Philip J. Hamilton

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Philip James Hamilton, 92, of Dubuque, formerly of Cupertino, Calif., died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at home in the presence of his wife, daughter, and son-in-law.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, conducted by Jim Fleming. The service will be live-streamed on the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at

Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. 

Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in care of the arrangements.

Philip was born May 19, 1928, in La Crosse, Wis., the son of Samuel and Elda Rose Jolivette Hamilton. He loved to say that he was born again by faith in Jesus Christ on June 20, 1939. Because he knew he had eternal life, he loved and served his God and Savior all his life. On May 30, 1955, he married Kay Kramer in Garnavillo.

Philip was a U.S. Army veteran serving stateside during the Korean conflict from 1950 - 1952. 

He worked as a programmer for IBM for 34 years, loving and excelling at his profession in the early days of computer programming. 

Philip loved fishing, camping, working on computers, and driving his succession of convertible cars. He served as an elder at Hillview Bible Chapel in Cupertino, Calif. for 30 years and enjoyed Bible study. 

Survivors include his wife, Kay of Dubuque; son, David (Kara) Hamilton of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Sharon (Jim) Fleming of Dubuque; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Timothy Jay Hamilton; brother, Frank Hamilton; and sisters, Margaret Hamilton VanTol, and Lila Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Emmaus Bible College or Emmaus Worldwide.

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