HUMMEL, Joseph “Joe”

It is with great sadness the family of Joseph Hummel of Spruce Grove, Alberta announces his passing on February 4, 2019 at the age of 81.

Joseph will forever be missed by his loving wife of 48 years, Loretta (nee Fleck); his sons: Craig, Ryan (Jennifer); grandson Hayden; his sister Helen (Bill) of Queen Creek, AZ as well as his sister-in-law Pauline from Lethbridge, AB.

Uncle Joe will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents: Michael and Katherine; his brothers and sisters: Valentine, Phillip, Leo, Carol, Madeline, Frieda and Mary Anne.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 200 Boundary Road, Spruce Grove, AB with interment following.

If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Joseph’s name to the Make A Wish Foundation of Northern Alberta.

Joe Hummel was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on October 28, 1937. He was the second youngest of nine children. Joe grew up on a dairy farm before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1957.  Through the Canadian Forces, he got to travel and live in various places in Canada  and he was stationed in Germany for over four years.  Joe did one peacekeeping mission in Egypt.  While in the Armed Forces Joe worked in the flight simulator program for the Canadian Airforce.

Joe met Loretta Fleck, a beautiful girl from Bodo, Alberta who happened to be living in Edmonton in 1969. Joe and Loretta married in November 1970.  While stationed in Baden Baden, Germany Joe and Loretta had two children, Craig (1972) and Ryan (1975). Joe took his final transfer to Greenwood, Nova Scotia in the fall of 1975 where he would eventually retire as a Master Corporal from the Armed Forces in 1978 after over 21 years of service.

Upon Joe’s retirement from the Armed Forces in September 1978, he moved his family to Alberta and settled in Spruce Grove. Joe took a job with Alberta Government Telephones (AGT) which later would become Telus.  Joe would spend the rest of his life living in Spruce Grove and taking an active role in the community.  Joe was well known in the minor hockey and minor ball communities both coaching and managing Craig and Ryan’s hockey and baseball teams.

Upon Joe’s retirement from Telus in 1997, he lived the life most would envy. He would say that he would wake up in the morning with nothing to do and get that out of the way first, and then he would have the whole day to himself.  Joe loved to golf, and he was a sports fan through and through. He cheered on every Canadian Athlete as though they were his own child regardless of the sport, but everyone knew his true love was with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Joe was well known for his quick wit and sense of humor.  He never had a bad word to say about anybody and always went out of his way to make people happy.

In February 2012, Joe became a grandfather to his only grandson, Hayden. Hayden was Joe’s little buddy and the word “no” was not in his vocabulary when it came to anything to do with Hayden.  Joe proudly taught Hayden to golf and the highlight of Joe’s golfing life was when Joe took Hayden for his first round of golf and he watched his grandson get a hole in one.  There isn’t anything that Joe would not have done for Hayden.

Joe passed away on February 4th, 2019, with family by his side at the University of Alberta Hospital.  It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to a great husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

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Carol (Jaheny) Robinson

Dear Loretta, Craig and Ryan,

Robbie (Jim) and I send our condolences, along with those from dad (Gary Jaheny), Laura and Angela. You and Joe will always hold a special place in our hearts, and are an integral part of our memories of Baden, Germany. Joe’s wit, kindness and love of life was infectious. He leaves a gap in the world, but also a legacy.

Betty Anderson

Loretta, Craig, Ryan
So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing Wishing you my sincere sympathy
Remembering the fun and good times we shared on our trips in Germany Joe always made them enjoyable
May he Rest In Peace

Bill & Marg Kernaghan

Sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was one of the good guy’s. Enjoyed the times working with him on the simulators. Our sincere condolences to Loretta and family.


To the Hummel’s:
The loss of someone dear to us is never easy. We hope all the cherished memories you have brings you peace during this time. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
Mary GADD – Lethbridge
Jeff GADD – Edmonton

Paul. Cockrill

So sad to hear of Joe’s passing. A truly fine man.. I worked with him on the Argus simulator.. My condolences to all

Bob P. Schimmel

So shocked and sad to hear of Joe’s passing. We car pooled for 12 years while working at Altel Data. He drove his mighty Chevette at the time and I remember well his quick wit during those trips. The jokes usually continued at work. It was contagious and you had to stay sharp. I’ll miss him.

Reg and Glenda Polak

Loretta, Craig and Ryan,
We were so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. We were away this week so were unable to attend his service. We have so many fond memories of Joe at the hockey rink. He really was one of the ‘good guys’. We can still hear him laughing. He made Spruce Grove Minor Hockey better for so many kids because of his volunteer work. May he rest in peace. God Bless. Reg, Glenda, Mark, Ryan and Greg Polak

Dennis & Marilyn Wagner

So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing – we have many fond hockey memories of times spent with him, Loretta, Craig & Ryan. Please know that we’re thinking of you during this difficult time and sending you hugs & sincere sympathy.

Leo Klein

Loretta; Shirley and I wish to express our deepest condolences on hearing of Joe’s death; I will always think fondly of my relationship with Joe; not only as a cousin, but our time together while in the Air Force and roommates in Borden, Ontario.
May God bless you Loretta and your family, especially during this difficult time.

Jim and Audrey Fell

So sorry to hear this sad news. Although we went separate ways we often spoke and remembered our special friends in Spruce Grove. Our love to you Loretta , fond memories of our friendship with you and Joe.

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