RYLAND KING HAMILTON

RYLAND KING HAMILTON
Ryland King Hamilton was born Dec. 31, 1920, in Kansas City, Mo., to Tom and Besse Hamilton and, with his three-year-old sister Nadine, completed the Hamilton family. He died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Midland Hospice, Topeka. He was 88.
Ryland’s father was a traveling salesman of women’s clothing and rode the trains from Kansas City to San Francisco, selling clothing to local merchants. It took him three months to complete a round trip. After Ryland was born, Tom wanted to be closer to home, and moved the family to Concordia in 1923 to start a new Dodge automobile franchise. His was one of the first for Dodge dealerships in the state, coming directly from the Dodge Brothers family.
Ryland graduated from Concordia High School in 1938 and from the Salt City Business College in Hutchinson in 1940. He then moved to San Antonio, where he worked at Duncan Field as an airplane welder. As World War II continued, he entered the U.S. Navy and was sent to Hawaii. He then returned to Concordia to work at the Dodge dealership established by his father, in the Hamilton building next to the Brown Grand Theatre. The business was renamed Tom Hamilton and Son, and operated for 34 years until 1959. The Hamiltons owned the 100th Dodge built, a 1914 model, a favorite in Concordia parades.
When the dealership closed, Ryland then converted the showroom into the new Mainstreet Laundromat, which he operated for 20 years. Then followed seven years in the maintenance department of the St. Joseph Hospital, a three-year stint at Wal-Mart and then part-time work for Stop and Save. He also rented storage space.
Ryland was a regional square dance caller and called many dances in the area and at national square dance conventions. His record collection and equipment have been donated to the Cloud County Historical Museum. He also was elected and served a term as a Cloud County commissioner.
Ryland was married to Dorothy Isabelle Francoeur at the Catholic Rectory in Concordia, on June 9, 1941. They were together for nearly 48 years until her death May 20, 1989.
He is survived by three sons and one daughter, including Darryl and wife Claire Hamilton of Dunnellon, Fla.; Roger Hamilton, Manhattan; Christopher and wife Kate Hamilton, Topeka; and Sue Yankovich, Erie, Colo.; eight grandchildren including Christine Kalemba, New Port Richey, Fla.; John Hamilton, Kissimmee, Fla.; Julia Swierz, Candia, N.H.; Valerie Davis, Keene, N.H.; Shawn Hamilton, Louisville, Ky.; Tahira Beth Schmidt, Topeka; Noah Hamilton, Lawrence; and Qilly Shifrin, Denver; 10 great-grandchildren including Alexander, Arielle, Emily, Jillian, Kaitlin, Kyle, Madilyn, Nicholas, Riley and Sarah. He also is survived by his sister, Nadine Johnson of Colorado Springs and by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Michael Yankovich, who died in 2002, by great-grandchild, William Schmidt who died in 2008. He also was preceded in death by his loyal companion, Wanda Istas, who died in 2008, and by his aunt, Marie Cote, who died this past June. He is survived by Wanda’s daughter, Marla Kalivoda Jorgensen, Bartlesville, Okla.
During his lifetime, he made a home for numerous pets, including his doggies Skipper, Nicholas and Pierre.
Funeral services will be at Nutter Mortuary, 116 E. 6th, Concordia, Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. with Father Barry Brinkman officiating. Burial will be in St. Concordia Cemetery with military graveside services.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m..-8 p.m., Monday, with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at Nutter Mortuary. Memorials to support the Cloud County Historical Museum may be left or sent in care of the funeral home.

OBITUARIES

CAPT. HAROLD LAVERNE TIEKING USMC (Ret.)

 CAPT. HAROLD LAVERNE TIEKING USMC (Ret.)  Capt. Harold Laverne Tieking, USMC (Ret.), passed away at home, surrounded  by his beloved family, friends and his Pekingese babies, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Harold was born in Wichita and adopted by William and Mary Tieking... [More]

DORIS CECELIA BAUSTIAN COLLINS COLE

 DORIS CECELIA BAUSTIAN COLLINS COLE  Doris Cecelia Baustian Collins Cole, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Lincoln, Neb. Visitation was from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m.  A... [More]

MARCINE L. JOHNSON

thumb

 MARCINE L. JOHNSON  Marcine L. Johnson, age 86, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the Sterling House, Salina. She was born on March 31, 1928, in Clifton, Kan., to Pete and Edith (Graves) Peterson. She graduated from Clifton High School.  Marcine taught school... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Model T ride marks completion of Cloud County Bridge No. 67

 Rebuilding of Cloud County's Bridge No. 67 between Concordia and Beloit on Highway No. 9 is now complete and Dean Holbert, rural Concordia, found a way to mark the occasion. When building of the bridge was completed 59 years ago, he and a neighbor Wilford Hare (now deceased)... [More]

County board approves signing KCAMP agreement

Cloud County board of commissioners Monday approved signing an agreement with KCAMP to participate in the Rate Stabilization Program, which requires a three year membership commitment, from Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2017, with a maximum annual rate of 2 percent for the 2015... [More]

Former governor sets stage for Democratic candidates

 Former Kansas governor John Carlin set the stage for Democrats campaigning in Concordia during Fall Fest activities Saturday.  During the campaign event at the Brown Grand Theatre, Carlin told Democrats in the audience that campaigns have consequences and that this... [More]

More News

SPORTS

Panthers place fourth in Bennington tourney

MINNEAPOLIS — Janae Champlin and Bailey Strait finished in the top 15 individually to lead the Concordia High School girls' golf team to a fourth-place finish in the Bennington/Minneapolis Invitational Monday at Minneapolis Country Club. Champlin fired a 49 to place fourth... [More]

Thunderbirds down Kansas Wesleyan JV

SALINA — The Cloud County Community College volleyball team defeated the Kansas Wesleyan junior varsity in straight sets Monday night. Cloud County rolled to a 25-6 victory in the first set. The Thunderbirds won the second set 25-19 and the third set, 25-14. Jocelyn Marten... [More]

More Sports

Buy Photos