His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Congregational Christian Church in Roberts with the Rev. Tom Jones officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Friday) at the church and for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Lyman Township Cemetery in Roberts with military rites accorded.
Bud was born on Feb. 29, 1928, in Cornell, a son of Chet and Mary Ann (Hahn) Hamilton. He married the love of his life, Marilyn McCorkle, on May 1, 1955, in Roberts.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Roberts; three sons, Greg (Monica) Hamilton of Gilman, Scott (Linda) Hamilton of Covington, La., and Mark Hamilton of San Francisco, Calif.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five brothers and sisters, Raymond (Jane) Kurtenbach of Gilman, Rosemary Wright of Normal, Jeanne (Bob) Gerdes of Piper City, Patricia (Tom) Grimsey of Champaign and John (Carol) Kurtenbach of Roberts; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Chester "Chub" Hamilton, and his parents.
Bud graduated from Roberts High School, where his love of sports began. He attended Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, Mo., where he participated in track and field, swimming and basketball. He carried that love of sports through the years by being actively supportive of his son's activities as well as other friends and family.
He was an avid Illini fan, voracious reader, NASCAR fan and took interest in anything his family deemed important.
Bud's strong patriotism began by proudly serving the U.S. Marine Corps, where he earned a Rifle Sharp Shooter medal. His service to his country continued through his many years as the Lyman Township precinct committeeman and support of the Republican Party. He was a member of the Roberts Congregational Christian Church and the Masonic Lodge. He served as a board member on the Ford Central School Board and was a Boy Scout leader.
During his working years, he served as Timekeeper for the workers when Central Soya was built in Gibson City and later retired in 1983 from Illinois Central Railroad.
Family and friends will remember Bud for his love of movies, photography, sports, eating out, reminiscing with friends and family and never ending a discussion without referencing "my wife and my boys." Memorials may be made to the Roberts Gym, the Congregational Christian Church, or the Roberts Library.