Jasper "Jack" Joseph Hamel, 96, Hays, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Via Christi Village.
He was born June 20, 1924, north of Damar, to Alex and Elsie (Thibault) Hamel. On June 1, 1948
He married Mona Jean Mongeau on June 1, 1948, in Zurich, and they celebrated 72 years of marriage. He worked for White Hawk Oil Company and was a farmer.
His memberships included St. Ann’s Parish, Zurich, St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays, and St. Anthony Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 1857.
He enjoyed tinkering, gardening, and knew everything about the oilfield in Western Kansas and farmland all around. He was ornery, friendly to all, never knowing a stranger.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Dan Hamel and wife, Lori, Wichita and David Hamel and wife, Anjanette, Hays; four daughters, Sheryl Rempe and husband, Francis, Mary Rempe and husband, Walter, Carol Mendoza and husband, Robert, all of Wichita, and Pam Mayers and husband, Stan, Hays; a sister, Ida Mae Lesage, Hays; a sister-in-law, Antoinette Hamel, Hill City; 15 grandchildren, Stacey Heiman, Kevin Rempe, Craig Rempe, Kerrie Parker, Tim Rempe, Chris Rempe, Darcy Lescher, Jeff Maddox, Alex Hamel, Andrew Hamel, Jenna Meyer, Jason Mayers, Jared Mayers, Racheal Hamel, and Megan Hamel; three step- grandchildren, Amy Welch, Racheal Banning, and Marcy Garcia; 17 great-grandchildren; five step-great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 10 brothers: Francis, Edmond, Albert, Arthur, Bernard, Alphonse, Louis, Emery, Oliver, and Wilfred Hamel; and four sisters: Alma Waldron, Lucille Thomie, Edna Kupka, and Olive Hamel.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 9, 2020, at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays; burial will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 9, 2020, in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Zurich.
The family requests that you please wear a mask and socially distance at the funeral.
Memorials are suggested to St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church or St. John’s Chapel at Via Christi Village, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.