Floyd E. Hammontree

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Floyd E. Hammontree

August 27, 1932 - March 04, 2019

Floyd E. Hammontree Floyd E. Hammontree, husband, father, grandfather and avid golfer, passed away peacefully at his home in Arlington, Texas, on March 4, 2019. His wife, Arlyss (Bowen), was at his side.
Floyd was born in Summit City on Aug. 27, 1932 to Floyd and Helen (Van Pelt) Hammontree. He spent his first years in Kingsley before moving to the Whitehall area.
He remembered fondly his summers in Summit City working on the Van Pelt farm. He really enjoyed working with his young uncles, Chet and Rex, and cousin, Lyle. He explored the banks of the Manistee River, where the cows were pastured. There, his love of nature grew, and that love he would instill in his kids and grandkids. There were many times when "PopPop" would walk with his grandkids around his property, pointing out birds by call or sight or the trees he had painstakingly transplanted.
While in school in Whitehall he met his future and first wife, Claire (Riddell). They married on Sept. 27, 1952 in Whitehall.
He went into the U.S. Army, served in Germany and was honorably discharged.
He received a degree from Michigan State University in construction science in 1958. In 1965 he was overjoyed when a career opportunity allowed him to move his family back to Northern Michigan.
He and Claire built a cottage near Elk Rapids, where family and friends spent many summers sailing, swimming and sitting around beach fires. This trend carried on when they moved south of Traverse City, having family and friends over for holidays, family reunions and many evenings around the bonfire. He enjoyed his own golf course.
He and Claire had planned a life of travel when she was diagnosed with cancer. She preceded him in death on July 3, 1999. We still miss her every day!
While at his 50th class reunion he re-met Arlyss Childs, and they married on Feb. 14, 2003. They were very happy for over 16 years and spent the summers in Traverse City and winters in Arlington, Texas. They hosted great events at the family home, where Floyd mixed and shared a great martini!
Surviving are his wife, Arlyss; brother, Theo (Char); his children, Steve (Rochelle), Christy Dunne, Scott (Lynn) and Thom (Tina); his eight grandchildren, Evan (Jillian), Sean, Emma, Dylan, Holden, Claire, Lucas and Jack; his two great-grandchildren, Tessa and Bennett; sister-in-law, Diane Toberman; his stepson, Bobby Troughton; and step grandsons, Tim and Luke.
Floyd had the opportunity in his last few weeks to share with each of his children his description of his life. "Don't be sad for me, I've had the best life you could imagine. All my life I've been surrounded by caring and loving people who I think really liked me for me. I had a job that I loved. I had 50 years with Claire and 20 years with Arlyss. I have four wonderful kids of which I am so proud. I have been one of the luckiest men on earth." He said these things with a quality of disbelief but to all of us who loved him, he was very deserving of his wonderful life.
Although we mourn, we celebrate having him in our lives.
Cremation services were handled by Moore Funeral Home, Arlington, Texas, and arrangements for a memorial are yet to be made.
Peace.
Published on March 10, 2019
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David Stackhouse
Mar 11, 2019
So sorry to hear about Floyd, I’ll always remember taking the trash to the dump with him in his model T pick up. We were all so skinny, we could fit Floyd and two kids in the front seat.