George “Maynard” Hammer

George “Maynard” Hammer

George Maynard Hammer, 93, of Polo, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris with family by his side.   Maynard was born January 15, 1924, in Lincoln Township,  Ogle County, the son of George M. and Sarah May “Sadie” (Zumdahl) Hammer.  On March 28, 1948, he married Vernabell Quest until her passing in August of 1982.  Maynard then met and later married Doris (Flessner) Frayser on February 6, 1986.  He was a fourth generation farmer in the Ogle County area.  Maynard was a lifelong member of the Polo Church of the Brethren, and volunteered at the Polo Area Senior Center.  He enjoyed woodworking, making wooden toys and birdhouses and volunteering his services as a carpenter and builder for local community projects.

Survivors include wife Doris; sons John (Debbie) Hammer of Norcross, GA and Steven (Lila) Hammer of North Manchester, IN,  daughter Beth (Bix Morgan) Hammer of Oregon, WI and step-daughter Pam (Eric) Kuchenmeister of Hudson, IL; sister Norma Stuff of Polo; grandchildren Elizabeth (Eric) Wester, Andrew Hammer, Jim Morgan, Ben Morgan, Erica (Dave) Steffen, Hanna Kuchenmeister; great-grandchildren Alicia Wester and Josiah, Jonan and Emily Steffen.

He was preceded in death by sisters Belva Hammer and Blanche Bloyer.

Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Church of the Brethren, 401 S. Congress Ave., Polo until service time at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon immediately following.  A private burial will take place prior to services at Fairmount Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name.

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