Bernard J. ‘Red’ Hammond

Bernard J. “Red” Hammond, 88, Cresson, died Sunday at Altoona Regional.

He was born in Sankertown, son of the late Edward and Mary (Kearns) Hammond. He married Helen Eckenrode on Nov. 26, 1949, in Carrolltown.

Surviving are his wife; four children: Bernard E. (Joan) of Rochester, N.Y., Thomas of Hollidaysburg, Dorothy Beres of Johnstown and Helen Beyer (Christopher) of Littleton, Colo.; nine grandchildren: Tim and Karrie Hammond, Mark, Bryan, Mike and Scott Hammond and Chris, Lauren and Matt Beres; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Catherine Byrnes and Esther Spinner (George), both of Cresson.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: James and Walter; a sister, Alice Schnaubelt; and a son-in-law, Dr. Chester Beres.

Bernard was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific theater. He retired as a custom cabinet maker with Beiswenger Construction Co. He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and the American Legion Post 238, both of Cresson.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson, where Legion of Mary will recite the rosary at 3 p.m., followed by a vigil for the deceased. A funeral Mass will celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at St. Aloysius Church by the Very Rev. John D. Byrnes. Committal will be in the church cemetery.

Military graveside rites will be provided by Cresson American Legion, Sankertown VFW and other local veteran organizations.