|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1919|
|Death: ||Nov. 14, 2010|
Longview (Cowlitz County)
ALAN LOUIS HAM
September 9, 1919 ~ November 14, 2010
Alan Louis Ham, age 91, of Hazel Dell, WA, passed away the evening of Nov. 14, 2010 surrounded by his children and loved ones in the Community Hospice Center in Longview, Washington.
Alan leaves a great legacy to the rural communities of Southwestern Washington.
He was born in Wheeler County, NE, on Sept. 9, 1919, to Louis and Francis Ham. Alan moved with his family to Washington State in 1935. There he met his wife-to-be in Eastern Washington, where both families were supplementing their incomes by picking produce during the Depression. Alan courted his future wife Esther for five years, and they married in Grandview, WA, June 14, 1942. Alan served in the Army Corp of Engineers during World War II in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. Alan and Esther were married for 62 years and had five children, Laury, Merna, Leeanna, Linda and Terry. Esther and Linda preceded Alan in death.
Alan was a farmer, business man, and above all, an advocate and activist for the rural elderly. One of his most cherished accomplishments was the construction of two multi-unit housing complexes for rural senior citizens in Battle Ground, Brookside and CherryStone. Alan was the first chairperson of the Southwest Washington Area Agency on Aging and in this capacity used his statesmanship to bring together five diverse rural communities in a working board to provide programs for the aged. In 1981 he was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging and brought Dial-A-Ride, a transportation service for Clark county low-income and handicapped elderly, into existence, serving as president of its board for 6 years.
Alan received the Meritorious Service Award from National Farmers Union in 1995, joining Harry S. Truman, Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern and Jimmy Carter, who were also honored for their service to the farmers of America.
Alan enjoyed writing poems, bowling, crossword puzzles, and stamp collecting, but more than anything he liked people. During his life he encouraged and mentored many.
Alan is survived by his younger sister, Lucy Voller, of Battle Ground WA; sons, Laury Ham and Terry Ham of La Center, WA; daughters, Merna Folkerts of Hazel Dell and Leeanna Murray of Arlee, MT; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Alan's memorial service was at Layne's Funeral Home, NE 1st Street and NE Clark Avenue, Battle Ground on Saturday, Nov. 20th, 2010.
After interment at the Lewisville Cemetery a reception was held at the Vancouver Masonic Lodge, 2500 NE 78th Street, Vancouver, WA.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alan Ham Memorial Fund at any branch of 1st Independent Bank. Funds will be used to establish a commemorative garden bench at CherryBrook Apartments, his much loved Farmers Union Senior Housing.
Please sign Alan's guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian, Vancouver, WA on November 18, 2010
Lewis A. Ham (1885 - 1968)
Frances C. Ham (1885 - 1979)
Esther M Elmer Ham (1920 - 2004)
Created by: Kay and Duane Douglass
Record added: Nov 18, 2010
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