Lawrence “Larry” Hamel, age 55, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at his home in Concordia, Kan.  He was born on Aug. 21, 1958, in Concordia, Kan., to Wilfred “Joe” and Gloria (Hebert) Hamel.
Larry graduated from Concordia High School and attended Cloud County Community College where he played baseball. Larry worked in retail sales all his life, beginning at Daylight Clothing, Browns Shoe Store and eventually Coppoc Sports.  He married DeAnn Skeels and to this union, two children, David and Amanda were born. He later married Tammy (Lammers) Steinle on Aug. 9, 2003, at the First United Methodist Church in Concordia. After working at Coppoc Sports for 12 years, Larry and Tammy purchased the business on May 1, 2007, and are the current owners and operators.  He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.  Larry had a passion for sports that was evident in his lifelong involvement of local youth sports, as a volunteer coach for Salvation Army Football for 12 years and numerous other local sports teams.  Larry was an avid KU fan and enjoyed getting together with his friends to watch KU basketball.
 Larry is survived by his wife, Tammy, Concordia; son, David Hamel and wife Cheryl, Topeka; daughter Amanda Stice and husband Mike, Topeka; stepdaughter, Halie Steinle, Manhattan; stepson, Karter Steinle, Concordia; grandchildren, Ryan, Reagan and Reese Stice and Graham and Paige Hamel, all of Topeka; his parents, Joe and Gloria Hamel, Concordia; brothers, Bob Hamel and wife Brenda, Osborne, Jim Hamel and wife Lynnette, Shawnee, and Greg Hamel and wife Julie, Lawrence; sister, Janice Strait and husband John, Concordia, and a host of other family, friends and customers throughout the area.
 Larry was preceded in death by his grandparents.
 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Concordia, with the Rev. Brian Lager officiating.  Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a Vigil service at 6 p.m. and the family greeting friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, all at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home.  Burial will follow the services at St. Concordia Cemetery, Concordia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to Meadowlark Hospice, Concordia Salvation Army Football or the Concordia Park Project, in care of the funeral home.  For online condolences, please visit



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