Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home
Wilfred “Joe” Hamel, age 86, died Sun., Feb. 2, 2014 at Mt. Joseph Senior Village, Concordia. Joe was born on Nov. 30, 1927 in St. Joseph, KS to Wilfred G. & Agnes L. (Lavigne) Hamel.
Joe graduated from Clyde High School in 1945 and joined the US Navy, serving until 1947.
He married Gloria A. Hebert on July 25, 1950 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Concordia. Joe & Gloria have spent most of their married lives in Concordia.
Joe worked as the parts man for the Ford garage for 10 years before working as a postal clerk at the 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 & coached the first Knights of Columbus baseball team. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus & American Legion Post #76. Joe enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and attend musicals. He was an avid KU basketball & St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.
Joe is survived by -
Wife: Gloria, Concordia
Daughter: Janice Strait & husband John, Concordia
Sons: Bob Hamel & wife Brenda, Osborne
Jim Hamel & wife Lynnette, Shawnee
Greg Hamel & wife Julie, Lawrence
Daughter in law: Tammy Hamel, Concordia
Grandchildren: Jennifer Faulkner & husband Dwight
Brian Strait & wife Chandra
Jerrica Baum & husband Steve
David Hamel & wife Cheryl
Amanda Stice & husband Mike
Pam Hamel & Kelsey Hamel
10 great grandchildren
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; son, Larry Hamel; brother, Harold Dean Hamel & infant sister Eileen Hamel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Concordia with Rev. Brian Lager officiating.
Burial will follow at St. Concordia Cemetery with Military Honors by American Legion Post #76 & VFW Post #588.
Visitation will be from 10 am to 9 pm with a Vigil service at 6:00 pm with family greeting friends from 6:30-7:30 pm on Wed, Feb. 5, 2014 all at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Guardians of the St. Joseph Church or the St. Concordia Cemetery Fund in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit http://www.chaputbuoy.com/.