Walter LeRoy Hummel, 85, Minot, and formerly of Garrison, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in a Bismarck nursing home.
Walter was born April 4, 1927, in Coleharbor to John and Anna (Wallentine) Hummel. He was raised and educated in Coleharbor and Underwood. He was inducted into the Army Signal Corps in 1945 and served his country in Germany until his honorable discharge in 1947. Following his discharge he returned to Coleharbor where he was employed at Farmers Union Elevator.
Walter married Maxine Schumaier on June 20, 1948, in Beulah. They made their home in Garrison from 1948 until 1962, where he was employed by the Super Food Locker Plant and Super Valu.
The family moved to Minot in 1962, where Walter worked as the produce manager at the Minot Air Force Base Commissary until his retirement in 1986. Maxine died March 20, 2008.
Walter was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot. He was a member of the Germans from Russia organization, American Legion posts in Garrison and Minot, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #753, the Moose Lodge, Senior Bowling League and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1377, all in Minot. He especially enjoyed bowling, golfing, camping, fishing, dancing the two-step and waltz and card playing. He was a whiz at math and usually won the card games. A personal highlight was a hole-in-one recorded in 2001 on hole No. 3 at Apple Grove Golf Course in Minot. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Walter's loving family includes: his children, Michael (Susan) Hummel, of Bismarck, Don (Sherry) Hummel, of Minot, Valarie Hummel (Marc Fridlund), of San Diego, and Laurie (Daniel) Lafontaine, of Plymouth, Minn.; grandchildren, Bret (Yvette), Brandon, Brady and Joshua (Holly) Hummel; Monica (Brent) Haugen, Drew Schuster, Margo, Matthew and Marisa Lafontaine; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Sylvia Brown, of Bismarck; sisters-in-law, Elaine Hummel, of Springtown, Texas, and Noreen (Carroll) Erickson, of Minot; brothers-in-law, Ray (Elaine) Schumaier and Jim (Joan) Schumaier, both of Beulah; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters, Elsie Arndt and Arlene Jewell; and brothers, Alvin, Carlyle and William and an infant brother, Harold.
Celebration of the Life of Walter Hummel: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to the Bethany Lutheran Church Foundation.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories or condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).