Jay M. Hamilton



Jay M. Hamilton, 86, of Medford, Ore., passed away on

April 17, 2008.



Jay was born to Ernest J. and Pearl E. (Bernstrom) Hamilton on October 29, 1921 at Holy Cross Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from South High School, Salt Lake City, June 1940. Jay majored in forestry management at Utah State University, class of 1944.



Jay entered the U.S. Army in 1944 and with his advanced ROTC class, was assigned to I Company, 304th Infantry

Regiment, 76th Infantry Division. Jay served our country in World War II (Mulde River, East Germany). While serving in Germany he met Ingeborg Marianne Haase. They married August 9, 1947 in Upper Bavaria, Germany. She preceded him in death in 1976.



Jay retired from active military service as a Lieutenant

Colonel from Fort Ord, Calif., May 31, 1963.



Jay served Providence Hospital, Medford as Personnel

Director from 1968-1977; and was Secretary - Treasurer, 304th Infantry Regiment Association, 76th Infantry Division Association from 1998-2000.



On February 18, 1977, Jay married Edith Barbara Prack, who survives. A sister, Mary Beth Logan of Manhatten Beach,

Calif.; son, Steve (Charlene) Hamilton; daughters, Catherine Ann Hamilton, Margaret (Eric) Patterson; and son, Mark (Ann) Hamilton, all of Medford; stepchildren, Barbara (Peter) Benson of Portland, Ore., and Anton Prack, of San Francisco, Calif., survive. Jay leaves behind 8 grandchildren and — great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.



Rosary will be conducted at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. also at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospital, Medford or Sacred Heart Catholic Church.