Remembering Past F.O.P. Members

We pay tribute to our Brothers and Sisters whom we have lost.  They will always hold a special place in our hearts and we will keep their memory alive with our future members.


James Hamilton

January 03, 1934 - September 19, 2017

ELKHART — James A. Hamilton, 82, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, Sept. 21, 2017 at his home.

He was born on Dec. 12, 1934 in Walker County, Alabama to the late John H. and Gertrude (Swafford) Hamilton. He married Rose Marie Long on Aug. 16, 1958; Rose died Oct. 17, 1995. He married Joan C. Morgan on Nov. 22, 2000.

Joan survives, also a daughter, Caroline Hamilton of Austin, Texas; step-son Matthew (Becky) Morgan of Elkhart; two step grandsons, Joshua and Andrew Morgan and a sister Anne (Hershel) Brown of Jasper, Alabama.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister Carrie Anton and brother William Hamilton.

James retired from the Elkhart Police Department after 20 years of service on Aug. 1, 1987, with the rank of detective sergeant. He formerly worked at Excel Corp.

James was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing and telling stories.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 until his honorable discharge in 1956.

All services for James will be private. He will be buried with military honors at Prairie Street Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Billings Funeral Home of Elkhart.



Steven L. Stewart

Recently retired Elkhart Police officer Steven L. Stewart, 51, of Elkhart, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 5, at his home. Steve was born Sept. 29, 1965, in Elkhart, to Robert D. Stewart and Sharon L. (Weaver) Stewart. 

He is survived by a sister, Kara (Michael) Koons of Granger; two brothers, Tom (Patty Geller) Stewart of St. Johns, Mich. and Rob Stewart of Elkhart; nine nieces and nephews; 19 great-nieces and nephews; and his stepmother, Delores Stewart. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon L. Huffman and stepfather Robert J. Huffman and his father, Robert D. Stewart. 

Steve was an Elkhart Police officer for 24 years, retiring about a year ago, with the rank of corporal. He was working at Midwest Gun and Range in Elkhart. Steve was a 1984 graduate of Elkhart Central High School and attended Ball State University in Muncie. He was a member of FOP Lodge No. 52 and the NRA. Steve was an avid gun enthusiast. He also enjoyed playing golf and enjoyed all sports. 

Visitation for family and friends will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 E. Jackson Blvd, Elkhart. Services celebrating Steve’s life will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, with an additional hour of visitation at 10 a.m. also at Trinity United Methodist Church. Jim Bontrager, chaplain with the Elkhart Police Department will officiate.  Burial will follow in Prairie Street Cemetery, where final honors will be rendered by the Elkhart Police Department Honor Guard. 


Wade Branson

Wade was born on April 25, 1957 and passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018.

Wade was a resident of Goshen, Indiana at the time of passing.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at Grace Community Church, 20076 C.R. 36, Goshen, where an 11 a.m. memorial service will take place.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation towards the Chief Wade K. Branson Scholarship Fund.