Richard Hall "Dick" Immel (1922 - 2014)

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Richard "Dick" Hall Immel
11/24/1922 - 6/3/2014


Longtime Auburn resident and Navy Veteran, Richard Hall "Dick'' Immel passed away Tuesday evening. He was 91.
Dick was a genial optimist whose good nature and warm disposition served as a source of strength and inspiration to his friends and family. Dick had a great sense of humor bringing a genuine bonhomie, and lighthearted cheer to social events, and family gatherings.
Dick was devoted to Janet, his wife of 39 years. Together they enjoyed entertaining, golf, tennis, and travel.
He was born in Mountain View, Calif., to Christian Aloysius Immel, and Myrtle Johnson Immel on November 24, 1922. He was raised in Mill Valley, Calif., where he had fond childhood memories of working with his father's cement contracting business, at times leaving home while in his pajamas to complete jobs. Dick enjoyed tennis, and loved to square off against his older brother Warren, the term "sibling rivalry'' is perhaps an understatement of the competitive spirit of their matches. Dick graduated from Tamalpais High School and went on to the College of Marin. He enlisted in the Navy during the Second World War and became an aviator who flew the "Helldiver," dive-bomber and other aircraft. After the war, Dick returned to Marin County and started a long and successful career in the title insurance and trust business, rising to Vice President at First American.
In his adult years, Dick developed a passion for golf. He was an early member of the Auburn Valley Country Club, and lived along the fifth fairway for many years so he could easily get out in the morning and work on his game. Dick liked living in the Auburn area and was a member of the Auburn Lions Club, The Navy League, Auburn Racquet Club, Auburn Elks Lodge and SIRS.
Dick is survived by his wife Janet Immel, his daughter Debra Lum (Frank Rommel), granddaughter Kristian Lum (James Johndrow), step-children Nancy Clark (Bill Ausmus), Bill Clark (Laura), and granddaughters Elise, Kati, and Sarah Clark. He was pre-deceased by his parents and brother Warren Immel.
Dick will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Per his request, no memorial services will be held.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on June 12, 2014
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