Robert A. “Bob” Hamstead

May 14, 1942 ‒ May 15, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio
Formerly of Charleston, West Virginia

Robert A. “Bob” Hamstead, 77, of Mount Vernon formerly of Charleston, WV passed away on Wednesday morning, May 15, 2019 at Knox Community Hospital with his caring family by his side. He was born on May 14, 1942 in Clarksburg, WV to the late David S. and Ruth (Talbott) Hamstead.

Bob honorably served his country in the Air Force, stationed in Germany.  He retired from Amherst Industries, where served as the company Treasurer.  Bob was a member of the Odd Fellows in Charleston and the Sons of the American Revolution in Mount Vernon.  He enjoyed cooking, but most of all Bob loved to spend time with his family.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Janet (Myers) Hamstead, whom he married on January 6, 1968; children, Jamie (Michael) Strait of Mount Vernon and Seth (Mary Bess Hart) Hamstead of New Orleans, LA; grandchildren, Talbot and Arden Hamstead; step granddaughter, Briean Strait of Mount Vernon; step great grandson, Logan Armstrong of Mount Vernon; brother, David W. (Nancy) Hamstead of Frederick, MD; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in the Greenwood Cemetery, 1526 National Rd., Wheeling, WV with Military Honors provided by the United States Air Force.

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  • Janet and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss, and will miss him as a friend and neighbor.
    Bob was certainly one of the finest men that I had the pleasure of working with on a Board and a wonderful friend and neighbor.

    A quiet unassuming man that bought a smile to my face by just having a nice quiet card game or visit. He was always concerned about Patsy whenever I saw him, and always invited me in to sit and visit

    He will certainly be missed by those of us that played cards with him and the breakfast and lunch crew (which) he picked for us once a month, and all of us that had the opportunity to work with him.

    He left us with wonderful memories to remind us of him.

  • I am glad to have met Bob through his diligent service on his Chrysler van at Goetzman and now Mathews Chrysler in Mount Vernon. May God be with his family during this time.

  • Janet and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Expressing my sincerest condolences and wishing you all comfort during this time.

  • I was so saddened to read Bob’s obituary. Janet, Jammie, and Seth (that includes each of your respective spouses etc.) I called Margaret to see if she would ride with me to Wheeling and found out she’s been recouperating from a fracture hip (she fell down the basement stairs taking the laundry). I don’t trust my self to drive alone. So, I won’t be able to make it. I so wanted to see you all. Seth, tell you wife that I met her father in the mid 1990’s-he and I both attended a series of workshops on how to minister to persons with aids. Janet, I’m now living with Karin and Chuck and the 2 girls. Mary Kathern is so grown up and a teen!! Lauren is an old soul. I phoned the funeral home to inquire about a charity; they said they didn’t know of any. Then they called me back and said the local Episcopal priest was going to conduct the service in Wheeling, so if you wish, I thought I’d donate to St. Christopher’s at the foot of Edgewood and Washington. They are between priests right now and are using supply clergy. The diocese had closed the Holy Family in S. Chas., St. James on & 7th Ave., which was a predominately black and Phd’s from WVSU in institute. So, the choir director and much of the choir are from that church and sing very well. I Church in Kanawha City was bought by a couple who love much and they live there and on occasion have musical presentations.
    So, it’s probably the most integrated church in Charleston. Also the beautiful needle point kneelers are still there. I recall that Bob used to go to a midweek early service, at 6:30 or 7 am. And that you and the kids usually went to a Sunday service.
    I still go to the UUCongreation when I can. My arthritis really as affected my ability to ambulate. Margaret and I both decided the old age isn’t for sissies. And that we both somewhat qualify. I guess I didn’t realize that Bob wasn’t well. I recall that he had heart surgery while you were still on Hawthorn. Take let Jammie help you and hug you, or ask your priest for help. I realize you are a very strong woman but we women tend to take care of everyone and hesitate to take care of ourselves or ask for help. God Bless. You are and will continue to be in my thoughts, heart and prayers.
    In faith, Kay Thorsteinson.. 208 17th St., Dunbar, WV 25064 304/382/0716