Donald Duhamell, 91

Donald  E. Duhamell, 91, Wabash, died at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, at Autumn Ridge Healthcare Center in Wabash. He was born April 23, 1923 in Wabash to Elmer and Mary (Waters) Duhamell.

Don was a 1941 graduate of Urbana High School.  He was a WWII Army veteran serving in the 202nd Battallion from 1943-1946. He married Wilma Fisher in Marion, on Aug. 20, 1948. He retired in 1987 from Fisher Body in Marion, after 21 and a half years, and also worked 20 years at Diehl Machines in Wabash. Don was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, where he was a former deacon, the American Legion, AARP, the UAW Retirees, the National Council of Senior Citizens, and the 202 Reunion Club, attending 38 reunions. He was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels, volunteer at the Honeywell Center, helped with the Red Cross Blood Mobile, and also helped build the first Habitat for Humanity Home in Wabash. 

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Duhamell, Wabash; two children, Larry (Lynn) Duhamell, Chesterton; and Susan (Paul) Bonfitto, Wabash; four grandchildren, Adrien Duhamell, Chesterton; Anna Bonfitto, Indianapolis; Deena (Steven) Bonfitto Clark, Wabash; and Victoria (Billy) Halfacre, Laporte; five great grandchildren; sister, Doris (Wayne Boyd) Haupert, Auburn; and his brother, Leonel "Pete" (Elaine) Duhamell, Wabash. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Melinda Kammerer officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion.  Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Wabash Christian Church.

The memorial guest book for Don may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Nov 10