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Jess "Larry" Hamilton

Monday, June 8th, 1936 - Friday, November 8th, 2019
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Jess L. “Larry” Hamilton, 83

Jess L. “Larry” Hamilton, 83, of Ashland passed away Friday morning, November 8, 2019 at Brethren Care Village. He was born on June 8, 1936 in Ashland, the son of the late Roger and Mary (nee Goff) Hamilton.

Jess graduated from Ashland High School, Class of 1955; he was a two-time state champion his senior year in cross country and track. His accomplishments led him to be inducted into the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

After high school, Jess went on to attend Baldwin-Wallace College and Ashland College, from which he graduated.

In 1959 he volunteered for and served proudly in the United States Army until 1961. He was recalled for the Berlin Crisis and served an additional year, ending his service in 1962.

Jess married Janet Zimmerman of Ashland in 1964. He began a 31-year teaching career at Eastwood Local Schools in Wood County in 1964, and retired from Madison Local School District in Mansfield in 1995. He and his family, inspired by his blind grandfather Harry Hamilton, also owned and operated Red Dog’s Concessions from 1973-1978.

Jess was very active in politics over the years, serving on the Ashland City Council from 1974-1978 and as a board member of the Ashland County Board of Elections for more than 18 years. He was a devoted member of the Ashland County Republican Party where he was a Central, Executive, and Precinct Committeeman and past treasurer. Jess was also a delegate to the state party convention.

Jess and Janet were devoted members of Park Street Brethren Church, and he was a church trustee for a period of time.

Jess is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mrs. Janet Hamilton of Ashland; one daughter, Paula Hamilton (Kenneth Chang) of Menlo Park, California; one son, Neil (Celandra) Hamilton of Los Altos, California; one grandson, Benji Chang; two granddaughters, Samantha and Madi Hamilton; one sister, Janet Boyd of Ashland; three brothers, Phil (Judi) Hamilton of Sunbury, Roger Hamilton Jr. of Cincinnati, and Terry (Angie) Hamilton of Ashland; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his nephew, David Hamilton.

Funeral services will be held, Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home with Reverend Nate Bebout officiating. The Ashland Veteran's Honor Guard will conduct military honors. Friends may call two hours prior to the service from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Interment will be a private family ceremony in Ashland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Park Street Brethren Church.

For those who may not be able to attend, online condolences may be shared on the funeral home’s website at

Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 | 11:00pm - 1:00pm
    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 11:00pm - 1:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Funeral Services

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 1:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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    Reverend Nate Bebout
  • Interment

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 |
    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
    Ashland Cemetery
    523 West Main Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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Alice Fetzer

Posted at 03:29pm
Janet I am so sorry about Jess it's seems that he should still be here I couldn't come to the funeral but I want you to know how sorry I am and so is Cyndi you take care of yourself I love you. Alice Fetzer

Crystal Massey Vanorman

Posted at 10:37am
I remember Mr. Hamilton as my gym teacher at Woodville Elementary School. I always thought he was so nice. I will always remember his chocolate covered bananas. Prayers to his family. Rip Mr. Hamilton

Allen Snyder

Posted at 07:31am
Very sorry for your loss -- always enjoyed talking with Jess, both as a customer and as a friend. Allen Snyder

Mardelle McFadden

Posted at 10:26am
Our hearts go out to Janet, Paula and Neil. We wish you the best and may you have peace and love the rest of your life. Love to all of you. Please remember we are here for you if needed.
God bless you.
Mardelle and Dan

Michele Hamilton-Bland

Posted at 11:52pm
I remember Uncle Larry always being such a generous and friendly and funny guy and no doubt he cared and loved his family very much. I loved listening to my grandparents and he and my dad and other uncles and aunt telling old stories of them growing up. I understood they were all very competitive as most would say, but it was so amusing to me to watch Uncle Larry be so competitive in a game of Monopoly during family holiday gatherings! He always had me
Laughing about something. He was a great man and he will be missed by so many. I’m so very sorry for my family’s loss and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I’m sorry I can’t make it up to Ohio for the celebration of Uncle Larry’s life but know I love you all and thinking about you.

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