Larry Hammer

Robert “Larry” Hammer, 76, of Arkansas City, passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City. Burial will follow in Parker Cemetery.

Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Online condolences can be made at

Memorials have been established in Larry’s name with the Cowley County Humane Society and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

Larry, a.k.a. “Hammer,” was born on April 11, 1943, in Wichita, the son of Edmond Martin and Edith Doris Evelyn (Molton) Hammer. He graduated from South High School in 1960. After high school, he worked for a time in the produce department at Safeway. After that he worked with family at Central Air Conditioning in Wichita.

He married Kay Costner and to this union two children were born, Mark Douglas and Shelly Rae. The couple later divorced.

He moved to Arkansas City and started working at LG Pike Construction as a sheet metal foreman and acquired the nickname “Tin Man.”

He met his soulmate, Dixie McGuire, and the couple loved deeply. After retirement he enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycles, being with family and friends, and playing with his dog, Domino.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Douglas Hammer, in November 2010; and granddaughter, Savannah.

His family includes his soulmate, Dixie, of the home; his children, Shelly Rae Hammer, and Dixie’s son, Scott McGuire; his grandchildren, Eli Bleu Hammer Stoddard, Chloe McGuire, Sinjin McGuire, Silas McGuire, Asher McGuire and Hudson McGuire; one great-grandson, Daniel Hooley; his sister, Connie L. Hammer; and his two nieces, Shelia Hammer and husband, H.B. Burlow, and Sharyl Friebus and husband, Greg.

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