In July I ran a pair of Patient Snapshot posts about multiple myeloma patient, Don Hamilton, and his wife and caregiver, Joan:
If you recall, Joan was having trouble caring for Don as his health deteriorated. With the help of friends, family and suggestions from a number of our readers, Joan soldiered on.
Recently, Don was moved to hospice. He passed away Wednesday.
Joan and I have continued to exchange emails. I think she’s holding up OK. I can tell she misses him.
Here’s Don’s obituary that ran in the local paper last week:
LOGAN — Donald J. Hamilton, 81, of Logan, Ohio, passed from this life, after a one-night stay at Pickering House in Lancaster, on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, with his loving wife, Joan, at his side. Donald had battled a fierce battle with Multiple Myeloma for over six years.
Born Sept. 19, 1932, in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Donald V. and Nellie (Holliday) Hamilton, the oldest of 13 children. He married Joan Lax Hamilton on Aug. 20, 1970, who survives.
Donald was retired from General Highway Express, having worked at Carborundum, Ford Motors and Bendix Westinghouse.
Also surviving are Linda (Mike) Ford of Rockbridge, Lester (Judy) Hamilton of Gore, Roger (Cyndy) Hamilton of Logan, Brenda (Albert) Wahl of Logan, and James Hamilton of Union Furnace. Don is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; aunt, Velma Hamilton; sisters-in-law, Daryle Hamilton and Peggy Hamilton; and brothers-in-law, Lawrence Burns and Elden “Toke” Dexter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Ernest Hamilton, Lawrence Hamilton, Jerry Hamilton and Earl Hamilton; and sisters, Carolyn Burns, Della Dexter and Lori Cauthon.
Don never stopped working, even after his cancer started to slow him down, keeping busy with his gardening. He enjoyed getting together with family and friends to play his guitar, and also enjoyed his old collector cars.
Don and Joan enjoyed their family birds, as well as the wild birds, which they fed all winter long. Their birds, Dickie, Petey, Billie and Paulie, preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, with visitation on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Heinlein-Brown Funeral Home, Logan, Ohio, with the Rev. Walter Bruah officiating.
Burial will be in the Carbon Hill Cemetery.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, California 91607-3421 in Don’s memory or Friends of the Park, Logan, Ohio.
Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at www.brownfuneralservice.net.
I’m just sorry that Don and I never had a chance to meet.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat