John F. ‘Johnny’ Hammel
July 18, 1948 - March 19, 2006
Johnny Hammel, 57, passed away peacefully March 19, 2006, at Hospice in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Born on July 18, 1948, he was the son of John L. and Peggy Hammel.
He grew up in Waukesha, attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from Catholic Memorial High School.
After enlisting in the Marine Corps, he served from 1968 to 1970 and was sent to Vietnam as a machine gunner. While on his tour, he was seriously wounded in action during the Tet Offensive at Hue. He was returned to the United States and recovered at Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago. Like his father, he was the recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds received in enemy action, Johnny in Vietnam and his father in World War II.
Johnny worked at Amron, the Waukesha Park and Recreation Department, as a counselor at Ethan Allen School for Boys, as a shipbuilder in Sturgeon Bay and attended the Milwaukee Business Training Institute.
For many years, he happily resided in Fairfield, Iowa, close to Ebie, his longtime companion, and her daughter, Shelby. Johnny’s life revolved around making others happy. He believed we should all carry on in life no matter what trials or tribulations the Lord has planned. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his father, John L. Hammel, a former 9th Ward alderman; his stepmother, Jean; his sisters, Sandy (Dan) and Madeline (Jim); nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Hammel, his grandmother Camille Peterson and his brother, Ronny.
Special thanks go to St. Therese, the Little Rose.