Wilbur Hammerlun

Nick Hammerlun

Wednesday, July 14th, 1943 - Sunday, September 27th, 2020
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Memorial Services for Nick Hammerlun, age 77, of O’Neill will be 1:30 pm Thursday, October 1, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in O’Neill with Rev. Brian Loy officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill with 7 pm prayer service. Nick passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of arrangements.

Wilbur Dwight “Nick” Hammerlun Jr. was born July 14, 1943 to Wilbur Dwight and Opal (Boshart) Hammerlun in O’Neill. He graduated from O’Neill High School in 1961. While in High School, Nick was active in FFA and liked to show cattle. After graduation, he worked on the family farm.

Nick married Alpha Grimm on July 20, 1963, and to this union three children were born: Patti, Peggy, and Nicklas. Tragically, on June 25, 1976, a traffic accident north of O’Neill took Alpha’s life. The next day, June 26, 1976, Patti Renae, 12, passed. On July 2, 1976, Peggy Kay, 10, passed away and on December 10, 1976, Nicklas John, 8, joined his mother and sisters. After enduring the loss of his family, Nick joined the Peace Corps and worked in Ecuador.

After returning to O’Neill, Nick met Lucille Schulte at a Parents Without Partners group. They married on September 13, 1980. Nick adopted Lucy’s two children; Lisa and Mike. Nick worked for the City of O’Neill for almost 20 years before retiring in 2009. After retirement, he drove school van and owned Hammerlun Monuments, where he sold cemetery monuments.

Nick was a member of First United Methodist Church in O’Neill, Compassionate Friends, Jaycees, and Freemasons. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, baking, cooking (especially inventing new recipes), spending time with grandkids, and dressing up as a clown or Santa Claus.

Nick is survived by his wife, Lucy Hammerlun of O’Neill; two children, Lisa (Keith) Hart of Wiggins, Colorado, Mike (Sara) Hammerlun of O’Neill; 5 grandchildren, Jared Hammerlun, Maddox Hammerlun, Samiya Hammerlun, Shelby Hart, Britney Hart; his brother, John (Carol) Hammerlun of O’Neill; his sister, Pam (Dick) Larsen of Fremont, Nebraska; many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Alpha and children, Patti, Peggy, and Nicklas; and special nieces, Nicole Bennett, and Emily Reiser.

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Jeanene (Backhaus) Bang

Posted at 01:33pm
Lucy, Pam, John and families: I have lost a true friend in Nick. I saw him grow up and over the years in one way or another we kept in touch (mostly through families). He had endured a lot in his life and knew that God had brought him through it. He always had a smile and a smart remark! I will miss his telephone calls and facebook messages. Bless you all in the days ahead and toss those great memories around to help with the healing. He is never far away! Love you all!

Bob Heese

Posted at 03:52pm
My Sympathy to Lucy and the entire family. I always considered Nick a good friend. When Nick was in charge of taking care of the O'Neill Parks and Cemetery they looked very nice and cared for, a lot has changed over the years after Nick retired. RIP Nick.
Bob Heese

Leroy Wiekamp

Posted at 08:11pm
Our sympathy to Nick's family,
Great memories of when you used to live in our neighborhood and we saw the kids often. Nick was always around school and at school events. We always enjoyed seeing him. I know he didn't have an easy life and hope you can hold all the best events in your memories. Sometimes there is nowhere to turn but to the Lord and we hope you are doing that now. Take care and God bless and keep each of you. The Wiekamps

Steve, Teri, Amanda, Brady, and Nate Brown

Posted at 10:22am
Lucy and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
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Joan Sage Ramold

Posted at 11:24pm
Lucy and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Nick. I got to know Nick thru Compassionate Friends. He was truly an inspiration of moving on after tragedy. May God wrap you in His arms and give you strength and comfort in your time of need. Joan Sage Ramold

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