Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1968

Andy Hamilton ANDREW M. HAMILTON, 53, a custom saddle maker & owner of Hamilton's Saddle Shop in Westbrookville, NY, & longtime area resident, died suddenly on Sept. 13, 2002 at Marshall's Creek, PA. The son of Juanita Hamilton and the late William P. Hamilton, was born October 18, 1948 in Ranger, TX. He was a member of Holy Name Roman Catholic Church in Otisville; communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Middletown; a member of the Academy of Western Artists; a corporate member of Working Ranch Cowboys Association; a member of the Dry Creek Arts Fellowship in Flagstaff, AZ; and a Veteran of the United States Navy Corpman in Vietnam. Andy was part of the winning '67-68 Bulldog football teams at Ranger High School. He played guard and linebacker under Coaches DeWitt Jones and Charlie Smith. He was a runner-up state linebacker in '67. He was featured in many Abilene Reporter stories for the intensity of the games played those years, and his ferocity in playing football was well known in the area. He was #61 in those years. Andy moved to New York in the late 60's after 2 years at Sul Ross University, being stationed in New York with the U.S. Navy. Survivors at the time of his death include his wife, Lois Czaikowski Hamilton of the home; son, Stephen Hamilton of Brooklyn; daughters, Rachel and Amanda Hamilton of Palm Beach, FL; his mother, Juanita Hamilton of Ranger; brother, Jimmy Hamilton (RHS-1968) of Ranger; sisters, Vivian Hamilton Robichaud (RHS-1972) of Philadelphia, PA, Patsy Hamilton Davis (RHS-1973) of Eastland, TX and Susan Hamilton Butler (RHS-1975) of Washington DC; another brother, Edward Hamilton (RHS-1977) of Sunnyvale, CA; as well as aunts, uncles, several nieces and nephews. MOTHER: JUANITA ROSALES HAMILTON, 90, beloved mother passed away on Feb. 22, 2023, with interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX. She was born on October 2, 1932, to Jose Rosales and Rafaela Alvarez Rosales. Juanita was a lifelong resident of Ranger. She had worked with the health care industry for the community which included serving as a caregiver and companion to the elderly. The Catholic Church was an important part of her life. Among other roles, she served as a member of the Finance Committee, past President of the St. Rita’s Altar Society, and Sacristan by preparing for celebration of the Mass. Her hobbies included quilting, crochet, gardening, and painting. She often shared these items with the church for fund raising activities. Juanita loved her community and also worked with the Ranger Historical Preservation Society. She was predeceased by her husband - Willie Paul Hamilton, her father- Jose Rosales, her mother - Rafaela Alvarez Rosales, brothers and one sister – Camillo Rosales, Angela Jimenez, Francisco Rosales, and her sons – Andrew Hamilton and Jimmy Hamilton. Juanita was survived by her children – Vivian Robichaud, Patricia Davis, Susan Butler, and Edward Hamilton. She was rich in family with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.