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June 09, 2014
Ruth,
So sorry to hear of your father's passing.
May 23, 2014
Loved my grandpa very much and he will be missed.
May 18, 2014
Bill was a true inspiration. He nurtured and encouraged my love of music and science at all stages of my life. Although I have been away from Indianapolis for more than a decade I looked forward to singing with him in church every time I returned for a visit.

I am very grateful that I got to catch up with him on my last trip in December. I have so many memories of him that will continue to enrich my life.
May 16, 2014
With deepest sympathy
May 16, 2014
Ruth, sorry for your loss. Your dad was one in a million. I loved his Calculus class. He was a very thorough teacher. A pleasant man who akways had something positive to say. I always enjoyed running into him at HASTI. He will be greatly missed.
May 16, 2014
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Bill Gommel. I have fond recollections of Astronomy Club and the classes taught by Dr. Gommel, and I'd like to share one of those memories.

Every fall Dr. and Mrs. Gommel hosted a fall cookout for Sigma Zeta (Science Fraternity) at their home on Lawrence Avenue just west of South Keystone, not far from the U of I campus. Faculty and students always enjoyed this little outing, and the Gommels had a nice backyard which bordered some woods that sloped downhill to Lick Creek--perfect for a campfire.

Back in 1982-83, I was the president of S?, so I helped organize the cookout. I told some other students that I would arrive at the Gommels' home early then wait at the street to be sure everyone located the right house. Meanwhile, Dr. Gommel was back in the woods, clearing brush and tending the campfire. While I waited in front of the house, I heard a siren far off--from the fire station just west of University Heights Methodist Church on Hanna Avenue. The siren got louder and louder. From my vantage point in front of Dr. Gommel's house, I saw a fire truck pass by, going southbound on Keystone but slowing to a stop. I ran to the backyard! Apparently Dr. Gommel had gotten over-enthusiastic with his fire-building as the flames were scorching tree branches some 20 feet off the ground. The fire crew was unable to run a water line from a hydrant, so they parked their truck at the bridge on Keystone and climbed down the embankment with portable fire extinguishers strapped to their backs. They sprayed Dr. G's fire to bring it under control.

Completely unfazed, Dr. G., in his folksy way asked the firemen, “You fellas want to join us for some weenies?”

For his humble ways and kindness to students, Dr. Gommel will be greatly missed.
May 16, 2014
Dear Cousin's...I am sorry, but for health reasons Carl and I will not be coming to the mortuary. We visited cousin Bill recently, and later I called, and had a very nice conversation with him...I feel comfortable that we felt love and expressed it to one another. We have wonderful memories of our loved ones...that will be with us forever. Love, Carl and Charlene
May 16, 2014
Dr. Gommel inspired me to pursue a degree in Earth-Space Science and to ultimately become a teacher. He supported me throughout my career and in the various roles I had in HASTI, He was a mentor and a friend. It was a privilege and an honor to have known him.
May 16, 2014
To Ruth and the family,
I am very sorry for your loss. I hope you find peace in knowing that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
May 15, 2014
Dr. Gommel was always an interesting character. His daughter, Ruth, was one of my best friends. As a teenager I was at their house a lot - I remember him looking at a bunch of upper air weather charts - which he explained to me. Years later and I am in a job where I read those all the time.
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