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Louis R. Hamel II

Mankato, MN

Louis (Lou) passed away on November 21, 2014. Born in Lowell, MA on July 23, 1945 to Wilfred J. and Anelina L. (Paradis) Hamel. He attended Lowell, MA schools.

Lou entered the US Navy in 1962. His Naval schooling included Aviation Metalsmithing, Aeronautical Engineering, and Flight Engineer school. Lou was aboard the USS Essex during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During the Vietnam War he flew out of Japan and Thailand on reconnaissance missions.

Lou returned to his hometown of Lowell, MA after an 8 1/2 year tour in the USN. He moved to Michigan in 1974.

Lou had a diverse career; Employment Specialist (Disabled Veteran Outreach Worker) for the State of Michigan, Executive Vice President to Keith Polygraph Cons. & Investigative Services, Industrial Engineer and Production Supervisor (Engine Components Division) for Eaton Corp.(all located in Battle Creek), Tooling & Manufacturing Engineer and Manager of Transguard Industries, Inc., Angola, IN, Facilitator & Mediator between Labor and Management, and Administrative Director of Human Resources (receiving a Certificate of Recognition from the Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service for outstanding service in furthering the purposes of The Labor Management Relations Act of 1947) for Wolhert Corporation in Lansing, MI.

Lou was involved with numerous Vietnam Veteran organizations. Because of his dedication, a Vietnam Memorial is located in the Learning Center (library) at Kellogg Community College. He received his Associate of Art degree in Pre-Law from KCC. Lou's biography is in WHO'S WHO in America. He was a former member of Our Lady of Great Oak Catholic Church in Lacey, MI.

In 2005 he moved to Minnesota. During retirement, he studied the ancestry of the Abenaki Tribe (Iroquois Nation) which he was a descendant on his mother's side. Lou's personal philosophy in life was: "A warm handshake, with a smile, will give more people a lift than all the elevators in the world."

Lou is survived by his fiance Terry Lerdall-Fitterer; children: Felicia (Gabe) Gross, Shawna (Mike) Wigginton, and Louis III; sisters: Regina (Tom) Kealy, Priscilla (Paul) Loconto, and Susan Bell; grandchildren: Cameron Sheufelt, Logan, Angie, and Carys Wigginton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Roi Anne (Roberts); grandchildren, Taylor and Andrew; and brother-in-law, Roger Bell Sr.

For online condolences, please visit www.martinfuneralhome.net.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Dec. 11, 2014
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