Allan hammer

Graveside funeral services for Allan Hammer will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Sunnyside Cemetery, Coupeville, with Pastor Cliff Horr officiating. Services will begin at the prairie overlook and proceed to the grave.

Allan Dean Hammer died at his home in Port Ludlow on April 19, 2002, at the age of 75. He was born April 19, 1927, in Lake Forest, Ill., to Bertil and Willian (Eveleth) Hammer and raised in Waukegan, Ill. He graduated from Isaac C. Elston High School in 1945.

Mr. Hammer joined the U. S. Navy during World War II, serving as a pharmacist mate. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to Indiana, where he entered Depauw University in Greencastle. In his sophomore year he received a one-year scholarship to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in Stockholm, Sweden. While in Stockholm, he met a young Swedish girl, Martha Bloom. They were married in Stockholm and in 1950, Allan and his bride returned to the U.S.

Mr. Hammer graduated from Depauw University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He taught high school art and biology in Mishawaka, Ind., for several years and then began work as an artist and designer in the missile division of Bendix Aviation in South Bend, Ind.

In 1962, the Hammers moved to San Jose, Calif., where he began a 30-year career with Lockheed Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale, Calif. He served as a technical illustrator for Lockheed and retired as department head for the division. In 1998, he retired to Port Ludlow.

Mr. Hammer was an avid admirer of the arts. He enjoyed music, art and the theater. He loved nature, was an accomplished hiker and mountain climber. He loved animals and people.

Survivors include three children and their families, Alana and Steve Hutchinson of Coupeville, Kim and Mikael Danielsson of VŠstansjš, Sweden, and Gregory K.A. and Renee Hammer of Coupeville; one stepson, Mike Sherouse of Granite Bay, Calif.; one brother, Norm Hammer of Sullivan, Ind.; and five grandchildren, Donika Glaze of Sunnansjš, Sweden, Rachel Pimentel of Vastansjš, Sweden, Shannon and Chris Hutchinson, both of Coupeville, and Kelli Hammer of Auburn.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to any animal relief fund. Arrangements are by Burley Funeral Chapel. This obituary may be found on-line at