Donald Hamm - obituary

Donald Hamm, of McGrath, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 12, 2019, at his home. He was 76 years old.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug.17, at Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Rev. Cathy Hedmark officiating. Casket bearers were Donald Hamm, Doug Bassett, Cory Bassett, Brandon Wren, Matt Anderson and Greg Hamm. Interment was at Grace Cemetery in McGrath. Military Honors were provided by the Isle VFW # 2816. Arrangements were handled by Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at

He is survived by his loving wife, Frances; children, Clarise (Doug) Bassett of Mora, and Donald (Janice) Hamm of McGrath; grandchildren, Joey (Matt) Anderson of Mora, Cory (Kari Nelson) Bassett of Mora, and Tara (Brandon) Wren of Princeton; great-grandchildren, Kyra, Hailey, Rebecca, Grace, Gus and Charlotte; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Marion Erickson, Elmer and Harold Hamm; great-grandchildren, Michael Douglas Bassett and Shelby Elizabeth Wren.

Donald was born September 5, 1942, on the family farm in McGrath to Glenn and Clara (Kuhlman) Hamm. He was baptized and confirmed Lutheran. He attended McGrath School graduating with the class of 1960. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in November of 1959 and was honorably discharged in June of 1963.

He married Frances Thole on January 9, 1965, and they enjoyed 54 years and 8 months of marriage. They were blessed with two children.

Donald’s work career consisted of machining, cabinet/woodworking, yacht building and injection molding until his retirement. He was also a state fire warden in Aitkin County for 30 years.

He enjoyed hunting, the annual Canadian fishing trips, the annual back to the 50s car show, watching wildlife in his back yard, cooking, baking, gardening and participating in the planning of their annual school reunions. As a handyman, he loved being called upon to help his neighbors. He also loved gatherings with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.