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Thomas Michael Hammer
August 18, 1941 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Thomas Michael Hammer, 82 of Eureka Springs, passed away Monday, January 8, 2024 at Circle of Life in Bentonville. He was born August 18, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to Ralph Hammer and Marie (Barron) Hammer. “Hammer” loved to talk and had a million stories to share. He enjoyed making people laugh. He enjoyed being with friends and family. He was loyal and expected the same from others. He had a deep belief in God.
After high school, Tom joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He was proud to be a Marine! Years later he was active in the Patriot Guard, riding his motorcycle in parades and participating in flag lines to protect and honor veterans memorial services.
Tom became a Master Mason in 1976. He was so impressed with the craft that he joined York Rite, was a Knight Templar, Scottish Rite, and finally a Shriner. As a Shriner he referred 22 kids to Shriner’s Hospitals for orthopedic care at no cost. He was a three-time past Master of Basin Spring Lodge in Eureka Springs. Tom was thrilled when the Grand Master of Masonry in Arkansas asked him to be his District Deputy Grand Master. He was Commander of the American Legion Post on Holiday Island.
He had many interests, most of which he enjoyed his entire life. He studied all he could about anything that interested him. While still in high school, trains fascinated him; as a teen, he went on many railroad fan trips. At 16, he bought his first car and joined a car club. He spent hours with his buddies working on cars. That interest evolved into racing…stock cars, then dragsters. Later he got into motorcycles (desert racing) and then competitive go-karts which he considered the most fun type of racing. Off-roading in the desert outside San Diego was exciting in his Bronco. Later he built a model railroad in his basement…small but with more operations possible than most bigger layouts. He had his private pilot’s license as well as an instrument and commercial rating. When a friend asked if he could fly radio-controlled planes on Tom’s property…that became his next hobby. He enjoyed War Birds Over Arkansas and Octoberfest fly-ins on his property for many years, drawing R C flyers from multiple states for the events.
Tom is survived by his wife Sue. They were married over 57 years and she shared most of his interests. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Florence and multiple nieces and nephews of whom he was very fond.
A military memorial will be held at the Fayetteville National Cemetery at a later date. Donations in Tom’s memory can be made to the Berryville Public Library Building Fund, 104 Spring Street, Berryville, AR 72616. They provided many hours of pleasant reading for Tom.
Funeral services are under the direction of Madison County Funeral Service of Huntsville.