The Hamilton family died in a house fire in Republic, Ohio, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.
Holly was born Dec. 27, 1980, to Willy and Chris Adams. She has a brother, Joshua Adams, and a sister, Heidi Adams. Holly attended Bellevue High School.
Holly was a woman of strength and sensitivity. She had a unique ability to sense the needs of the people around her and did all she could to meet those needs. Of course, her first priorities were always her three children. Holly ensured her children were behaved, but knew how to have fun. She and Joe instilled values such as dedication, work ethic, empathy, and compassion into their children. She regularly created inimitable gifts to friends and family. Her gifts were made by her hands and always came from her heart.
She is survived by her grandparents, Jean Adams and Renada “Renie” Funni; her parents, Willy (Lisa Adams, step-mother) and Chris Adams, Bellevue; her brother, Joshua Adams; her sister and niece, Heidi Adams and Destiny Gurley; and her three step-sisters, Cassie Fearing, Breea Fearing and son, Alexander Lewis, Ashley (Kimmet) Wickert (Jason Wickert, stepbrother-in-law).
Joe was born Aug. 27, 1978, to Terry M. and Phillip C. Hamilton Jr. He has a brother, Phillip Hamilton III, and a sister, Nicole Hamilton. Joe attended Assumption High School and graduated from Lincoln High School, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. He went on to graduate from the Instrumentation Technology program at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids. Joe spent his career as a technician for Hurst Technology.
Joe enjoyed his family and friends immensely. He was always available to lend a hand, stop for a visit with his neighbors, and opened his home to people and animals that just needed a warm place to feel loved. Joe coached Olivia’s soccer and softball teams. He also coached baseball for Jaxon. If something or someone was needed, he did his best to help.
Joe is survived by his great-grandfather, George Bemke; his parents, Terry M. and Phillip C. Hamilton Jr. (Dorie Hamilton, step-mother); his brother and family, Phillip C. III and Jaime Hamilton (nephews, Phillip IV, Jacob, Benjamin); his sister, Nicole L. Hamilton (stepnieces April and Tiffany Martens); and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
In August 2004, Holly and Joseph D. Hamilton were blessed with their first son, Jaxon D. Hamilton. Holly’s daughter, Olivia R. Bondy, was a very proud and loving older sister. Linkin J. Hamilton arrived in August 2006. The family was complete.
Olivia Bondy was born Dec. 5, 2000, in Bellevue. She was a sixth-grade student at Seneca East School, where she enjoyed her art projects, volleyball, softball and her friends. She loved to play games with her family and her pets.
Survivors include her father and step-mother, Ryan R. and Billie Bondy, of Norwalk; her grandparents, Russ Bondy, of Bellevue; Paula Bondy, of Arizona; Will Adams, of Bellevue; Chris Adams, of Bellevue; and Gerri Goodsite, of Bellevue; great-grandparents, Howard and Bernice Davenport, of Bellevue and Gene Adams, and Grandma Renie Funni; aunts and uncles, Yvette Taylor, Rikki Goodsite, Gabe Goodsite, Carla Goodsite, Heidi Adams and Josh Adams.
Visitation was Nov. 30, at Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue. The funeral was Dec. 1, at The Chapel in Norwalk.
Memorial contributions may be given to: The Chapel, Second Harvest, Make-a-Wish or to the humane society of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be shared at auxterfuneralhomes.com.
Jaxon, “Jak-Jak,” was born Aug. 19, 2004, and attended second grade at Seneca East School. He enjoyed playing outside, rough housing with and hugging his siblings, and playing with the family pets. Jaxon enjoyed people and animals; he was a tender hearted boy. He liked going to zoos and wildlife parks; he loved to be outside. He especially enjoyed deer and giraffes.
Linkin was born Aug. 15, 2006, and attended kindergarten at Seneca East School. He enjoyed running wildly, chasing and hugging his siblings, and toy motorized vehicles — anything with wheels.
Linkin was an incredible (likely one of the world’s best) charades player. Linkin was truly a miracle. He was born with numerous severe health problems. He endured more tests, surgeries, treatments and therapies than most adults. After conquering most issues and working with his remaining health issues, Linkin emerged courageous and fearless. He attacked life and all of its ups and downs with an unparalleled zest.
Jaxon and Linkin were survived by their paternal great-great-grandfather, George Bemke; maternal great-great-grandmothers, Jean Adams and Renada “Renie” Funni; paternal grandparents, Terry M. and Phillip C. Hamilton Jr. (Dorie Hamilton, step-grandmother); maternal grandparents, Willy (Lisa Adams, step-grandmother) and Chris Adams; paternal uncle and family, Phillip C. III and Jaime Hamilton (cousins: Phillip IV, Jacob, Benjamin); maternal uncle, Joshua Adams; paternal aunt, Nicole L. Hamilton; maternal aunt and her daughter, Heidi Adams (cousin: Destiny Gurley); and a large number of other relatives.
A memorial service for the Hamiltons was Dec. 1, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tiffin with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory in Tiffin assisted the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hamilton Family Benefit Fund at Firelands Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 8005, Bellevue, OH 44811.