5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017 at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln
10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home
Charles F. Hamilton, 88, of Lincoln passed away on
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at The Christian
Village in Lincoln.
Charles was born on July 11, 1929 in East St. Louis.
Early in the depression, his family moved to
McLeansboro where he grew up. The son of Warner
Floyd and Ida Gertrude “Gertie” (Renfrow) Hamilton.
Charles was the youngest of seven children. He
married Helen Langston on September 10, 1949 in La
Plata, MD. After 33 years of marriage, Helen passed
away on March 1, 1983. Charles found love again and
married Marjorie Lee Thompson Wilkinson on December
27, 1986 in Lincoln. She survives.
Charles is also survived by his daughters; Angela
(Bob) Hentrich, Chillicothe, and Christina (Russell)
Ashbaugh, Atlanta, step daughters, Karen (Joe)
Udwari, Punta Gorda, Florida, Amy (Stuart) Wilson,
Portage, Michigan, Celia Aguilar, Daly City,
California; and his sister, Anna Lee Cox, Cumming,
GA. Additionally, Charles is survived by four
grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, five
great-grandchildren, another to be born in November,
eight step-great-grandchildren, and one on the way.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his
first wife, Helen; three sisters, and two brothers,
two step daughters, Rebecca Wilkinson and Peggy
Charles had a strong faith and loved the church and
the Bible. He loved his family and his family loved
him! He left a great legacy of faith and character
for his family. He was a member of Lincoln Christian
Church for sixty-five years serving in many areas
over the years including but not limited to; Elder,
Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and Sunday school
superintendent. He and his wife Marge served with
the bus ministry at the church.
Charles was a printer by trade he learned in his
father’s print shop. He worked at the Lincoln
Courier, Lincoln Printers, Inc. Published the
Lincoln Shopper and Lincoln Graphic. Served on the
board of Inner City Mission in Springfield, served
with The Prison Ministry at Logan Correctional
Center, Head Start- Bus Driver and Grandparent
Program, He also worked with the Gideons to provide
Bibles in prisons.
Services for Charles will be held at 10:00 a.m. on
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln,
with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will take
place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 18,
2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will take
place in New Union Cemetery after the services.
Memorial donations may be made in Charles’ name to
Lincoln Christian Church or donor’s choice.
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