Ralph L. Hummel Sr., 76, a lifelong resident of Frackville, passed away peacefully Saturday at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street with his family by his side.
Born in Frackville, Nov. 11, 1937, he was a son of the late Lou and Emma Neiswinder Hummel.
He attended Frackville schools.
He worked as a miner at a young age in the local collieries and then worked with several construction companies. He was the owner of the former Hummel's Cafe, Frackville, for 17 years and retired as an equipment operator for the state Department of Transportation.
Ralph was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Frackville, the FA&M Masonic Lodge 737, Frackville, and a member of the Caldwell Consistory Valley of Bloomsburg; and a life member of the BPO Elks 1533, the Goodwill Fire Company and the Friendship Fire Company, all of Frackville.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, playing cards and watching football.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Mardell Miller Hummel, in 1989; daughter, Deborah Hummel, in 1989; brother, Albert "Absie" Hummel, in 2009; a stepson, George Taylor Jr.; stepsisters and stepbrothers.
Ralph is survived by a son, Ralph Hummel Jr. and his wife, Cathy, Frackville, with whom he resided; four daughters, Kathy Tarn and husband, Bill, New Lisbon, N.J., Darlene Boyer and husband, Jack, Girardville, Donna Dillman and husband, Bob, and Diana Hummel-Andrewcavage and husband, Mark, both of Frackville; grandchildren, Tom, Tammy and Brian Wall, Tony Melnick, Melissa Reidel, Tara Dillman, Jen Himes, Holden and Elizabeth Andrewcavage, George Taylor III, Tanya Tolomay and Nicole Murray; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Religious services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Albert L. Gricoski Funeral Home, Frackville, with the Rev. Kerry Smart, pastor, officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Frackville. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family requests that you extend a "good deed" to someone in honor of Ralph Hummel's memory. Albert L. Gricoski Funeral Home, Frackville, has charge of arrangements. Visit www.gricoskifuneralhome.com