H Hanly Hammel Jr., 94, of Vallonia, was the oldest of seven children born to H Hanly Sr. and Emma Crumbo Hammel. Early Wednesday, June 4, 2014, he joined the love of his life, Laree Diehl Hammel, in heaven.
Four daughters were born from their marriage: Becky Lou MacDonald, Molly Kathleen Persinger, with whom he lived in Vallonia, and Jenny Laree (David) Isaacs. Eva Margarite died shortly after birth.
Hanly and Laree loved their nine grandchildren and welcomed 13 great-grandbabies into the world.
Hanly excelled in any challenge. He served in the military for years during World War II and served the people of the Lafayette community fulfilling verses in the book of James. Many of you may remember him from various legal, Masonic, Rotarian and other groups. He has honors and awards that overflow the walls, but his request was that they not be listed. Never one to preach but to demonstrate through his actions, he firmly believed that his "glory" was not of this world.
At his request, there will be no funeral. He requests that you enjoy a meal or time with a friend, co-worker or family member; share his memory and love, not on just one short occasion but often.
In typical HHH fashion, his last day was spent watching the Cubs and wearing an Indiana University basketball T-shirt and ball cap.
H Hanly Hammel Sr. died in his 40s and asked his older children not to place a marker on his grave until all seven completed a college education. Six became Indiana University graduates and one a Ball State University graduate. In the Hammel traditions, contributions can be made to the H Hanly Hammel Education Fund in care of Johnson Funeral Home in Vallonia.
Online condolences may be expressed at johnsonfh.net.
Arrangements were handled by Johnson Funeral Home.
Johnson Funeral Home
2005 S Main St Vallonia, IN 47281
Published in Tribune from June 6 to June 8, 2014