Jim “J.O.” Hamilton, 90, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra, Mo.

Jim “J.O.” Hamilton, 90, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra, Mo.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Mo. Pastor Dan Jones will officiate. Burial with full military honors by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55 will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal, Mo.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. There will be Masonic Honors at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday before funeral services.

Jim was born on September 30, 1924, in Hannibal, Mo., to James Oscar “Bob” and Hazel B. Haden Hamilton Sr.

Jim was first married to Lorene Patton. She preceded him in death in 1969. He later married Yvonne “Ginger” Mitchell on March 28, 1970, in Hannibal, Mo. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Gayle (Hamilton) Franklin (Paul) of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Jim Francis of Hannibal, Mo.; three grandchildren, Amy (Franklin) Smith (C.J.) of Wixon, Mich., Laura (Franklin) Hess of Dubuque, Iowa., and James Francis (Brandy); five great-grandchildren, Clara, Joel, Mitchell, Austin and Carter; one brother-in-law, William Henry Mitchell II (Peg) of Louisiana, Mo.; special friends, John and Donna Teel, Bill and Marty Shadwell, Greg and Candy Mitchell, Stephen Mitchell and family, and dear friend, Debbie Francis.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Hilda Sue Davis.

Jim worked in finance for most of his professional career. He formerly worked for The Farmers and Merchants Bank, Plowman and Greenville, and later was district credit manager for Tempo Department Stores.  Following his work with Tempo, Jim operated “The Hamilton House,” a catering business with his wife, Ginger.

Jim was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a ward clerk at the Walter Reed Army Hospital during World War II. Jim had many interests throughout his life; he enjoyed anything financial and collecting coins. He also enjoyed some of life’s simple pleasures such as taking a drive in his car or traveling extensively with his wife in their motor home, especially their visits to Biloxi, Mississippi. Jim had a great sense of humor and could visit with anyone and was always knowledgeable about the weather or best travel routes. In his younger years Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jim was happiest spending time with friends and family. He was a Mason and Shriner. Jim was also very proud to have been a member of the original Hannibal Jaycees group that started National Tom Sawyer Days. Jim took great pride in Hannibal and also served as treasurer of the Historic Hannibal Group. Jim and his wife purchased and rehabilitated a group of historic row buildings on North Main Street during this time. Jim was a member of the Ilasco Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at www.jamesodonnellfunerahome.com