Leland “Snappy” Earl Hamilton, the son of Larry and Eileen (Bissey) Hamilton, was born October 15, 1950, in Hampton, Iowa. In 1958, his family moved to the family farm near Humboldt, where he and his siblings helped work the farm. Lee graduated from Humboldt High School in 1970; during high school and until he started college, he worked part time at Chantland’s south plant. He attended Iowa Central Community College, graduating in 1971.
On July 21, 1971, Lee was united in marriage to Mary Callahan at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Humboldt. To this union three children were born: Leland Jr., Erin and Ross.
Lee was an Ag Mechanic from 1971 to February of 1978. In March of 1978, Lee became an independent Snap-on Dealer and continued until his retirement, working 39 years and 9 months as “Snappy”.
Lee was active with Shriner’s International and enjoyed selling onions with his father for the Shriner’s Hospital. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, wood working and spending time with family and friends, whether at the farm shooting or checking out the local ice cream shops.
Lee passed away Friday, January 6, 2023, at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City at the age of 72 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; sister, Linda (Hamilton) Price and four grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Hamilton; three children: Lee (Tammy) Hamilton, Erin Hamilton and Ross Hamilton, all of Humboldt; grandchildren: Chelsey (Logan) Ott, Elizabeth (Zach) Sisson, Anthony (Spencer) Hamilton, Chase (Dana) Hamilton, Kristopher (Tristyn) Hamilton and Khloe Hannagan; eight great grandchildren; brothers: Micheal (Maggie Murphy) Hamilton and Bruce (Janet) Hamilton; sister, LuAnn Lockwood and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Mason Lindhart Funeral and Cremation Services in Humboldt. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Humboldt.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be left to the Shriner’s Hospital, the Lion’s Club or a favorite charity.