Doris Ray “Dee” Hamer


Doris Ray “Dee” Hamer, 79, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017, at her home in Florence, Oregon.

Born March 29, 1939, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of John and Lottie Hamer, both of whom preceded her in death.

After the family moved to Brownstown, she attended grades 1 through 12 in the Brownstown schools, graduating in 1957. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Ball State University in 1960 and a Master of Arts degree from the same university in 1963. She was awarded the degree of Doctor of Physical Education by Indiana University in 1974.

She spent her early teaching years in Columbus and Hagerstown and McKinley Junior High in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She then was an instructor of physical education at Southeast Missouri University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for two years before moving to the same position at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

She returned to Southeast in 1970 and served as professor and chairperson of the department of health, physical education and recreation from 1975 to 1982. For the next 11 years, she served in capacities including directing a program for freshmen in the general education curriculum and supervising student teachers before retiring in 1993 with emeritus status. During the course of her career, she made numerous presentations to various professional conferences and published several scholarly articles.

She was an avid golfer and RVer. She was a member of RVing Women and Oregon RVing Women for 13 years.

Survivors include her partner of 36 years, Dorothy “Dottie” Allen; brother, John N. Hamer; sisters, Georgie Lee Lucas and Helen C. Lahrman; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jackie Childers; niece, Deborah Gamble; and great-nephew, Carter Gamble Jr.

A family service was conducted June 11, and her ashes were interred at Hamer Cemetery at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell.