Published in the Iola Register on Feb. 3, 2014.




Wilfred “Joe” Hamel, age 86, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Mt. Joseph Senior Village, Concordia. Joe was born on Nov. 30, 1927, in St. Joseph, Kan., to Wilfred G. and Agnes L. (Lavigne) Hamel.

Joe graduated from Clyde High School in 1945 and joined the U.S. Navy, serving until 1947. He married Gloria A. Hebert on July 25, 1950, at Our Lady of Per- petual Help Catholic Church in Concordia. Joe and Gloria spent most of their married lives in Concordia. Joe worked as the parts man for the Ford garage for 20 years before working as a postal clerk at Concordia post office until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where he served as Sacristan for over 15 years. Joe also started and coached the first Knights of Columbus baseball team. He was a member of of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post #76. Joe enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and attend musicals. He was an avid KU basketball and St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.

Joe is survived by his wife, Gloria, Concordia; daughter, Janice Strait and husband John, Concordia; sons, Bob Hamel and wife Brenda, Osborne, Jim Hamel and wife Lynnette, Shawnee, and Greg Hamel and wife Julie, Lawrence; daugh- ter-in-law, Tammy Hamel, Concordia; grandchildren, Jennifer Faulkner and hus- band Dwight, Brian Strait and wife Chandra, Elizabeth Hamel, Joanna Hamel, Jerrica Baum, and husband Steve, Ryan Hamel, Brianna Hamel, David Hamel and wife Cheryl, Amanda Stice and husband Mike, Karter Steinle, Halie Steinle, Pam Hamel and Kelsey Hamel and 10 great-grandchildren.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; son, Larry Hamel; brother, Harold Dean Hamel and infant sister Eileen Hamel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Concordia, with the Rev. Brian Lager officiating. Burial will follow at St. Concordia Cemetery with Military Honors by American Legion Post #76 and VFW Post #588. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. with a Vigil service at 6 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, all at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials to the Guardians of the St. Jo- seph Church or the St. Concordia Cemetery Fund, in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit http://www.chaput-