Atlee Eugene Hamlin

June 05, 1927 - October 08, 2020

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Saturday, October 10, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Graveside - Fairfield Cemetery


Saturday, October 10, 2:00 PM
Graveside - Fairfield Cemetery


Atlee Eugene “Gene” Hamlin, 93, of Avilla and formerly of Kendallville died Thursday, October 8, 2020, at Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.

He was born June 5, 1927, to Marcus Benjamin and Lestie Martha (Pafford) Hamlin.

Mr. Hamlin honorably served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

Gene was blessed with the opportunity to be on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in September, 2015.

On February 6, 1953, he married Maxine J. Friskney. She preceded him in death on February 7, 2017.

He was co-owner and head mechanic of Friskney Implement in Kendallville.
Gene enjoyed gardening, traveling, and telling stories.

Surviving are a daughter, Deborah (George) Hall of Auburn; three sons, Craig (Cheryl) Hamlin of Kendallville, Roger Hamlin of Fort Wayne, and Ritchie (Dawn) Hamlin of Corunna; a daughter-in-law, Mary Hamlin of Plainfield; 12 grandchildren, Scott (Meghan) Hamlin, Julie (Mike) Hamlin Lee, Jenny (Dan) Hall Hartman, Christina (Shane) Hall Pranger, Marcus Hamlin, Ben Hamlin, Matthew Hamlin, Katie Hamlin, Laura Hall, Chris Hamlin, Jesse Hamlin, and Erin Hamlin; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, June Stackhouse of Kendallville, Beatrice Douglas of Auburn, and Beulah Morr of Fort Wayne; and a brother, Argile (Marilyn) Hamlin of Kendallville.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Hamlin; two sisters, Frances Lafferty and Oneita Bailey; and three brothers, John Hamlin, Walter Hamlin, and Russell Hamlin.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 10, 2020, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the graveside.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Fairfield Cemetery in DeKalb County with Tom Novy officiating.

A live broadcast of the service will be available for viewing on the Young Family Funeral Home Facebook page Saturday at 2 p.m.

Per the Governor of Indiana, face masks are required to be worn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Honor Flight Northeast Indiana or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Becky Drerup, NP -C
October 18th, 2020 8:05pm
Rome City, IN

Debbie and family, Hugs to all of you as you say goodbye to your Dad. He served his country and his family well. Rest In Peace Mr Hamlin.

Gale Shultz
October 16th, 2020 2:05pm
South Milford, IN

Sorry to hear we lost Eugene. I always held him in high regard for his abilities to quickly diagnose problems and fix farm equipment. As a young boy, dad could not figure out how to get the baler to knot correctly, so he had Eugene come out to work on it. In no time, the problem was fixed. From then on, he was the go-to "baler man" for us. Decades later I married Walt Hamlin's niece (Cathy) and was able to talk to Eugene on a few occasion at different get-togethers. Truly a good man, sure he is in a better place now, he will be missed.

Douglas Morr
October 10th, 2020 7:10pm
Bourbonnais, Illinois

Thank you for the beautiful service and celebration of Uncle Eugene’s life. All my love and prayers to my cousins and family in these trying times. I know he is being welcomed now by those who have gone before and resting safe in our Lord’s arms.

Bruce Hamlin
October 10th, 2020 3:52pm
Spencer, Indiana

I am so sorry for the loss of a family member. My father who also has gone to heaven appreciated him and I enjoyed talking with him at family reunions.

Howell and Janet (Helms) Townes
October 10th, 2020 3:23am
Nashville, Tennessee

I will always remember the hospitality of Uncle Eugene and Aunt Maxine when they made room for us to spend the night and have breakfast in their home in Avilla, IN after we traveled from near Terre Haute, IN to attend the Hamlin Reunion in Kendallville, IN..I was perhaps a teenager then, Uncle Eugene was such a kind man, loving and serving others, and a true Patriot. So sorry for the great loss to each family member.

Charlotte Coffelt Waldron
October 9th, 2020 11:57pm

So sorry to see his passing. He was such a good man. Back in the 60's, when I stayed with Grandpa Friskney to help out, Gene took me to school every day. He was always ready to help family. My mother, Doris, was very fond of Gene and Maxine and always enjoyed their visits. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Nancy Kirk
October 9th, 2020 10:49pm
Kendallville, in

Prayers to the family

Kevin Cook
October 9th, 2020 1:49pm

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Mike McKinney
October 8th, 2020 11:01pm
Clearwater, FL

So sorry to hear about your father. My prayers are with you and your family.

David and Ginny Liles
October 8th, 2020 10:24pm
Grimsby, Ontario

We are so very sorry to hear of Gene's passing. Many many days and nights were spent in their home when i was growing up. Gene and Maxine always welcomed me as their own. Now they are re united, as we know he longed to be with her again, and with Mike. What a void will be left for the family, but for those who have the faith, know that it is a reunion in heaven. May the Lord comfort all of the family during this time. Love you all - Dave and Ginny Liles