Sunday, July 12, 2015
Obit of John Thomas Hammond
John Thomas Hammond, age 81, of Palmer, Alaska was born January 24, 1934 in Chatsworth, IL to Helen and Russel Hammond. After a long illness with cancer, he went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 11, 2015. He died at home surrounded by his loving family. John married Norma Van Nest fifty-nine years ago after graduating from Multnomah School of the Bible. They raised two daughters, Gloria Nitschke and Jodi Davis; one son, Charles Hammond, now deceased and many grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren. When John moved to Alaska with his parents at age eleven, he experienced the early development of the State, graduating from high school in Anchorage at the only school there at the time. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, gardening, geology and the great outdoors. He graduated from UAF and actively served in ROTC, the Army Chemical Corp and the Reserves. John taught chemistry at Lathrop High in Fairbanks for seven years after which he taught at Victory High School, a boarding school where he taught Bible, science, math, Alaska history and coached hockey. When VHS closed, John established the video ministry of Arctic Missions in Palmer, continuing that work for the rest of his years. He was involved weekly with the Native New Life Fellowship of Anchorage since 1970. He was a member of Lazy Mt. Bible Church in Palmer. His family thought of him always as a giver, patient and loving, dependable and wise. He told great stories. His grandchildren appreciated his sweet tooth and willingness to share his treats. He led by example, always giving 120%. He was our hero. A memorial service will be held at the First Covenant Church in Anchorage at 1145 C Street on March 4 at 1pm.