Robert Lowell Hammond, 74, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Friday, August 10, 2018, at 7:31 a.m. at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus where he had been a patient two weeks.
Bob was born August 16, 1943, in Milford Center, Ohio to Lowell and (Gladys) Lucille Adams Hammond and was a lifelong resident of this community.
He was a 1961 graduate of Bloomingburg High School; received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from The Ohio State University in 1964, and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1967. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio in 1967.
He formerly was an assistant prosecutor in Montgomery County and entered private practice in Xenia with the Netherton, Peterson and Hammond law firm. He returned to Fayette County in 1979, at which time he started Hammond and Hammond law firm where he continued until his retirement. He had also served as an assistant law director for the City of Washington Court House.
Bob was a member and past president of the Fayette County Bar Association; a member of the Grace United Methodist Church where he had served on the board of trustees. He was a member of The Order (formerly Symposiarchs); had served on the board of directors of the Merchant’s National Bank since 1994, and had been chairman of its corporate government committee. He also served on the board of directors of the Fayette County Charitable Foundation and was on the Fayette County Memorial Hospital board of trustees for nine years. While a member of the Washington Court House Rotary Club, he started the Fayette County Soccer Association. He served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army during the Vietnam War at the Army Headquarters of Intelligence and Security Command.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Eula Jane Ortman.
He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Kay Drake whom he married February 8, 1969; two sons, Matthew Hammond of Lancaster and his friend, Laura Barnett Rogers and Mark Hammond and his wife, Sara Mark Hammond, of New Albany; three grandchildren, Troy, Ethan and Matthew Hammond; a sister, Debbie Hammond Weade and her husband, Ron, of Washington Court House; nephews, Jess Weade and his wife, Shena, and their children, Carter and Keaton and Branen Weade and his wife, Laura, and their children, Rex and Oliver; a sister-in–law and brother-in-law, Joyce and Keith Volz of Jamestown, NC; nieces, Kimberly Crimmins and her husband, Michael, and their children, Wilson, Elizabeth, Chase and Curtis and Amanda Estrella and her husband, Rob, and their children, Ben and Zach; nephew, David Ortman; niece, Debra Nave, and other valued friends.
The funeral will be Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church in Washington Court House with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the church, officiating. Private burial will be in the Bloomingburg Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 1-4 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Charitable Organization, 213 North Main Street, or the Fayette County YMCA, 100 Civic Drive, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.