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Frank Joseph Hammel Jr.

Frank Joseph Hammel Jr.

The Dalles, Oregon

November 17, 1937 - July 10, 2015

Frank Joseph Hammel, Jr., 77, of The Dalles, passed away surrounded by family on July 10, 2015. He was born in The Dalles, Ore., on November 17, 1937, to Frank & Mildred Hammel.

Frank grew up in The Dalles on the family wheat and cattle ranch. He graduated from The Dalles High School before attending Oregon State University, where he received a degree in General Agriculture. He went to work for the US Department of Agriculture as an Agriculture Statistician out of the Washington State office. He thoroughly enjoyed his career and retired after 34 years of service. After retiring, he returned to The Dalles to be closer to family, friends and the family ranch. His enjoyment of his career continued as he volunteered to write the local weekly crop weather report for Wasco County.

He enjoyed spending time with family, attending local sporting events, volunteering his services at Dry Hollow Elementary, and playing the sidewalk supervisor to the city water department and PUD employees while they performed construction work around the neighborhood. He and his great granddaughter Tanna were best friends, having spent countless hours playing everything from soccer to hide and go seek.

Frank is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dan & Kim Hammel of The Dalles; his sister and long time friend, Ellene Jones and Dinah Pflugrad of Eugene; his brother and sister-in-law, Bill & Barbara Hammel of The Dalles. Surviving grandchildren include: Samantha Hammel, Amanda Haudenshild, Maverick Mangold, Kailen and Tessa McReynolds; great-grandchildren: Tanna, Lydia, Tasia, Alden and Anikah; niece and nephews: Tracy, Jay and Barry.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara Ann Hammel; nephew, Brian Hammel; and grandson, Alex Hammel.

A memorial service honoring his life will be scheduled at a later time.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association in his memory.

Condolences

DebiWagenblast 2 years, 5 months ago

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Bill and Barbara, I can only say I know a little of the difficulties you are having but I have good memories of times long ago. I hope that life evens out for you soon, because I know it's rough right now. My best to you and your family. I'll be sending prayers. Debi Wagenblast Arrivee

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jellybean6970 2 years, 5 months ago

How very sad I was to hear my life long friend had passed away. I had talked to him the week before on the phone and he was in great spirits and we laughed about all the things we used to do while growing up. The games we played outside in the neighborhood (kick the Can, hide and seek, and baseball in their side yard), however we were warned by his mother if we hit the ball into the big picture window-well lets just say our lives would have been over. Frank was always happy and you would never know all the things he had been thru health wise during his life. Being in a wheelchair most of his adult life could have made him a bitter person, but it didn't. He loved life, his family and friends and just being around people to talk and laugh with. Although over the years our lives went in different paths I always knew he was around and when in The Dalles would visit him and his family. I will certainly miss Frank(I called him Frankie) and I still think if him as Frankie. You are now at peace and with your mother and father and sister, Barbara. You will be missed. Janice

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