Jack M. Hammel

December 05, 1935 - January 03, 2021

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Thursday, January 07, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Friday, January 08, 10:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Jack Martin Hammel, 85, of Huntertown died Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born December 5, 1935 in Kendallville to Arnold M. and Inez Eva (Conklin) Hammel.

He was a 1954 graduate of Kendallville High School.

Jack served in the Army National Guard from 1953 to 1955. In 1955, he joined the Marines and served until 1958.

He married Patricia M. “Pat” Donley on July 14, 1962 in Kendallville. She survives in Huntertown.

Mr. Hammel worked over 30 years as a tool maker with Zollner Piston in Fort Wayne, he was also a school bus driver with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 15 years.

Jack was a member of the Garrett American Legion Post 178, where he served on the Honor Guard; and a prior member of the American Legion Post 47 in Fort Wayne.

Also surviving are three sons, Jerry (Cindy) Hammel of Westfield, John (Lisa) Hammel of Estero, Florida, and Jeffrey (Danielle) Hammel of Fort Wayne; a special son and daughter, Adam (Jennifer) Beougher of Huntertown; nine grandchildren, Megan (Eric) Moreland, Andrew Hammel, Jillian Hammel, Matthew Hammel, Michael (Danielle) Hammel, Jacob (Kaylie) Hammel, Elijah Beougher, and Aubrey Beougher; two great-grandchildren, Easton Moreland and Adalyn Moreland,; a sister, Sharon (Larry) Beverly of Kendallville; and a brother, Larry (Sharon) Hammel of Kendallville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Leiter; a brother, Richard Hammel; a sister-in-law, Pat Hammel; and a brother-in-law, Keith Leiter.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Chaplain Mike Wakeland of Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Albion.

Honor guard services will be provided by the Garrett American Legion.

Jack’s funeral service on Friday will also live stream on the Young Family Funeral Home Facebook page for those unable to attend in person.

Calling is Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home

Per the Governor, face masks are required.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

View a video tribute or share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Kathi Derrow
January 8th, 2021 2:52pm
Leo, IN

I'm so sorry to see that Jack passed away in last nights newspaper. We had such a great friendship while we worked at FWCS.. You and Gordon always kept me laughing that made the job more fun. I will never forget the time after you had retired how you came in very early in the morning on Halloween with a mask on and got on my bus. I had no idea that it was you. You wouldn't get off my bus so I was going to take you with me. So after starting to leave the compound, you wanted me to stop and you got off. I thought it was another driver. It was months later when I saw you again and you hinted about the incident and We both started laughing when I finally figured it out that it was you. Patty, I'm sure that he kept your life with him so enjoyable in all the years you both were together. God Bless you and your whole family always and I hope I can see you soon. You will be dearly missed my friend...R.I.P. Love, Kathi

Brenda Kay Hammel
January 8th, 2021 2:49pm
Navarre, FL

Uncle Jack you will be so missed. I loved seeing you during our visits to Kendallville, and loved hearing your stories. God bless Aunt Pat, Jerry, John and Jeff.

Keith & Judi Leiter
January 8th, 2021 2:38am
Knoxville, TN

Hated to hear about Uncle Jack. He really was one of the good ones. Lots of great memories from growing up. May God bless Aunt Pat, Jerry, John, Jeff and their families. .

Dawn VanEgmond
January 7th, 2021 7:59pm
Canon City, CO

I have such wonderful memories of Uncle Larry over the years. I loved all the family times in IN when we were young-I always thought he was so handsome.... Even when I grew up, moved to CO and had my family we were always welcomed with open arms at their home when we visited. I will keep my special memories in my heart. God bless to Aunt Pat and the boys.

DeAnna & Rich Chambers
January 7th, 2021 6:56pm
Fort Wayne

We love you and will miss you Uncle Jack! You were a wonderful man and uncle. May God Bless you, Aunt Pat and your 3 boys.

Donna Jones
January 5th, 2021 8:55pm
Garrett In

Pat and family ~ Sincere sympathy on the passing of Jack. He will surely be missed. ~

Jerry Bowman
January 5th, 2021 12:30pm

Worked with Jack at Zollner. Great guy and a pleasure to be around. He will be missed. May God bless the Hammel family

William Hammel
January 5th, 2021 3:35am
Navarre, Florida

You will be sorely missed, Uncle Jack! You were like a second father to me growing up. I always loved his stories and his sense of humor. Prayers go out for strength and energy to the Hammel family.

Michelle Peterson
January 4th, 2021 11:14pm
South Bend, IN

We are so sad to see Jack passed away. He was always such a kind hearted man. I remember when Alex was young he always wanted to go to “ Pat N Jacks house” to swim. Jack always made us feel so special. He will be missed. Prayers for peace to you, Pat and your family.