(Caledonia, MN) Walter Hammell, 96, of Caledonia, died April 17, 2021, at his home.
He was born May 11, 1924. Walter attended Iowa #5 School in Allamakee County, Iowa. On June 25, 1946, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth (Betty) Byrnes at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hanover, IA. They farmed on the Sand Cove near New Albin until they moved to Minnesota in 1969 where he farmed on Jefferson Ridge, outside Caledonia. Later in life, he moved into Caledonia. Walter had been active in the Catholic Order of Foresters, St. Mary’s Men’s Club, and several farm organizations. He enjoyed playing euchre and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Betty); sons, Tom, Mike (Pauline), Linus (Mary), Bernie (June), Tony (Luan), Ted (Karen), and Chris (Laurie); daughters, Jane, and Jule (Dan); 26 grandchildren; and 36 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Jared Hammell; brothers and sisters and their spouses, John (Mary), Raymond (Judy, and former sister-in-law, Marge), Mary (John) Blake, Agnes (Cyril) Troendle, Margaret (Pat) Blake; brothers and sisters inlaw, Cyril (Lucille) Byrnes, Marjorie (Charlie) Cavanaugh, Kathleen
(Bernard) Roerkohl, Thomas and Canice Byrnes, Mary (John) Schulte, John (Barbara) Byrnes, and Joe (Ellen) Byrnes.
Visitation will be on, Wednesday, April 21, from 4 to 7 pm at the Four Seasons Community Center, 900 N. Kingston St., Caledonia. A private family funeral will be held, Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Caledonia. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia. The family kindly asks that face masks be worn and social distancing be practiced.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Caledonia. McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be given at mccormickfuneralhome.net.