Haley, Tristin, Talen, River, Poetry and Calan; Three brothers-in-law: Merlin (Margie) Degnitz of Fillmore, Donald (Anita) Degnitz of Lisle, Ill., Roger (Rose) Degnitz of Fillmore; One sister-in-law, Shirley (Raymond) Lubbert of Slinger; and is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Willard was preceded in death by his wife: Bernice Hammen; granddaughter: Kati Hammen, siblings: Helga Stahl, Harvey Hammen, Eleanor Miller, Lucille Feiereisen, Clarence Hammen, Verna Goedde, Lorraine Hammen, Frederick Hammen and Myrtle Schleiden.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Rev. Don Niderfrank, Pastor of Random Lakeís St. Johnís UCC Church will officiate. There will be a private family burial held on Saturday at St. Paulís UCC Cemetery in Silver Creek.

Friends may call at Suchon Funeral Home on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of services.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the entire staff at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for the wonderful care that Willard received.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Willardís name for St. John United Church of Christ Random Lake Building Fund, Silver Creek Fire Department and Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Plymouth is serving his family.

For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.