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Harry M. Hammer Jr.

February 10, 2014

Rossville-Harry M. Hammer Jr., 72, passed away Monday, February 10, 2014 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.

He was born March 26, 1941 at Wichita, the son of Harry M. and Estyl M. Hall Hammer.  Harry graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1959.

Mr. Hammer was in law-enforcement working for the Kansas Highway Patrol Capital Police and for the city of Rossville as Chief of Police for many years before he retired.  He was a member of the Rossville Christian Church and was an active member of the Legion Riders at Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31 in Rossville.  Harry was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Topeka.

He was married to Shirley Goodwin on October 17, 1965 at Perry. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include four sons, Trey Hammer, Rossville, Kevin Hammer in Colorado, Scott (Cathy) Hammer and Jason (Chris) Hammer all of Rossville; two daughters, Brenda (Kevin) Warner, Oklahoma City, OK, and Teresa Kole, Wichita; 15 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M.Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Interment will be in the RossvilleCemetery.  Mr. Hammer will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Harry M. Hammer Memorial Fund and sent in care of Rossville State Bank, Rossville, Kansas 66533.

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27 thoughts on “Harry M. Hammer Jr.

  1. No words can express how a person feels with the passing of a loved one. May God send comfort to your family in your time of need. Sorry for your loss.

  2. Trey & Scott,
    Please know of my sincere sympathies and prayers regarding the passing of your dad. I did not know Harry real well but he was always good to me in his office on the police force. My work in Nebraska yesterday and today (Wednesday & Thursday) made it so that I could not attend services for him.
    Sincerely,
    Steve Gee

  3. Heart felt prayers to the Hammer family. Many fond memories of dinner and local benefit rides, breakfast rides to Cassoday, and mentoring in law enforcement. “No doubt..” Harry will be missed by many who came to know him, personally and professionally.

  4. Harry will be missed. I will miss his calls on all the cold snowy frosty days here in Topeka, from his vacations inTexas, when he would tell me the temprature was 85 and his toes were stuck in the warm sand.
    I learned a lot from ” OLD SGT HAMMER ” and have always considered him my friend.
    Harry will be missed.

  5. Shirley & Family, Bob & I extend our deepest sympathies to all of you. H.M. was my cousin and even though it has been years since I have seen him, I have thought of him and his parents often over the years. I was saddened to hear of his passing and pray that God will comfort you in only the way that He can during this time of grief.

  6. On behalf of the American Legion Riders of Jimmy Lillard Post 31 Rossville, Kansas, we extend our deepest sympathies. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. “Constable” will be truly missed. May he rest in peace.

  7. Shirley & family:

    He was and will remain H.M. when I think of him. So many memories! Too many to share here, but he was my closest cousin growing up, and we all thought he was the “coolest,” too.

    Larry and I remember him and his family with our thoughts and prayers, and know that he rests in peace and was warmly welcomed by his heavenly family.

    Love to you all,
    Jolene

  8. Our Harry, many, many including myself will miss you so much. I have so many great memories can’t list them all. Also, I’m so grateful for the support you and Shirley gave me when I needed it. Shirley and family, I’m here to help yall, now/

  9. Dear Shirley & family,
    We just want to extend our sympathies to you at this time of loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Shirley and family,

    Our deepest sympathy to you all. Harry was one of a kind and we were blessed to have him as a friend. So many memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Clyde and Beulah Bradley

  11. Shirley, Trey, Scott, Cathy & Families,
    We extend our deepest sympathy in your loss. May your memories comfort you now and in the days ahead. And, let’s just say….there’ll never be another–he was definitely one of a kind!
    The Stum’s ~ Sis & Wilbur,Jr. ~ Mick, Tami, Brent & Haylie Jo

  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hammer Family. Harry was a fine man that took great pride in wearing the uniform as a Sergeant with the KHP Capitol Police and his service as Chief of Police to the citizens of Rossville. I’ll remember Harry as a warm, caring and thoughtful person who loved his friends and family.

    Mark Goodloe, KHP

  13. Harry was one of the first people I met when I began my law enforcement career. I will always member his kindness, generosity, wisdom, and fairness. He was a terrific Sergeant, friend, and Brother Mason.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Jeff Johnson and Family.

  14. Shirley, Trey, and the rest of this great family,

    Please accept my deepest condolences. I have some great memories of Harry. Way too many to list. He was an awesome Sergent and friend. I learned so much from him. I can’t hardly imagine going to the pistol range without him there teaching and making us all happy.
    My heart felt prayers go out to you.
    John Alexander

  15. Trey,
    May your heart soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. God’s blessings to you and yours.

  16. Shirley and Family
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Respectfully, Vickie McGee

  17. Shirley, Trey, Scott, Jason, Kevin, Brenda, Teresa and families,

    My deepest sympathies to each of you on the loss of Harry. May the many memories you shared with him bring you great comfort during this difficult time.

  18. Scott and Cathy,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad, Scott. I know this is a very difficult time for you and the entire family. I am thinking of you guys and sending good thoughts and prayers your way. Take care.

    Tara Glades (Claycamp)

  19. The men and women of the Office of the Shawnee County Sheriff extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire Hammer Family. They are foremost in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

    • Trey and family so sorry for the loss of you father. A very sorrowful time, take comfort in the happy memories built throughout the years! My deepest condolence.
      Tammy Perry Petrocelli

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