Herman W. Hammond

     Herman W. Hammond, 87, a lifelong resident of Decatur, died at 5:56 p.m. Thursday in Adams Memorial Hospital.    
    Herman was very active in the Decatur Church of God, serving in various positions. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 43 of Adams County.
      Herman worked with his brothers in Hammond Produce for many years and was the Washington Township Assessor for 12 years.
      Herman served his country in the United States Marine Corp during World War II on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific.
    He loved his children very much, taught them to serve and love the Lord Jesus.  Herman loved his Lord and shared with many on how they could know him, too. He believed in keeping on until that final day, praising God for all his blessings even in times of suffering because he knew some day he would be free of pain and suffering. He was very confident that no grave was going to hold him down, that he would rise again. 
    In later years after failing health due to arthritis he stood on Romans 8: 17-18 and looked forward to that new painless body.     
    Among survivors are his wife, Mable Jean Chilcote Hammond, whom he married on September 29, 1945.
    Also surviving are four sons, David L. (Carol) Hammond of Hoagland, Gary W. (Shelly) Hammond of Normal, Illinois; Ronald L. (Linda) Hammond of Decatur and Gregory A. (Cindy) Hammond of Fortson, Georgia; a daughter, Debra R. (David) Burke of Decatur; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by five brothers, Paul, Edward, Donald, Gerald Hammond, and Roy (who died at an early age); and one grandson, Jason Hammond
    Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Decatur Church of God, with calling from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to Monday's services. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery, with military graveside services by American Legion Post 43.
    Preferred memorials are to Teen Challenge or Decatur Church of God in lieu of flowers.
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