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Joseph “J.T.” Timothy Hammond, age 29, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at home surrounded by family. Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, cousin, boyfriend, and a friend to many. J.T. was the son of Hilory Jr. & Debra Jo (Smith) Hammond, he was born on May 16, 1988 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. 

J.T. had a brilliant mind, a beautiful heart, and an intrepid spirit. He had a thirst for knowledge and a passion for technology. J.T. was awarded Eagle Scout in 2004, and was a member of the Sons of the Legion. He graduated from Fountain Central High School and attended college at Davenport University. J.T. was a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan and worked for AB Lock & Safe in Wyoming, Michigan.

He enjoyed rock climbing, hiking, paintballing, working on his prized Subaru, and the company of his friends and family. J.T. was a long time Dungeon Master campaigning for his D&D friends and enjoyed playing a variety of video and other board games.

He is preceded in passing by his paternal grandparents, Hilory Sr. & Jane Hammond/Jewel & Larry Long; maternal grandmother, Mary Jo Smith; and his girlfriend’s mother, Karlene Kemme. Surviving are his parents, Butch and Deb (Smith) Hammond; brother, Josh Reynolds; sister, Megann Miller; girlfriend & caregiver, Christine Kemme; maternal grandfather, Herman Smith; nephew, Wyatt Miller; and niece, Hannah Reynolds; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

J.T.’s kindness, spontaneity, sense of humor, and long discussions will be missed and honored by many.

An informal attire Celebration of J.T.’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Stockwell Methodist Church, 6941 Church St., Stockwell, IN. Burial will follow at Yorktown Cemetery, Stockwell, IN. An imitation of a Viking funeral will be held at Butch and Deb’s later that evening.

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Joseph’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Ashley Hoffman on March 6, 2018 at 10:41 am

    JT and I went to high school together. He was a great friend and a good man. I am very proud to have been his friend. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  2. Corrin Charbonneau on March 7, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    My heart breaks for you. He was a wonderful son to his parents. Many would have wished they were so fortunate. All my love. Corrin And Keith.

  3. Bobbi (Baker) Mitchell on March 7, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Im so sorry for you loss.. J.T. and I went to school together and he was a great friend. Many memories to this day that come to my mind often.. especially running around good ol Hillsboro.. I will never forget his smile.l and laughter.. always a joy to be around. He was truly one of a kind for sure! Praying for the family!

  4. Alicia (Shamp) Lowe on March 8, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Im so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful guy! JT was a great friend! Ill never forget all the great memories we had throughout school. He was always there with that goofy smile he had and always making someone laugh. Praying for you all!

  5. Delores Thomas-Farley on March 8, 2018 at 10:16 am

    So very sorry for the loss of your precious son. You are all in my prayers.

  6. Jason Young on March 9, 2018 at 6:15 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. TammiDickison on March 9, 2018 at 7:29 am

    You have my deepest sympathy in your loss of a very wonderful young man. He and my son, Michael Manicke, were friends in school. It was a pleasure and honor knowing this young man.

  8. Shawn on March 11, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    I knew JT only through my Dormmate Tim Stasa, but the talks I did have with JT was enlightening and it was nice to have someone who shared a very similar views and opinions. I am very sorry to hear of your passing JT. My thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

  9. RON AND JAN WUBBELING on March 12, 2018 at 5:35 pm


  10. Meg on March 26, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    J.T. is not only my brother, he was also my friend. He is a warrior for what he went thru down here on earth. He never complained and he told us all how sorry he was that he was sick. There will never be a day that I don’t think of him and miss him. I know he worried about all of us and not being able to stay here with us. He will always have my heart. I love you J.T.

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