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8/30/2010 2:26:00 PM
Galloway Village Vet. Hospital owner dies
Geoff Pickle
Web Editor

Tedd A. Hamaker, owner of Galloway Village Veterinary Hospital at 4126 S. Lone Pine Ave., died Aug. 30 after being diagnosed seven months ago with cancer. He was 49.

A media advisory notice was sent Aug. 30 from Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Louise Whall Knauer - a family friend - on behalf of the family.

Hamaker worked as a veterinarian in Springfield for 20 years.

Hamaker graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, worked in private practice for two years in Atlanta, and then returned to Missouri to purchase Springfield Veterinary in 1991. The purchase included the client list and a building at 1213 E. St. Louis, but Hamaker in 2008 decided to move his practice to the Galloway Village location in response to his growing client base. He changed the name of the hospital at the same time, according to Springfield Business Journal coverage.

He is survived by his wife, Crista Hogan; three children, Joe, Lena and Daniel; his stepchildren, Rebecca, Claude and Theo; his grandson, Soren; and his parents, extended family, colleagues and friends.

Stephanie Stenger-Montgomery, a family friend, said Hamaker was a respectable man in all assets of his life - whether it was as a business owner, father, husband or friend.

"He was an extraordinary person who did everything wholeheartedly to the fullest," she said. "His motto was 'practice excellence,' and he did at everything that he did."

Hamaker was a runner and a bicyclist and also loved animals, according to SBJ.

Molly Ramsey, associate veterinarian at Galloway Village, said the hospital will continue to serve its clients.

"We're going to continue to practice excellence, which is really what Dr. Tedd wanted," she said. "This was truly his vision for a veterinary practice.

"We'll continue that in his honor and his memory."

The hospital's Facebook page, which can be found here, has several comments remembering Hamaker for his service to the community.

Service arrangements are to be announced.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Article comment by: Dianne Elizabeth Osis

I will miss you, Tedd.
Con Carino,
Until we meet again,
Dianne E.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Article comment by: john Budd

Tedd was a huge personality and one of my dearest friends in high school.He was a star on our team because he was so often the most interesting person in the room and the focus of everyones attention. He had a fantastic sense of humor. I really enjoyed our many times together.Practice was not the same when he was nt there.He was an idealist who championed his beliefs through action.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010
Article comment by: Rob Nicholson

What a terrible loss as a friend and to the Springfield Community. I hope you can now rest in peace Tedd. Best, Rob.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010
Article comment by: Bob McCroskey

Dr. Tedd was a great person and veterinarian. He was very active in bettering our community and the veterinarian field. He certainly will be missed.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010
Article comment by: Rob Fortney

Tedd was a great vet and a great guy. He truly cared about his patients and their owners. A real loss for the Springield community.

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