Kenneth Eugene Hampton
(June 6, 1949 - March 29, 2013)
Kenneth E. "Gene" Hampton, 63, Harveyville, Kansas passed away Friday, March 29, 2013 at his home. He was born on June 6, 1949 in Horton, KS, the son of Kenneth Edwin Hampton and Myrtle Marie (Koelling) Hampton. On July 5, 2004, while he was home on leave from Iraq, he married Gretta L. (Davis) Green in Topeka, KS. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include one brother, Joe Hampton, Rushville, MO, two daughters and son-in-laws from a previous marriage, Lori and Broc Hankins, Leawood, KS and Amy and Jason Vanderweide, Topeka, KS, one step-son, Zane Green, Harveyville, KS, 4 grandchildren, Ryder and Ellie Hankins, Kate and Lucas Vanderweide, his previous wife of twenty-seven years, Linda S. (Stirton) Hampton, close friends, Cathy Dove and her family, all of Horton, KS, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Betty Lou Hampton. He graduated from Hiawatha High School, in 1967. He proudly served his country during his military service encompassing 42 years and 6 month with active commissioned service of 16 years and 3 months. He began his military career on September 22, 1967, when he enlisted in Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion 130th Field Artillery Radio Teletype Operator. He began Basic Training on December 27, 1967. While still in Basic and Advanced Individual Training he received orders mobilizing him with the 69th Infantry Brigade in May of 1968. After serving 9 months at Ft Carson, Colorado he was called as an individual replacement to Viet Nam. While in Viet Nam he served with Company D 23rd Medical Battalion until the Brigade Demobilized in December 1969. After returning from Active Duty he was assigned to Service Battery 2nd Battalion 130th FA in the Communications Section. He worked in that capacity until April 1974 when he was hired Full Time as the Assistant Administrative Supply Technician for Headquarters and Headquarters Battery 2nd Battalion 130th Field Artillery. In April 1975 he was assigned to Battery B 2nd Battalion 130th FA and served in several positions. In March of 1992, he was Reassigned to Service Battery of the Battalion and assigned as the Battalion Property Book Officer. After Battalion Reorganization in 1996 he was reassigned back to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery as the Battalion Property Book Officer. In Dec 2003, the Unit was Mobilized and sent to Iraq and released on March 5, 2005. He remained the Property Book Officer for the Battalion until Sep 2006 when he transferred to HHD STARC and worked as a Team Chief in the Central Property Book Office. In December 2007, he took over as the Chief Property Book Officer in the Central Property Book Office until his retirement on April 2, 2010. His awards and decorations include National Defense Ribbon (3), Viet Nam Service Medal, Viet Nam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, Republic of Viet Nam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation w/Palm, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (4), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (M), Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3), Kansas National Guard Commendation Medal, and Kansas National Guard Service Medal.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Carey Funeral Home, 503 S. Topeka Ave, Burlingame, Kansas. An additional visitation will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary, Horton, Kansas. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm following the visitation. Burial with Military Graveside Rites will be near his family home, in Claytonville Cemetery, northeast of Horton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kenneth Eugene Hampton Memorial Fund to be designated at a later date. A special message may be sent to the family at www.dishon-maple-chaney.com