Donald Hammel Jr., 88

Donald Byron Hammel, Jr., 88, a resident of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Huntington and Wabash,  passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Bonita Springs, Fla. 

He was born June 1, 1928, to Donald and Dorothea (Sands) Hammel in Huntington. Don married Janet Marie Bare Aug. 14, 1955. He served in the U.S. Air Force, graduated from Huntington College and Indiana University.

Don was a teacher and school administrator in Huntington, Wells, and Wabash counties, retiring as principal of Metro North Elementary School (Wabash County) in 1990. Don and wife, Janet retired to Florida in 2003.

Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janet; daughters: Joni (Richard) Loehnis, Ft. Myers, Fla., and Jill (Rod) Wilcox, North Manchester; sons: Jeffrey (Jane) Hammel, Blacksburg, Va., and Cary (Nancy Jo) Hammel, Wabash; plus six grandchildren: Kurt (Rebecca) Hammel, Nan Hammel, Sheridan (Brandon) Shepherd, Evan Wilcox, Andrew Hammel, and Joe Hammel. He is also survived by two brothers and a sister: Paul Hammel, Jay Hammel and Shirley Koch, all of Huntington County.

He was preceded in death by his brother Dal Hammel.

A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. The family requests memorial donations be sent to: Development Office, Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or the charity of your choice.


Posted on 2017 Mar 07