OBITUARY - RICHARD DEAN HAMMOND
Richard Dean HAMMOND was born at home south of Diagonal on December 16, 1926, the son of Foster & Mary Martha
(NOVAK) HAMMOND. Richard would later welcome a younger sister Phyllis Anne. Richard graduated from Diagonal High
School in 1945. On February 12, 1949, he was united in marriage to Martha Alice BLADON at the First Christian Church
in Creston. After several years of farming Richard became a custodian and bus driver for the Diagonal Community
School District. He worked 16 years as a patrol driver for Ringgold County Highway Department. He lived his entire
life in Diagonal where he was a member of the Lions Club; charter member of the Rural Development Diagonal Housing
Unit; Fogle Lake Development; and was a member of the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Posse.
Richard passed away on July 27, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law Vernon "Slim" & Vera
BLADON; and a brother-in-law Doyle BLADON.
Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Martha HAMMOND, of Diagonal; two children Dick HAMMOND and Diana
TURNER & husband Curt, all of Creston, IA; six grandchildren, Tiffini (Jason) KNIGHT of Nashport, OH; Ryan (Yanxin)
HAMMOND of Sammamish, WA; Atisha (Jason) BRUCE of Creston; Callie (Mike) BRUCE of Creston; Katie (Brian) STRIDER of
Creston; and Travis (Emily) TURNER of Creston; eight great-grandchildren Brooklyn KNIGHT, Abbie BRUCE, Evan & Caitlin
BRUCE, Cole & Kyle STRIDER, Cael & Ella TURNER; his sister Phyllis Anne (Bill) ANDREWS of Diagonal; sister-in-law
Helen BLADON of Bella Vista, AR; two brothers-in-law LaVern (Rene) BLADON of Bella Vista, AR, and Frank (Ginger)
BLADON of Clearwater, FL; uncle Joseph Vince BISHOP of Port Jervis, NY; aunt Doris GREEN of Creston; a host of
nephews, nieces and friends.
Memorials are to the Marlin Fogle Recreation Area.
[Interment was made at Diagonal Cemetery, Diagonal, Iowa.
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