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Retired Chief Master Sgt. Richard Hamlin

Richard Leon Hamlin, 76, of Circleville, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Topeka.  He was born June 28, 1944, in Holton, the son of Ralph and Erma (Myers) Hamlin.

          Richard graduated from Circleville High School in 1962.  He proudly served in the United States Air Force at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware from 1962 – 1968.  After active duty, Richard joined the Personnel Flight of the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard at Forbes Field in Topeka.  He retired as chief master sergeant in 1994.

           He was a member of the Circleville Masonic Lodge.

           Richard was united in marriage to Cheryl Kay Luscombe on Oct. 3, 1971, in Holton. They shared over 48 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on May 27, 2020. He was also preceded by brothers Kenneth, Robert, and Donald Hamlin, and a sister, Bonnie Burns.

          Survivors include four children, Tina Kerr (Jason) of Topeka, Jeanette Hamlin of Circleville, Jamie Bowser (Bryan) of Holton, and Brent Zibell (Heidi) of Holton; sister-in-law Geraldine Hamlin of Hoyt; 8 grandchildren, Dylan, Rylie and Ryann Bowser, Erika Bohnenkemper (Caleb), Chaz Zibell, Cortlin Kerr, Cooper Hamlin and Adalyn Hamlin-Whisler and 1 great-granddaughter, Avery Myers.

          Memorial graveside service with military honors will be 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Holton Cemetery, 11999 Highway K16, Holton.  A register book will be available at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorials may be given to the Jackson County Senior Citizens.

Due to the critical situation we all are in, please remember the families during this difficult time and consider sending a card of condolence or posting on our website. Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. Caution-www.mercerfuneralhomes.com .  We also request everyone wear masks and practice social distancing.

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Address for Mercer Funeral Home is 1101 W. 4th,  Holton.