Frank “Bruce” Hamp, age 80, of Yorkville, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL. He was born on August 28, 1940 in Altadena, CA, the son of Frank R. and Pauline G. (Preston) Hamp.
Bruce was raised in the San Gabriel Valley in California. Following his father and uncle into the fire service that he loved, he was employed by the US Forest Service in the Angeles National Forest primarily with the Oak Grove Hot Shots. He then served proudly in the US Army as a medic and surgical technician in the 24th Infantry Division in Augsburg, Germany. After leaving the Army, he was employed by the Fire Department of the City of Colton, California for 26 years serving as a firefighter, paramedic, and captain. He managed Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Medical Services, and Public Information finally retiring as a Division Chief in 1993.
He was united in marriage on December 28, 1986 to Christine Caulfield Eddleman whom he met in the local Emergency Department where she was an ER nurse, and he was a paramedic. After his retirement, they moved in 1994 with 3 horses and 2 dogs to Yorkville. There they joined St Patrick Catholic Church in Yorkville that became their new spiritual home. The family became whole in 1996 with the addition of their daughter Natalie Therese whom he loved dearly. Becoming a stay-at-home Dad was his joy as he taught Natalie about life, ethics, humor, love, persistence, and caring.
He was a paid -up Life member of the American Legion and a Life member of the 24th Infantry Association. However, his love and passion were with the Knights of Columbus. He was a Charter Member of the Divine Mercy Council at St Patrick Catholic Church in Yorkville where he enjoyed the friendship and comradery of the members, deacons, and clergy there. He was a 4th Degree member volunteering in many of their activities throughout the years.
A strong, devote Catholic, Bruce loved his God, his Faith, and his Church. He also had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to St Patrick.
Bruce’s interests were in hunting, fishing, and shooting sports. As a proponent of gun safety, he taught shooting skills, Hunter Safety Education for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and was a certified Illinois instructor in Concealed Carry. You might also find him on Saturday watching his favorite college football teams of Notre Dame and Northwestern, watching Blackhawk hockey, or on a weekday with his morning coffee group at Panera.
Bruce loved people, crazy jokes, military history, Catholic readings, all things Irish, veteran causes, and good conversation. He had a quick wit and enjoyed debating his conservative beliefs with anyone who would listen. He leaves behind many lifelong friends across the country whom he loved and cherished.
Bruce was a loving husband, father, son, brother-in-law, and uncle who will be deeply missed by his family and friends. His “girls” Chris and Natalie were the lights of his life and he loved them dearly.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 33 years, Chris Hamp of Yorkville, IL; his daughter, Natalie Hamp of Peoria, IL; his best friend, Sammy; several sister and brother-in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Pauline Hamp and his in laws, John and Rosemary Caulfield.
A Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 21, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 Walnut Street, Yorkville, IL with Father Matthew Lamoureux officiating. Interment with military honors will take place at a later date at St Patrick Cemetery in Bristol, IL.
A visitation will take place from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 North Bridge Street, Yorkville, IL.
Memorials may be directed to Knights of Columbus Divine Mercy Council, c/o St Patrick Catholic Church 406 Walnut St, Yorkville, IL 60560.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or (630) 553-7611.