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Charles Marion Hamm
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Birth: Jan. 11, 1924
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
Death: Aug. 25, 2001
Monroe County
Indiana, USA

Charles Marion Hamm

Charles Marion Hamm was born in Stanford, Indiana, on 11 January 1924 to Joseph and Lillie Hamm. He was the eighth of thirteen children. At the time of his birth his father was 50 years old and his mother was 32.

In 1930, Charles was 6 years old and still living in Stanford with his parents, three brothers and five sisters.

Growing up his family worked very long hours and they worked hard on their farm. Most of the boys quit school early in order to bring in extra income to help support the family. Charles quit school after the eighth grade so that he could help his father work the farm.

In 1940, still living in Stanford, 16 year old Charles was living with his parents, five brothers and two sisters.

On 1 February 1943 Charles joined the United States Army. He fought at Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge (Ardennes) and was awarded the Bronze Star and several ribbons.

While stationed overseas on 28 February 1944 Charles received a telegram from home which simply read: "Your mother died this morning. Notify Wilfred." I remember the day my Dad gave me the actual telegram. Fifty years had since passed, but his eyes teared up and I remember the reverent manner in which he held that piece of paper. As of this writing it is still in my possession.

After his service in World War II, and being honorably discharged, Charles returned home to Indiana. He began working in the automotive industry in Indianapolis. In his spare time he would either help out on the family farm or spend time hanging out with his friends. One night while hanging out at Joe's Skating Rink he noticed a little red-headed firecracker. Just like in the movies he turned to his buddy and said, "I'm gonna marry that girl someday." His buddy exclaimed, "She's jail bate!" And she was. Marilyn was nine years his junior. But he was patient.

After a couple of years Marilyn was allowed to go on a date with Charles. After that they were never apart for very long. However, one night it seemed there might not be a wedding after all. Charles was late picking Marilyn up for a date one night. They were going to have dinner with Charles' father, Joseph. One the way an argument ensued and by the time they reached Joseph's house, Marilyn stormed out of the car, took her engagement ring off and threw it in the bushes and started walking back towards town. Joseph heard all the commotion and went outside. Joseph was a quiet man. He never spoke harsh about anyone. But that night he told his son, "You probably shouldn't marry that girl. She's a handful."

They did get married on 2 February 1952, in Monroe County, Indiana. At the time of their marriage Charles had just recently turned 28 years old and Marilyn was 18 (soon to be 19). After their marriage they moved to Solsberry, Indiana. Charles was still commuting to Indianapolis and Marilyn was a housewife.

They waited six long years before welcoming their first child, Stephen Nelson Hamm, who was born on 1 July 1958, in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana. A little less than two years later they welcomed a daughter, Katina Lynn Hamm, who was born on 8 March 1960. It was at this time, before Katina was born, that they purchased a house and 24 acres on State Road 46, just outside of Ellettsville, Indiana. In fact, while Marilyn was giving birth to Katina, Hazel, Marilyn's sister, and Charles were moving the family into their new home. Later, they welcomed me into the family.

Charles had since began working at Westinghouse in Bloomington. He stayed there until he retired. He was a hard worker, both in his profession and at home. He passed on to all of his children his strong work ethic and integrity. He taught us to be self-reliant and to be honest in all of our dealings.

Charles passed away, in all honesty, probably just like he would want, on his land that he loved. He died on 25 August 2001 at the age of 77. He had a hard life, no doubt, but his greatest heartbreak was losing his two children. Many of his co-workers told us that after losing his son, and then his daughter, he was never the same. I am not the same after losing him.

He is buried, among family, in Valhalla Memory Gardens in Bloomington, Indiana.

Family links: 
  Joseph Henry Hamm (1873 - 1959)
  Lillie Catherine Hamm (1891 - 1944)
  Marilyn Rose Bryant Hamm (1933 - 2007)
  Stephen Nelson Hamm (1958 - 1982)*
  Katina Lynn Hamm (1960 - 1986)*
  Matilda Ann Hamm Ballinger (1909 - 1951)*
  Thelma L. Hamm Haganman (1911 - 1985)*
  Wilfred James Hamm (1913 - 1983)*
  Frieda Mae Hamm Hall (1916 - 1985)*
  Lucille Della Hamm Marrs (1918 - 1991)*
  Elmer Von Elsworth Hamm (1920 - 1995)*
  Mary Mariah Hamm Koontz (1922 - 2003)*
  Charles Marion Hamm (1924 - 2001)
  Rodney B. Hamm (1926 - 1983)*
  Ruth Alice Hamm Hall (1928 - 1999)*
  Maude Stella Hamm Pate (1930 - 1988)*
  Mattie Louise Hamm Sparks (1932 - 1982)*
*Calculated relationship
Valhalla Memory Gardens
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
Created by: GenealogyByBrenda
Record added: Mar 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67082575
Charles Marion Hamm
Added by: GenealogyByBrenda
Charles Marion Hamm
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- Brenda
 Added: Mar. 17, 2015
Happy Anniversary!
- Brenda
 Added: Feb. 2, 2015
Happy Birthday, Dad. I love and miss you.
- Brenda
 Added: Jan. 11, 2015
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