Paul Eugene Hamilton, 95, Newcomerstown, entered into his eternal rest late Wednesday night, March 5, 2014, at his Newcomerstown residence.
Paul was born in the Birds Run area of Guernsey County on Aug. 30, 1918, a son of the late Frank James and Ruth Ella Robinson Hamilton.
He attended the former Plainfield High School, Linton Township.
Paul began his career at the former Heller Brothers Tool Company, Newcomerstown, as a machinist.
After Pearl Harbor, Paul enlisted in the Army on Dec. 30, 1941. He then went on to serve as a Tech 5 postal clerk in the Panama theater for over two years. He then returned to the state of Delaware, where he was in charge of German prisoners of war. As a corporal, he instructed prisoners in factories which processed chickens and turkeys for human consumption. All 100 percent of these food products were used to feed the returning U.S. veterans and combat veterans serving overseas. Paul was honorably discharged from the Army at Ft. DuPont, Del., on Oct. 24, 1945.
Paul then returned to civilian life and continued his employment career at Heller Brothers as a file stripper for a total of 44 years before his retirement in 1980.
He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Newcomerstown, where he served eight years on the Board of Trustees. He also was responsible for doing many carpentry projects on the church property.
He was also a former member of the Birds Run Methodist Church.
Paul was a life member of the Thomas Montgomery Post 431, Newcomerstown American Legion. He also enjoyed raising and training beagle dogs and participating in field trials. He was a long time member of the former Briar Patch Beagle Club, Newcomerstown. Paul was also a contributor to the Wilderness Center, Wilmot, and a member of the United Steelworkers Retired Employees Club.
Paul also enjoyed hunting deer, rabbits, and squirrels and riding ATVs with his buddies.
In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther M. Couts Hamilton, Newcomerstown, who died on May 9, 1981.
Also deceased is Paul's second wife, Della L. Addy Whitis Hamilton, Newcomerstown, who died on Feb. 15, 1995.
Paul was also the last member of his generation of the Hamilton family, as he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Lucille A. Hamilton Shryock and Fletcher Shryock, Newcomerstown; and his brother and sister-in-law, Clyde R. "Ham" Hamilton and Mary Marlatt Hamilton, North Canton.
Also deceased is a great nephew, Edward R. Hamilton, Big Flats, N.Y.
Paul is survived by his third wife, Bessie J. Alexander Knight Hamilton, Newcomerstown. He also leaves a son, Kenneth L. and wife Christine Knight, Caldwell; a step daughter, Bonnie J. and husband Tom Heller, The Villages, Fla.; two granddaughters, Kimberly and husband Jim McCoy, Dexter City, and Leslie and husband Clark Smith, Ocala, Fla.; and several great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
To honor Paul's wishes, no visiting hours will be observed.
Public graveside services and burial will be Monday, March 10 at 1 p.m. in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown. The Rev. Tom Barber and the Rev. Donald Silverthorne will conduct the services.
Memorials may be made in Paul's name to the First Baptist Church, 135 S. River St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832.
The Ourant Funeral Home in Newcomerstown is assisting the family with arrangements.