James E. Hammel
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91, passed away peacefully with his family present, after a brief illness. He was in the gentle care of Tidewell Hospice of Ellenton, Fla. Jim was born in Beach City, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1921 to James and Hazel Hammel. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mindy and sisters, Kathleen Kekich and Rosemary Garmhausen.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Betty; and daughters, Darlene Brouwer (Frans) and Kathleen Hamilton (Mick); six grandchildren, Mary DeRussy (John), Suzanne Anderson (Brad), James Brouwer (Becca), Mindy Zimmerman (Mike), Michael Hamilton (Jenne) and Jeremy Duncan (Alexa); nine great-grandchildren, Brian, Josh, Reagan, Hannah, Heather, Jake, Morgan, Addison Grace and Addison Marie. He is also survived by a brother, William Hammel (Nancy) and sister, Betty Toomey.
Jim Served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, then returned to Ohio to work as a carpenter. In later years, he worked as a foreman for Heinaman Saw Co. in Canton, Ohio until his retirement in 1980. He was definitely a "Jack of all trades". Jim and his wife, Betty enjoyed traveling around the U.S. They took a dream trip to Europe in 2005. They were happy snow birds for 33 years, with winters in Ellenton, Fla. and summers in Navarre, Ohio. Jim was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Palmetto as well as St. Clement's Catholic Church in Navarre. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who dearly loved his family. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial Mass will be held at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Palmetto on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow in the Church Hall. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Kicliter Funeral Home in Palmetto, Fla. with interment to follow at a later date in Navarre, Ohio. Condolences may be expressed online at
Published in The Repository on Nov. 22, 2013