Rev. Glenn A. Hamilton

Born: Tue., Jan. 20, 1920
Died: Sun., Jun. 4, 2017


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 09, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 09, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jun. 10, 2017
Location: First Church of God, Eldred

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jun. 10, 2017
Location: First Church of God, Eldred

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Rev. Glenn Hamilton,  beloved community pastor

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — Rev. Glenn A. Hamilton, 97, formerly of Duke Center, Pa., went to be with the Lord on Sunday (June 4, 2017) at the Arbor Manor Rehab Center, following a brief illness.
Born Jan. 20, 1920, in Bradford, Pa., he was a son of Arthur T. and Mabel Barkas Hamilton. On March 3, 1942, in the home of the bride, he married Helen M. Null, who preceded him in death on June 21, 2015.
He was a 1938 graduate of Bradford High School and later attended Houghton (N.Y.) College and Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. He completed a four-year course of study, as prescribed by the Free Methodist Church, was ordained a deacon of the Oil City (Pa.) Conference of the Free Methodist Church in 1943 and was ordained as an elder in 1945.  
Rev. Hamilton served as a pastor in the Free Methodist Church since 1940, beginning in Ridgeway, then Ulysses, Sheffield and Cherry Grove, Renovo, Penfield, Mill Run, Gardner Hill, Galeton, Coudersport, Duke Center and Cyclone, all in Pennsylvania. Most recently he had been pastor emeritus at the Lighthouse Community Free Methodist Church in Prentisvale, Pa., prior to its closing.
As a teenager, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 47 in Sawyer City, Pa. He was a past Sunday School teacher, treasurer of the conference Board of Christian Education, a trustee of the Highlander Christian Camp in Kane, Pa., and, along with his wife, served on the Otto-Eldred (Pa.) Food Mission for many years. He was a past Bradford District Director of Christian Education. He served faithfully as a chaplain in area hospitals and officiated at hundreds of funerals in the community.
Surviving are two daughters, Ruth (Burt) Jones of North Chili, N.Y., and Darlene (Mel) O’Connor of Rogers, Ark.; a son, David (Carolee) Hamilton of Concord, Mich.; three grandchildren, Mark (Amy) Hamilton, Laura (Pete) Wagner and Kevin O’Connor; and seven great-grandchildren, Ian, Elena, Skylar, Justin, Oscar, Owen and Lucas. In 1965, Glenn and Helen added five more children to their family, surviving are Gary Lohiser of Duke Center, Pa., Bryan and Linda Lohiser of Spring Arbor, and Loretta (Don) Christopherson of Chelsea, Mich. He is also survived by four “adopted” granddaughters, Mariela (Ivan) Rodriguez Cordero and their children Eric, Adam and Javier; Jeri-Ann (John) Simora and their children Justin, Jacob, Josie and Jonas; Tracey (David) Schrems and their son Cody; and Linda Wasson.
In addition to his wife of 73 years, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Lohiser in 2012; a grandson, Matthew Jones in 2005; a brother, Thomas Hamilton in 2010; and a sister, Hazel Newton in 2006.
Friends may call Friday at the First Church of God, Eldred, Pa., from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday (June 10, 2017) from 10  to 11 a.m., after which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Chris Hill officiating. Other ministers participating are Rev. Beth Rosler, Rev. Robert Brest and Rev. Jim Kazimer, pastor of the First Church of God, Eldred.  Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery in Eldred.
A memorial service will also be held in the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor, with visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (June 20, 2017.)
Those who wish to contribute to memorials should direct their gifts to Highlander Christian Camp, Kane, PA. or Hope Africa University in Burundi, Africa.

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Dickinson Center, Inc.
   Posted Wed June 07, 2017
We are thinking of you during this time and sending our condolences from the Dickinson Center located in Bradford, PA.

Coleen Silvis
   Posted Wed June 07, 2017
So very sorry for your loss. Rev. Hamilton always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.
Sincerely , Gary and Coleen Silvis

Cheryl Eaton
   Posted Thu June 08, 2017
Loretta and family, What a great man your father was. He touched all of our lives at one time. So sorry for your loss.
Jim and Cheryl Eaton

Joe & Brenda Neal and family
   Posted Thu June 08, 2017
Gary and family send are condolence at is time, your dad was great man caring for his community and all he would meet. Thoughts and prayers.
He will be missed.

Steve Newton
   Posted Thu June 08, 2017
Our sympathy to Uncle Glenn's family, friends, and fellow laborers in Christ. Steve and Sharon

Linda Wible
   Posted Tue June 13, 2017
Reverend Hamilton was an amazing man. My mom, Norma Bretherton, played the organ in the Cyclone church for many years before her passing in 2001. He officiated at her service as well as my stepfather, my aunt and my uncle. On the Sundays that I visited, he always wanted me to sing. He always delivered an interesting sermon. He was very likable. My Uncle Bud Case, loved to hear him sing and he recorded many songs on tape while my mom played the organ for him. I was wondering the other day how he was doing. He is with the Lord now. He will be missed.

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