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Raymond Arthur Hammel, 71, passed away after a short illness Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. He was born to Albert and Beatrice (Lovitt) Hammel on July 14, 1946, in Mount Morris, Michigan. Ray married his wife of 47 years, Gail Selpien, on April 18, 1970, in Elgin, Illinois. She survives. Ray served our country in the United States Navy.
Ray was a Peanuts enthusiast. He enjoyed reading, and walking his dogs, Fred and Coco. Ray enjoyed watching the White Sox. When his children were young, he coached them in sports, and later watched his grandkids play. Ray was also involved in the Bona Vista bowling team, Boy Scouts, and the American Legion. Together, Ray and Gail attended Peace Lutheran Church, and would go out to breakfast afterward every Sunday. They also visited auctions together. Ray will be missed by his friends and family.
Ray is survived by his wife, Gail Hammel; sons, Al (Christy) Hammel, Randy Hammel, and Jerry (Monica) Hammel; brothers, Charles, Bill, and Jim Hammel; sister, Nola Knapp; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ray was preceded in passing by his parents; son, Bryan Hammel; granddaughter, Sophia Hammel; and brothers, Ed and Frank Hammel.
Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, with funeral service following at 11 a.m., officiated by Pastor Joshua Bishop. Ray will be laid to rest at Albright Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be directed to the family. You are invited to visit ellersmortuarywebster.com to view Ray's obituary and leave an online condolence for the family.
Published on January 27, 2018
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