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Donald Hummel

October 26, 1925 — October 25, 2023

Donald Hummel

Donald Hummel, passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home on the morning of October 25th, 2023 in the presence of his wife and family members, just one day short of his 98th birthday. 

Don served in the US Navy, earned his Bachelor’s degree from St Louis University, his Masters from Boston College and his doctorate from Kansas State.  He had a long successful career as a research chemist with DuPont which brought him great joy, but his greatest joy was his family!  He married the love of his life, Elizabeth (Betty) and was married for over 73 years, was the loving father of six, Mary (John), Daniel (Allaire), Lisa (James; deceased), Jayne (Lawrence; deceased), Sallie (Timothy) and Christopher (Ersilia), 16 grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren with two more on the way. Nothing made PopPop happier than having the entire family gather together!

PopPop was the light that shined for us always! His humility and giving Christian spirit set the bar high for us all to emulate. He was the smile and warmth that lit up the room at every family event, wedding, baptism, birthday, Christmas gathering, or phone call.  He generously shared his love of life, energy, and enthusiasm. He was quick to show his passion for education, being the family tutor, astronomer, genealogist, and historian.  He also had a spot in his heart for his St. Louis Cardinals baseball and the Eagles.  He would energetically share stories about the fun he had watching or playing sports as a kid or the highlight of a recent game.  His many children, grand and great were drawn to PopPop’s natural caring and warmth.  Though rarely the center of attention, at many of the gatherings he would be leading the crowd in song, reciting one of his many long or short poems, or storytelling with the kids all gathered around.  Although modest in every way, PopPop was the family fashion icon.  His plaid pants, hats and sweaters were always creating a stir and he loved that. Don also loved to share his repertoire of classic songs and could be heard with Betty joining in singing “Meet me in Saint Louie” or one of his other favorites.  As the king of the DIY projects, Don would tackle anything and would happily help anyone else to do the same.  There was never anything too small or large for PopPop to help with and he would show up happy, with a smile, and never complain a word. He did it all for his wife and children and he shared his joy while doing it. Thanks PopPop, we love you!

The family will gather in honor of PopPop and celebrate at a memorial service April 26th at Saint Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington DE at 10:00 AM.

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Memorial Service

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church

7 Sharpley Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803

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