Robert Lee Hampton
June 16, 1926 – April 17, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:18 AM
Robert (Bob) Hampton, 90, Darlington passed away at 10:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017, following a lengthy illness.
He was born June 16, 1926, to Cecil Barb and Freeda Alice Conrad Hampton.
Mr. Hampton was a 1944 graduate of Darlington High School and worked at RR Donnelley for 43 years. On Oct. 3, 1947, he married Barbara (Barkie) Ann Dale and she survives. He was a graduate of the Artillery School at Fort Sill, Okla., served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII and retired as a Major. After discharge, he enlisted in the Service Battery 139th Field Artillery Battalion Indiana Army National Guard in Darlington and was appointed 1st Sergeant. Upon being commissioned, he served as Ammo Train Commander and later as Battery Commander. After re-designation of the unit in 1959, he was assigned to Battalion Staff as S-4. He was a member and past commander of Darlington Legion Post 302, Elks Lodge 483, Linden Lodge 697 F & AM, Reserve Officers Association and Darlington Methodist Church. He was also Franklin Township Trustee for 20 years. Mr. Hampton enjoyed fishing, selling paper weights at flea markets, traveling to Florida, doing carpentry work for his family, playing cards and dominos, and making peanut butter fudge and homemade ice cream. He was honored to travel to Washington, D.C. and visit the WWII Memorial and other sites with the Gold Star Honor Flight.
Survivors in addition to his wife of 69 years are six children, Sherry (Phil) Mahoy, Tom (Sue) Hampton, Bruce Hampton, Margie Hampton, Phil (Amy) Hampton and Brent (Lorianne) Hampton; 10 grandchildren, Carrie, Jill, Ryan, Angela, Megan, Josh, Steven, Matthew, Adam and Breanna; eight great-grandchildren, Chase, Alysse, Gabe, Mallory, Jacob, Samantha, Olivia and Ethan; and a sister, Janet McClaskey.
He was preceded in death by his parent; two sisters, Lucille Lang and Maxine Cook; and two brothers, Frederick and John Hampton.
Graveside funeral services with military rites are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 21 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Darlington with the Rev. Mike Whitacre officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Darlington Methodist Church 546 Main St. Darlington, IN 47940, the Darlington Public Library 203 W. Main St. Darlington, IN 47940 or the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
Online condolences may be made at www.burkhartfh.com.