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Ralph "Red" J Hamner

November 6, 1941 — October 21, 2023


Ralph "Red" J Hamner, 81 of Portland, Indiana passed away on October 21, 2023, in Killeen, Texas.
Red was born on November 6, 1941, in Elmira, New York, to Ruth (Robinson) Hamner and Loyd Hamner.

Red dedicated his life to his career as a plumber and owned and operated Ralph "Red" Hamner's plumbing until 2004 when he semi-retired and moved to Trinity, Texas. Being a dedicated family man was one of Red's greatest joys in life. He married Joyce (King) Inman on June 2, 1990 at Faith Baptist Church in Portland, Indiana. Red was a member of Riverside Baptist church in Riverside, Texas and was a member of the American Legion in Portland for 50 years. In addition to his dedication to work and family, Red honorably served in the Air Force as an Aircraft mechanic. Red's commitment to duty demonstrated not only his love for his country but also his strength of character.

Red was a loving father to his children: Amber Wanken and husband John, James Hamner, Cory Hamner and wife Jenni, Jon Spencer and Kim Gross; his stepchildren, Kevin Inman, Kim McAbee, and Kristi Sturtz. Red's guidance and wisdom shaped their lives and will continue to be a beacon for generations to come. Red also had the joy of being a proud grandfather to 18 grandchildren and had the privilege of watching their lives unfold with pride. Additionally, he was blessed with 12 great-grandchildren who brought immense joy and happiness into his life.

Upon reflection on Red's life, it becomes evident that he was a kind-hearted, hardworking, and loyal individual. He will be remembered for his charming personality, infectious smile, and compassionate nature. His spirit will forever live on through the memories shared by those fortunate enough to have known him.

Military service will be 11 AM Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX with Pastor Jim Parish officiating. A celebration of life service will be 11 AM at Burning Hope Baptist Church in Trinity, Texas on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023.

Services are entrusted to Crotty Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

To send flowers to the family in memory of Ralph "Red" J Hamner, please visit our flower store.

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

11463 TX-195, Killeen, TX 76542

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