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Charles Hammond

d. October 4, 2013

­­Charles Robert (Bob) Hammond, age 96, went to be with the Lord on October 1, 2013 at the Mandan Living Center.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 5 at Mandan Methodist Church with Reverend Bruce Adams officiating. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm on Friday, October 4 at Mandan Methodist Church and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Bob was born November 16, 1916 to Ralph Merwin and Ama (Hoppe) Hammond in Stockton, Illinois. His father and grandfather were bankers and owned the local bank in Stockton. With the Depression, the bank failed and Bob’s family moved to Wyoming, first to Thermopolis then to Casper. Bob attended elementary school in Stockton and graduated from high school in Casper. He then went to work for the Standard Oil refinery in the accounting department and moved up to assistant office manager by 1954. Bob studied accounting through correspondence courses from LaSalle University.
On August 15, 1941 Bob married Evelyn Carol Stewart in Casper. In 1942 they had their first child, Charles Merwin. Bob served in the US Army in the early 1940’s and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington. He eventually rose to the rank of sergeant. After his discharge, Bob returned to his job with Standard Oil. Their second child, Linda Jane, was born in 1947 and David Stewart followed in 1952. When a new refinery was being built in Mandan, Bob was offered the position of manager of the accounting division, and their family moved to North Dakota in 1954.
In 1962, Bob went to Cremona, Italy to assist his Italian counterparts in a Standard Oil refinery with American accounting methods. Evelyn was able to join him for a month and they visited many cities in Italy. After retiring from the refinery, Bob got his real estate license and sold for Pioneer Realty in Mandan.
Bob was always sad that he could not go to college, so he made sure that his three children got educations. He saved for that goal and all three graduated from the University of North Dakota.
In 1976, his wife Evelyn passed away and later Bob met and married Cerelle Helt Davis in 1978. With Cerelle came a big family who took Bob in as a dad and grandfather. The couple had 26 wonderful years together and traveled to many places including Europe and the Caribbean. Cerelle passed away in 2004.
Bob was a very loving and generous father and grandfather. He was exceedingly outgoing and had friends and acquaintances all over the world. He played bridge very well and did so with both Evelyn and Cerelle. His real passion was golf, and he was a self-taught player with a lot of skill. Bob also had a great appreciation for the outdoors and loved bird watching.
Bob was an active member of the Mandan Lion’s club, First United Methodist Church, Masons, and a longtime member of the American Legion.
A wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, his passing leaves a great void in the hearts of those who loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Evelyn and Cerelle; grandson, Travis Hohbein; and son-in-law Clyde Harshbarger. He is succeeded in death by his sister, Jean Barnett of Casper, Wyoming; his children, Charles Hammond, Linda Harshbarger, and David (Jane) Hammond; and grandson, Sean Dailey Hammond. Cerelle’s family gave him sons, Tom Davis and John (Cherie) Davis; daughters, Virginia Davis, Lynn (Butch) Hohbein, and Pam (Jim) Engelhardt; grandchildren, James Davis, Mike (Marron) Davis, and Scott (Jessica) Althaus, Jenny (Matt) Reuter and Cody (Darrin) Davis, Alicia (Ray) Paz, Nichole Wilson, Amber Davis, and John Davis, and Levi (Darcy) Engelhardt and Charlie (Ashley) Engelhardt; and numerous great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to the Humane Society, Mandan Methodist Church, or the Mandan Lions Club.

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