Sept. 16, 1928 — Nov. 19, 2018
Monte Gene Hamer of Castle Rock passed into the loving arms of his savior Jesus Christ on Nov. 19, 2018, at the age of 90. Surrounding him with love and support were his children and grandchildren at St. John Medical Center as he slipped away leaving a yearning for more of the laughter and love he so easily gave.
He was born in Hastings, Neb., on Sept. 16, 1928, to Thomas and Evelyn Hamer. They preceded him in death. They are now reunited, as well as his loving wife, Betty who preceded him in death in 1987; and his beloved nephew, Brian Hamer. Monte was the eldest of five children. His siblings, Betty June Carl, James Hamer, Winston Hamer and Maurice Hamer, are all living and all still good looking.
At the age of six his family moved to the local area to survive The Great Depression. Graduating from R.A. Long High School in 1947, he worked a short stint at Pacific Northwest Bell and married his lifelong love, Betty Lee Hanson in 1949. Soon after his marriage he was drafted into the Army at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served for two years. He then returned to the local area with his wife to raise a family. Together they raised three wonderful children, Kim Johnson (Kevin), and Scott Hamer (Mary), both of Castle Rock and Adam Hamer (Vonne) of Longview.
Returning to Pacific Northwest Bell he resumed his career as a lineman, on the test board, and a line assigner, where he ultimately retired in 1981. At the nudging of his wife, he worked off-and-on at Kalama Telephone Company to keep himself busy in retirement.
Monte was a man to whom no one was a stranger. He lit up when his family gathered, ready to laugh and play. He loved to take the time to talk, have a good beer followed by a great meal and share a joke or memory. He always seemed to have time on his side.
He adored his family, camping, crabbing, fishing, taking a drive, riding along on a job with his son Adam talking with the guys, morning coffee with daughter Kim, time with son Scott at Longview Tire and any time enjoying nature. The birds and the deer loved him, and he them, as he fed them constantly. Monte had the warmest smiling green eyes that invited you to talk and take the time to enjoy the moment with him.
He spent his final years being cared for by his daughter Kim who adored him and lived next door allowing him to remain at home. He loved his computer time sharing jokes, pictures and world views. He enjoyed Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with his bird Topper by his side.
If asked to sing a short song, the words would probably be “God is great, beer is good and people are crazy,” yet he cared deeply for everyone.
In addition to his siblings and children, Monte leaves behind seven grandchildren, Matt Bailey (Molly), Dustin Johnson (Britt), Monte Hamer, and Gage Hamer, all of Castle Rock, Sarah Hogenson (Chad) of Silver Lake, Kelsey Chase (Dan) of Yelm, Wash., and Talia Hamer of Kelso; five great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.
He will be missed dearly by his daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.
A service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Steele Chapel at Longview memorial Park, followed by a graveside ceremony with military honors at Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens, 1535 Mt. Brynion, in Kelso.
“Pops, We grieve our loss and celebrate your life. When our time comes, as you would say, “Give us a whistle.”