Derek James Hamilton, 22, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, at his home in McCook.
Derek was born July 3, 1982, to James Jr. and Debra (Lytle) Hamilton. He graduated from McCook High School in 2001, Wyoming Tech in Laramie, Wyo., in 2002, and was valedictorian at Audi Academy, ITT, in Chicago in 2002.
Derek worked at Stammler Imports in Boulder, Colo., before moving back to McCook in 2003. He was working for Valmont at the time of his death.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bernard and Fern Lytle and James Hamilton, Sr.
He is survived by his parents, James and Debra Hamilton of McCook; two sisters, Melissa and Lucas Sahm of Omaha and Tina and Brad Reischl of Avoca, Iowa; two nieces, Mikayla Sahm and Jessica Sahm of Omaha and expectant niece or nephew from Avoca; grandmother, Lois Hamilton of McCook; uncles and aunts, Jay and Deb Hudgens, Darrell and Brenda Svoboda, Larry and Karen Siebrandt, and Linnea Ricley all of McCook, Rick and Sue Hamilton of Casper, Wyo., Dave and Faye Dunworth of Mesa, Ariz.; 15 cousins and many friends, and all who shared his joy and passion for cars.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, 11 a.m., at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Pastor John Strecker-Baseler will be officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park cemetery.
Friends may sign his book at the funeral home tonight until 8 p.m. or go online at www.carpenterbreland.com to extend condolences.