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Everrett C. Hamme, 1927-2008

Everett C. Hamme passed away peacefully in Mount Vernon, Washington on April 24, 2008 surrounded by his loving family.
Everett was born on July 27, 1927 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He grew up in the Midwest and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After serving his country, he moved to the Pacific Northwest where he worked on the Union Pacific Railroad.
He moved to Skagway in 1967 where he met his wife, Joanne. They married in 1968. While in Skagway, he worked on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad. After his work on the railroad, he took a position with Teamsters Local 959 as a regional business agent for Southeast Alaska.
He retired to Washington in 1989 where he and his wife enjoyed gardening and exploring the country backroads. His daily trips to the Mount Vernon Haggens Starbucks earned him an Honorary Barista Degree. Though 80 years old, he remained young chasing around his granddaughter, Shannan.
Hamme is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joanne; son, Scott (Catherine) Matthews; granddaughter Shannan Matthews; grandson Michael (MaryBeth) Ennist; great grandchildren, Haley and Dominik Ennist; brother Wally (Muriel) Hamme; half-brother, Michael Hamme; and numerous nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kim Matthews; his parents; two sisters and one brother.
At Everett’s request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Skagit County Humane Society or your favorite animal charity. Our family would especially like to thank all the staff at Skagit Valley Hospital. Your care, compassion and professionalism during this difficult time will never be forgotten.
– Submitted by the family