Lt. Col. (Ret.) William H. Hammick, Jr., 91, of Plantsville, CT, passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at his home.
Born in New Britain on June 12, 1932, he was the son of the late Nettie Mae Gardner and William H. Hammick, Sr.
He leaves behind his devoted wife, Charlotte Merriman Hammick, 2 sons, Kenneth W. Hammick and wife Tanya of Portland, William H Hammick III and wife Joyce of Southington, 4 daughters, Kim Cilley of Waite, ME, Kathleen Leighton of Princeton, ME, Karen Barbato and husband Giuseppe of Plantsville, Brenda Hammick of New Britain, daughter-in-law, Violet Skrzyniarz of Cheshire, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren and numerous step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived his sister, Barbara Poglitsch of South Windsor, many sisters and brothers-in law and several nieces and nephews. He had many, many friends over the years. He was predeceased by his first wife Joyce (Lindelof) Hammick, two brothers, Harold L. Hammick and David A. Hammick, Sr., stepdaughter, Faith Merriman and son-in-law, Craig Cilley.
William attended E.C. Goodwin Tech in New Britain and joined the U.S. Army on September 7, 1949 at the age of 17. He rose to the rank of Sgt. First Class in the United States Army and was sent to Korea in September of 1951. He was promoted to Second Lt. in Korea in May 1952 and returned to the United States in September of 1952 where he attended the Fort Sill Basic Field Artillery Officers course.
In subsequent years, he attended the University of Connecticut. He also graduated from the Basic and Advanced Infantry Officers courses at Fort Benning Georgia and The Resident/Non Resident Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS and the National Security Management Course from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Besides the campaign ribbons from his tour in Korea, he was awarded The Expert Infantry Badge while a member of the Connecticut National Guard and The Meritorious Service Medal while a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He retired from the United States Army Reserve in 1992 as a Lt. Colonel. William worked for Energy Services of Farmington for 23 years, retiring in 2002 and then worked as a consultant with them for several more years. He was a Construction Superintendent and Site Manager for the construction of gas turbine power plants in this country and abroad.
William was a member of the Plantsville Congregational Church with his wife. He was also a member of the American Legion and Military Officers Association of America. He was a Founding Sponsor of the US Army Museum. He was a Registered Land Surveyor in the State of Connecticut since 1968 and a member of the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors.
A funeral service will be celebrated at 12 noon on Friday, September 8, 2023 at the Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Plantsville. Burial with military honors will follow in Wonx Spring Cemetery, Plantsville. Calling hours will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.