Lucian “Lou” B. Hammer, Jr.

Beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather Lucian B. “Lou” Hammer, Jr., a six-decade resident of Lawrence, Kansas passed away September 11, 2020 due to a brief respiratory illness at 96. He was born 9/14/23 in Marion, Kansas, to Lucian, Sr. and Mary Hammer, and was raised with his sister, Yvonne, in Claflin, Kansas. 1941 graduate of Claflin High School. After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1949 he worked at the local Lawrence Paper Company for 38 years, retiring as their purchasing agent, and was a longtime and faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church since 1950, including many years as their head usher and day reader, and a member of Lutheran Men’s Club.

A child of the 1930’s Great Depression, he learned early to appreciate and respect the value of discipline, hard work and a dollar, willingly shared what he had with others in need, and gave every person their due no matter what their station. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving his country for three years with the 1st Marine Corps Air Group, MAC 24, on Bougainville in the South Pacific Solomon’s during World War II, and was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, also as a member of the Marine Corps League, passing along his patriotic beliefs and ideals to his sons and others. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Association, and a Life Member of the American Legion and VFW.

Ever the Jayhawk booster, after he graduated the University of Kansas business school, B.S. in Business, he was a Life Member of the K.U. Alumni Association, a Life Member of the Retiree Club, and a Life Member of the Alumni Gold Medal Club. He was also a Member of the Memorial Hospital Endowment Association (Hi Five League. During the ensuing years he enjoyed watching four generations of K.U. athletes compete. He was a player for the K.U. baseball team three years as a pitcher, called “Lefty-Lou,” and a member of the Baseball Diamond Club, and the K-Club, and to his last days stayed in regular contact with some of the other surviving members of his original K.U. baseball team for over 50 years. He was also active in local civic activity, as a 48-year member of the former Luncheon Cosmopolitan Civic Club, was a Past President, received its Distinguished Service Award, and the Lawrence Horse Shoe Association, winning many trophies at area tournaments.

He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Lorraine, his mother and father and his sister, Yvonne Westbrook. Mourning the loss of a good and decent man are his two sons, Robert Hammer and wife Malinda, Gary Hammer and wife Julie, as well as six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

After a life well-spent, Lou Hammer will be remembered by those who knew him best as a loving hero to his family, a loyal patriot to his country, and a faithful servant of God. He will forever be known as generous, humble, and devoted to family, friends and faith. While we have no doubt he is resting comfortably in eternal peace with his Maker and reunited with his beloved wife on this day, he will be deeply missed by all of us left behind on this side of the veil, until we all meet again. All who knew him celebrate his life and his legacy.

No public memorial service will be held due to the current situation. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway, Lawrence, KS or may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

6 Condolences

  1. Nancy Landis on September 11, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Mr. and Mrs. Hammer were two of my mom’s favorite people. Mom, Betty Mechavich, worked with Mr. Hammer at Lawrence Paper Company till she retired in 1987. She spoke highly of him as both co-worker and friend. My sympathies to the family.

  2. Aynsley Anderson Sosinski on September 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    To the family of Mr Hammer: I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Hammer attended my health screening clinics at LMH for many years as well as several other of our community education programs. He also on occasion would just show up in my office to visit and I was always delighted to see him. I know he was also a favorite of the LMH Cardiac Rehab staff where he frequently exercised. He was such a sweet, humble man and so enjoyable to chat with. He was very devoted to his late wife and I know he missed her immensely after her passing. I hope you can take some comfort in that the two of them are now reunited. My sincere condolences. Aynsley Anderson Sosinski, RN

  3. DAVE AFFALTER on September 13, 2020 at 11:06 am

    To GARY & JULIE & the rest of your family our thoughts are with you during this time.

  4. Candace Dunback on September 14, 2020 at 9:07 am

    On behalf of K Club, Kansas Baseball and Kansas Athletics, please know your family is in our thoughts as you reflect on quite a legacy. Thank you for sharing his time with us and we hope you have many Jayhawk memories to share. Rock Chalk.

    Candace Dunback
    Senior Director of K Club
    Kansas Athletics

  5. Carl and Joyce Burkhead on September 17, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Well, the Lord blessed the Hammer family with two wonderful people: Lou and Lorraine. We knew both and know Gary’s side of their family who are equally lovely. It is not a sad happening that Lou has past but really a wonderful reality that he has now joined those who have gone before him. Also, he leaves a legacy that will inspire his children, grands and greats. Above all, he was a godly man who produced much fruit in God’s Kingdom. Well done, good and faithful servant; enter now into your rest.

  6. Amanda and Chris Storm on October 9, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Lou. He was always a steadfast and quiet man. We knew we could count on a smile as he sat in a pew up front and later closer to us. The kids loved being “cookie fairies” and bestowing upon him his favorite – thin mints.

    Our hearts go out to you all for the loss of such a good father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

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