In memory of

Kenneth Hamm

July 12, 1929 - March 7, 2019
From: Nemaha, IA
Kenneth Hamm

Kenneth Hamm

Born: July 12, 1929
Died: March 7, 2019
Age: 89
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   Kenneth Hamm, age 89, of Nemaha, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
   Kenneth William Hamm, the son of G.D. “Duke” and Evelyn Russell Hamm, was born July 12, 1929, in Storm Lake, Iowa. He joined his older sister, Dorothy, on the family farm south of Nemaha. He was baptized and confirmed in the Nemaha United Methodist Church where he served and lived his faith as a lifelong member. He graduated in 1947 from Nemaha High School where he excelled in basketball and baseball, especially as a pitcher. He also played for several years with the Nemaha town team. He attended Buena Vista College after receiving a baseball scholarship, but the illness of his father brought him home to begin his farming career on the farm north of town. 
   Kenny was united in marriage in 1949 to Anita Cook at the Nemaha Methodist Church. They became parents of Kevin, who died in infancy, Janet, James and Nancy. He and his family worked hard improving and maintaining the homestead and a large Holstein dairy herd, which was recognized as the top producing herd in Iowa in 1973. He was also honored as an Iowa Master Dairyman in 1973 and was chosen to become a member of the Dairy Shrine in 1989. He took great pride in his family and his farm and worked tirelessly for both of them. 
  Throughout the years, Kenny and Anita enjoyed attending hundreds of activities involving their children, grandchildren and friends. His roots were deep as he lived his entire life within a mile of Nemaha, where he will remain in his final resting place. His love of the community was foremost and in his later years he enjoyed his local coffee friends. May he be remembered as a dedicated farmer whose only enemy was weeds and who lived his love of faith, family and farming, especially all the years he worked alongside his son, Jim.
   He was preceded in passing by his son, Kevin, his sister, Dorothy and her husband Gerald Hines, his parents, parents-in-law Merritt and Ruth Cook, sister-in-law Mary Lou Cook, sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Raymond Combes, nephews Linne Hines and Brian Blass and niece Jolene Blass Perryman.
   Kenny leaves to mourn, his wife of 69 years, Anita; children: Janet (Scott) Onstot of Lake View, James Hamm of Nemaha and Nancy (Dean) Stock of Lake View; grandchildren: Emily (Mike) Busch of Lake View, Matthew (Kelly) Onstot of Cumming, Gregory Onstot and Fiancee Nikia Fleming of Des Moines, Erica (Drew) Wiener of Omaha, Nathan (Vanessa) Hamm of Urbandale, Sondra (Jeremy) Rierson of Carroll and Kristen (Scott) Poen of Lake View; 11 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
   A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Nemaha, IA, with Pastor Laurel Westerkamp officiating. Farber & Otteman Funeral Home of Sac City is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be at the funeral home in Sac City from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS: The family has requested that memorials be made to the family in Kenny’s memory so that they may donate to local area programs and organizations.

Memorial Service:
10:30 a.m. Monday
March 11, 2019
United Methodist Church 
Nemaha, Iowa
Laurel Westerkamp
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Sunday
March 10, 2019
Farber and Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Nemaha Cemetery
Nemaha, Iowa


Monday, March 18, 2019 at 9:40 AM
“So sorry to hear Kenny has passed away as he will be missed so much. Prayers for comfort from your faith and knowing Kenny’s faith also. Again thank you to Anita and Kenny for all they have done for Kathy and George Norris through the years. ”
- Georgia Vajpeyi
Monday, March 18, 2019 at 9:40 AM
“So sorry to hear of Men's passing. Prayers to everyone.”
- Len Schulke
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM
“Dear Hamm Family, sending my deepest condolences to your family. ”
- Sue Mason Malloy
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10:10 AM
“Sympathy to the Hamm family! Hats off to the man that knew the dairy business! ”
- Steve Frank
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10:10 AM
“My sincerest condolences to the family & friends of Kenny. I grew up just across the road from Ken & Anita and they were always the most friendly. He will not be forgotten. Sending prayers of comfort.”
- Keri Hamrick
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10:20 AM
“Anita and family I am so very sorry for your loss! Kenny was a wonderful man with a kind heart and warm smile! You have my prayers and deepest sympathies. ”
- Teresa Bruening
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10:20 AM
“Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers...hugs”
- Judy wilson
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10:20 AM
“I will always remember Grandpa Kenny as a man of God with a twinkle in his eye. My sympathies to Grandma Anita, Jim, Erica and Drew. Your memories will live on. ”
- Doris Wiener
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10:20 AM
“My sincere condolences to the family and friends. May it bring you comfort knowing that God cares for you especially during these painful times(2 Cor 1:3,4). Also may the promise at Rev 21:4 bring you peace and comfort for the future. ”
- Laura Walker
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9:53 AM
“Dear Anita, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. My heart goes out to you and your entire family. Can't imagine Nemaha without Kenny. Gale”
- Gale Johnson
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9:53 AM
“Deepest sympathy in the loss of you loved one.Through it all, may God Embrace you in His comforting arms.
Most sincerely, Pat and Verdi Maunu”
- Pat Maunu
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9:53 AM
“Anita and Family we are so sad to hear of Kenny's passing you have our deepest sympathy I know you have lost a husband and father but I feel like I've lost a good friend, the world has lost a good man but God has gained one of the greatest good bye my friend will see you on the other side.”
- Nolan & Mari Kreft
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9:53 AM
“Anita and family, were were saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. Russ gave us the news today. Kenny was such a kind gentleman with a smile and the best outlook. We have such happy memories of church and community activities and coffee in the morning at Hazel's with you guys. We grieve with you and will keep you in our prayers at this difficult time. RIP Kenny Hamm.”
- Randy, Paula, Ian and Seth Kehres
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9:53 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. Condolences to the entire family.
-Boys from Burtek Dry Ice”
- BJ Fraher & Jacob Hamilton
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 12:27 PM
“Dear Anita, Janet ,Scott,Jim,Nancy ,Dean and families, We are so sorry to heat about Kenny's death. He was always pleasant and lived his life loving the farm and his family. May your many fond memories help you through the sudden loss and sorrow. Jeff, Mary Ann,& Dorothy Bohnenkamp”
- Jeff Bohnenkamp
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 12:27 PM
“Kenny was one of the nicest people I have ever met. He was always happy, rarely complained and was a good caring person. I will miss him greatly, especially at morning coffee and church. My deepest, deepest sympathies to Anita and the rest of the family. May it give you all comfort to know that Kenny is most definitely in Heaven and at peace. ”
- Jeff Krueger
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 9:22 AM
“Mrs Hamm Jim & Janet wanted u 2 know Ken was a really very very nice person & a super great friend I really enjoyed visiting with him let me know if I can help u in anyway Rest In Peace Kenny Rest In Peace ”
- Charlie “tuna” Schnirring
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 8:37 PM
“Nancy, Janet and entire Hamm family, My wife and I want to extend our sincere sympathy to you all on the death of Kenny. Be assured you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincere Blessings, Pastor Bruce Hauswirth - Lake View Congregational UCC”
- Bruce Hauswirth
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