|By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 01:41 pm: Edit|
LTC William J. Hammond II, U.S Army, (Ret), was born Nov 10, 1919 in Troy, NY went to be with His Lord, July 1, 2010 at the age of 90. He was an extraordinary man. Bill graduated from Michigan State University in 1941 with a degree in Police Administration. He was commissioned as an Army Officer and began serving in a wide variety of fields. He married Eva Lucas of Pharr, Texas who joined him on a great adventure for 52 years until her death in 1997. Bill did graduate study at Yale and the University of VA. He later completed an LLB degree as well as held diplomas in Fencing and German which he received in Europe. Bill served variously in the military as a General Staff Officer, Public Safety Officer, Military Governor in Germany, Mountain Infantry Officer, Armored Infantry Officer, Military Police Officer, Counter Intelligence Officer and Intelligence Officer. He spent 12 years of his military career in Germany. He retired in 1964 and returned to San Antonio, Tx where they owned a house. He joined the Texas Parole System as a District Parole Officer. Bill became a Senior Officer in the San Antonio-West Parole Office and was appointed Administrative Judge for parole revocation hearings in 1973. He received the Law Enforcement Award of the Year in 1976 from the San Antonio Lions Clubs and was a member of various boards to include the TOUCH Narcotic Program. He retired from the State in 1982. Bill truly cared about his parolees and their families and worked tirelessly, encouraging, counseling, and overseeing them in rebuilding their lives. Upon retiring, he turned his attention to serving the Lord through the Alliance Bible Church. He was the business manager, elder, painter, janitor and everything in between for many years. Bill was also quite an athlete. His primary sport interest was fencing. He instructed fencing at Michigan State, Syracuse Pan American and Southwest Texas State Universities. He was the European Theater Foil Champion and member of 1948 Olympic Squad. He also instructed Judo and Jujitsu. Bill is survived by his son William J. Hammond III and wife Mary, daughter Susie Roberts and husband Ken, 3 grandchildren, Jason Roberts, Joshua Roberts and Will Hammond along with 3 nieces Wendy Hammond, Heidi Hammond and Dana Hammond. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2010 at Sunset Funeral Home with the committal service to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Great Commission Fund, PO Box 35000, Colorado Springs, CO 80935-3500.