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Robert Hammond

Robert A Hammond

Monday, October 22nd, 1923 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020
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Obituary

Robert A. Hammond, age 96, of Moses Lake, Washington, formerly of Quincy, died at Summer Wood Special Care Center on June 11, 2020, after contracting Covid-19.

Robert was born October 22, 1923, in Providence, Utah, to Annie Baer and Levi Parley Hammond. His mother passed away the day he was born. He joined his older siblings: Venna, Grant, Seth, and Seymour. His older brother, Preston, had passed away at the age of 12 earlier that year. Because of his mother’s passing, he went to live with his Aunt Ina until he was five years old, at which time he returned home to be with his siblings. His father married Rebecca Jensen when Robert was nine years old, giving him a new mother. He didn’t care much for schoolwork or sports, but he had a talent and love for farming and raising animals.

During high school, he saw the start of WWII. After graduation, he joined the service and was selected to become a part of the Marine Corp. He was stationed in Saipan, Okinawa and Nagasaki. He never spoke much about his time in the military, but loved to talk about how he and his fellow servicemen built a chapel on the island of Saipan.

Upon his return, Robert served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the North Central States Mission, spending most of his time in Montana. While serving in Red Lodge, Robert met Vivian Ward, a war widow and school teacher with a young son, Max. Robert was impressed, and shortly after being released from his mission, he and Vivian married in the Logan, Utah temple on May 23, 1950. They made a home in Lewiston, Utah, where Robert had a dairy farm, and where sons Lance and David were born.

In February 1955, Robert and Vivian sold their dairy and moved to Quincy where they purchased a farm. He loved farming and had a natural talent for raising crops—particularly potatoes. Over the years, he increased his farmland, and it blessed the lives of not only his family, but the lives of those who worked for him. He was always generous to his fellow men and those in need.

During their time in Quincy two more children joined their family: Tracie and Randal.

He served in the community—at church, on the Quincy School Board, and the Quincy Hospital Board. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he was a teacher and leader. He served in many capacities, including counselor in the Stake Presidency, Stake President, and he especially enjoyed teaching the youth in Sunday School. He loved serving and working to bless the lives of others. He devoted much of his time to helping others, especially mentoring youth.
Following the loss of his wife, Robert sold his home in Quincy and moved to the Tri-Cities where he put himself on a mission by working at the Bishop’s Storehouse and at the Handcart Site. He spent the last several years at assisted living facilities in the Tri-Cities and Moses Lake. He was always a joy to visit. He was kind and gracious to those who assisted in taking care of him.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian; sons Max and Randal; a grandson Matthew; and a great granddaughter Emily. He is survived by Lance (Peggy) Hammond, David (Sylvia) Hammond, Tracie (Edgar) Brown, and daughter-in-law Venice Hammond. He leaves behind 15 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren with more on the way.

A memorial to commemorate his life will be held at a later date.

The family suggests that those wishing to honor Robert’s memory to make a donation to their local church or local foodbank.

Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Dale Speiser

Posted at 05:51pm
My heart is heavy and happy at the same time. Heavy because I had not seen Bob for many years and I would of liked nothing more than to sit and visit with him for awhile and learn more about him and his earlier life. Happy because I know he must of had one Grand re-union with friends and family. Not to long after I was baptized in 1980 up in the Okanogan valley I was offered a job with Hammond farms and was very blessed to get to know Bobs family. I especially remember Vivians kindness and getting to work closely with his oldest son Max. Bob (President Hammond) was so supportive of me when I was called on my mission and did a lot to make everything go smoothly. Years later when living in Zillah WA I was called into the high counsel of our church and when I called Bob and asked him if he would mind coming over and ordaining me a high priest he didnt hesitate. Bob and Vivian were there that weekend. That Priesthood lineage received from Bob has always meant a lot to me. My deepest condolences go out to his family.
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Kathleen Hansen

Posted at 10:47pm
A fun memory we have - one Sunday when Pres. Hammond was visiting our ward and Nels was bishop, we had him come for dinner. I cooked a roast and had corn for the vegetable. Pres. Hammond praised the corn over and over and said it was the best corn he had ever eaten. I said, “Well, President, I am sure glad you like it because I picked it right out of your field!” We all got a good laugh out of that.
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Leslie Raab

Posted at 09:48am
Dear Lance and Peggy and Bro. Hammond's family,
Lance and Peggy were two of my cherished students during their 6th elementary school year. I was a new teacher and was only about ten years older than they were. I remember thinking what well-disciplined and highly motivated both were and wondering whether it was what they learned at church that might have motivated them. During that time, I actually joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and so I soon realized what an important part the Church played in their lives. I remember what a kind and sincerely interested man their father was. My husband Harry did not join the Church in those years, so when our first child Lael Marie Raab was born, Bro. Hammond gave her her name and blessing when she was just a newborn. That was very special for me. Bro. Hammond and Vivian were always so positive and encouraging to me during those challenging years.
I remember that Harry and I drove to Quincy from our present home in East Wenatchee to help celebrate Bro. Hammond's birthday at the church there. I believe it was his 90th. I was so pleased to see Lance and Peggy there and visit with them.
I had lost track of Bro. Hammond after that and didn't know where he was living until I read the obituary. I am so very sorry that Covid 19 was the cause of his death. Most Sincerely, Leslie Raab
DH

Dennis Hebdon

Posted at 12:14am
Dear friends,
This is Dennis Hebdon, from Mattawa. Our family got acquainted when we lived in Quincy in 1957. I baby sat Lance and David while their parents went to Church meetings on Wed. evenings. We have great memories of the Hammond family, and send our prayers and condolences in this hour of grief.
God bless
Dennis
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Tim Thomas

Posted at 01:01pm
When we first moved to Quincy, it was our first day in the Quincy ward. We were in priesthood meeting and Brother Hammond was conducting the meeting. He asked if anyone had read the lesson before coming to church. I was the only one who raised my hand. He then asked if I would teach the lesson. I declined, thinking that he was joking, but he was serious. He was a very kind man who loved all. Just thinking of him brings a smile to my face. He will be missed, but I am glad to know him and the legacy he has left us with.
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