George E. Hammes, 93, of Platteville died on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Park Place Assisted Living, Platteville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Platteville. Rev. Faustino Ruiz will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Platteville. Friends may call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, where there will be a rosary at 3:30 p.m.; friends may also call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the George E. Hammes Memorial Fund. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com.
George was born on December 8, 1922 in Barre Mills, Wisconsin, son of George E. and Josephine K. (Zanter) Hammes. George was united in marriage to Anna Mae Althoff on July 2, 1945 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bangor, Wisconsin. Anna preceded him in death on December 27, 2010. George farmed in LaCrosse until moving to Platteville in 1955. George worked at UW-Platteville where he was of Supervisor of Grounds until his retirement in 1985. After retirement he worked for St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School for many years doing maintenance. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and the many family trips to Hayward, Wisconsin. George and Anna enjoyed traveling in the United States and around the world visiting many countries. He enjoyed living at Park Place, Platteville for the past six years. George especially treasured all of the time he got to spend with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
George is survived by his children, Robert Hammes of New Lisbon, WI; James (Pamela) Hammes of Waukesha, WI; Jean Hammes of Holmen, WI; Mary (Kevin) Butson of Platteville; Joseph (Karen) Hammes of Waukesha; Mark (Beth) Hammes of Pewaukee, WI; David (Robin) Hammes of Beloit, WI; Kay (David) Hirsch of Waukesha; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Hammes of Holmen; son-in-law, Larry Trine of The Villages, FL; 26 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna, parents, daughter, Joan Trine, son, George Hammes, Jr., granddaughter, Kayla Jo Hammes, great-grandson, Jack Staebler, and brothers and sisters.