Andrew Hamilton

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Andrew “Andy” James Hamilton, 43, of Belleville, IL, born December 27, 1976, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Mr. Hamilton formerly worked in aviation maintenance at Jet Aviation in Cahokia, IL.  He most recently worked in maintenance at BTHS East.

He loved to draw and astound an audience with amazing magic tricks and juggling acts.  Andy was an experienced skateboarder whose passion drove him to help establish the Belleville Skate Park and to share his skills with the up-and-coming skateboarding youth.  He was formerly involved with the Big Brothers / Big Sisters organization. Andrew was an avid bicyclist and participated in many St. Louis metro area rides and was an animal and nature-lover.

An absolute daredevil, Andy was fun-loving and lived every day to its fullest! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis J. Hamilton; a brother in infancy, Dennis Hamilton Jr; his maternal grandparents, Clarence and Luella, nee Reeb, Ernst; and his paternal grandparents, Cola and Pauline Hamilton.

Surviving are the light of his life and the joy of his heart, his daughter, Maylin Renee Hamilton;
his mother, Kathleen, nee Ernst, Rutledge;
three brothers, Christopher Litteken, Nathanael (Tiffania) Rutledge, and Jonathan Rutledge;
two sisters, Sarah Hamilton-Stump, and Rachel Alves;
the mother of his daughter, Christina Hamilton;
his dear aunt and uncle, Marilyn and Robert Buehlhorn;
special cousins, John Buehlhorn, Jim (Crystal) Buehlhorn, and Josh Buehlhorn, and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins;
his step-father, Mark Rutledge;
his step-grandmother, Lucy Rutledge;
close friend, Beth Pliego;
many nieces and nephews;
and countless dear friends, both in the area and across the country.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Skatepark, for necessary improvements or additions. Checks should be made payable to Belleville Parks and Recreation and can be directed to Renner Funeral Home, 120 N Illinois Street, Belleville, IL 62220. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  A celebration of Andy’s life will be held at a later date.


22 Comments on Andrew Hamilton

Christopher Stump said : Guest Report May 07, 2020 at 9:17 PM

We will all miss you Lenny.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jesus Rangel said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 8:39 PM

Rest easy bro.. Sharpen up on your poolgame cause I'll be ready for that rematch when i make it to ya❤?

  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
Jose Retana said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 8:08 PM

From the paintball field to the skatepark you were always a joy to have around! You will be deeply missed brother!

  • Fairview heights
  • Illinois
Hunter Husar said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 9:57 AM

Andy was the sweetest guy and a great friend to me, I cherish the memories of when we were little skate rats running around Belleville. I feel blessed that we were able to re-connect over the past couple of years and we got the chance to hang and experience joyful and fun vibes. He will be missed.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Beth Zahn said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 8:48 AM

Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God hold him in the palm of his hand. Hugs and love to all of you! From Mary McElligott and Beth Zahn

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joy Roberts said : Guest Report May 06, 2020 at 5:02 AM

I see you, Andy, heading towards your door with skateboard in hand, and always looking back mouthing thank you and waving goodbye.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Sarah Cantwell said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 7:15 PM

Andy was one of the kindest and sweetest souls I’ve ever met. I met him through mutual friends and together we all rode bikes and every moment spent with him was truly an adventure. His spirit was young and from the first moment I met him he treated me as if we’d known each other for years. I will miss him and miss our goofy random chats. Rest In Peace Andy!

  • Fairview heights
  • Illinois
Justin Fry said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 5:40 PM

I’ll never forget you Andy. You also being there for my like a dad when mine was never there. I’ll never forget you taking me to wacky warriors every weekend to play paint ball and you taking me to new spot to go skateboarding. You’re a legend and will never be forgot bro

  • Davenport
  • Fl
Angel Crisp said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 5:31 PM

Andy, I will miss you. See you on the other side someday. Family, I am very sorry for your loss. He was a special person.

  • Amherst
  • OH
Lisa Willis said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 3:53 PM

RIP cousin Andy. You will be missed by all

  • Morton
  • Illinois
Nancy (Reeb)Zahner said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 1:25 PM

I was so sorry to hear about your loss. May your son rest in peace.

  • IL - Illinois
Ken Phillips said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 11:26 AM

Every time I would see Andrew he would always have a smile on his face ....he was always upbeat ......take care my friend

  • Mascoutah
  • Il
Brandi Torti said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 10:07 AM

Andy was a sweetheart from the very first time I met him. I always thought he was so cute and adorable, I could tell he was a bright light. Sending my sympathy to all his friends and family ?

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Samantha J. Winkler said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 5:59 AM

I can still see Belleville's youth following him across town on bikes, like ducklings safely guided to pond. Adults alike flock to him because, in his presence, we remember how to feel young again. When Andy is in the room, All is Well. Fun is King.

  • Hollywood
  • California
Alyssa and Jordan Johnson said : Guest Report May 05, 2020 at 12:52 AM

Our deepest sympathy for all family and friends. May our thoughts and prayers be with all in this time of need.

  • Dupo
  • Illinois
marilyn buehlhornAndy said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 11:47 PM

Andy was a bright light in our family. He was kind-hearted, loving, & funny. He lived his life to the fullest. He was one-of-a-kind! Our lives won't be the same without him.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Carrie said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 9:34 PM

Andy was a dear friend and such an amazing and fun person. I will miss him every day that I am on this earth and will love him forever. My prayers go to his mom and sweet daughter and all of his family and friends. May the Lord give you peace during this very difficult time. ❤️

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois
Larry Agee Sr said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 9:11 PM

He was a very special guy will be missed dearly.

  • Belleville
  • IL.
Jason Davinroy said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 8:37 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ~ the Davinroys

  • Breese
  • IL
Bob skevington said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 8:30 PM

May friends and family carry through this time of grief.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Sondra & Ed Swierczek said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 7:01 PM

You have our deepest sympathy...may he rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sarah stump said : Guest Report May 04, 2020 at 6:38 PM

I will miss you my lil brother. I hope you are up there playing pennicole? with Walter, Aunt Ida, GMA and GPA Ernst and Dad too and baby Dennis! See you someday on the other side! I love you Andy! Your oldest sis, Sarah

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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