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Walter Samuel Hummel, 65, of Oak Grove, Missouri, was born Monday, October 7, 1946 in Champaign, Illinois, the son of Chris and Rosalie (Martin) Hummel. He departed this life at 2:08 a.m., on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at his home surrounded with love and family.
He was a United States Navy Veteran proudly serving his country from 1963 to 1969. He served three tours in Vietnam; two on ship and one on land.
On February 6, 1971, he was united in marriage to Gayle Dean Richardson in Stover, Missouri.
Walter owned and operated The G & H Feed Store in Grain Valley; prior to that he managed the McLeroy Station for 17 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the Reformed Church of Christ, Florence, Missouri.
The following is what Walter wrote and wanted people to know "I loved God my whole life, I loved my family my whole life, and I loved my country my whole life".
He was preceded in death by his father Chris in 1986.
He is survived by his wife Gayle of the home; two daughters Sara Schlie of Oak Grove and Tammy McGee and husband David of Kansas City and one son Anthony Hummel of Blue Springs; three grandchildren Brittany Schlie (and fiance Tyler Wells) of Oak Grove, Blake Schlie of Oak Grove, and Joseph McGee of Kansas City; his mother Rosalie Hummel of Oak Grove; three brothers Chris Hummel and wife Glenna of Pleasant Hill, John Hummel and wife Cindy of Blue Springs and Tim Hummel and wife Cheryl of Butler; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and countless friends around the world.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 21, 2012, at the funeral home. Brother Bill Perkey officiated. Members of VFW Post #3118 performed a final salute at the funeral home.
Graveside military services and interment was held in the Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Grain Valley, with full military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118-Honor Guard. Casket bearers were Chris Hummel, John Hummel, Johnny Hummel, Scott Hummel, Tim Hummel, Tony Hummel, Joey McGee, Tyler Wells and Roy Roberts.
Visitation was held prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the VFW Post #3118 - Veterans Welfare Fund or Crossroads Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.