Walter Hammell

Walter Robert Hammell, 96, of Caledonia, MN died April 17, 2021 at his home. Visitation will take place Wednesday, April 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Four Seasons Community Center, 900 North Kingston Street, Caledonia, MN. A private family funeral will be held Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Caledonia. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia.

The family kindly asks that face masks be worn and social distancing be practiced. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Caledonia.

Walter was born May 11, 1924. He attended Iowa #5 School in Allamakee County. June 25, 1946, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth (Betty) Byrnes at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hanover. They farmed on the Sand Cove near New Albin until they moved to Minnesota in 1969 where he farmed on Jefferson Ridge, outside Caledonia. Later in life, he moved into Caledonia.

Walter had been active in the Catholic Order of Foresters, St. Mary’s Men’s Club and several farm organizations. He enjoyed playing euchre and spending time with family and friends.

Walter is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty); his sons, Tom, Mike (Pauline), Linus (Mary), Bernie (June), Tony (Luan), Ted (Karen) and Chris (Laurie); his daughters, Jane and Jule (Dan); 26 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Jared Hammell; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, John (Mary), Raymond (Judy, and former sister-in-law, Marge), Mary (John) Blake, Agnes (Cyril) Troendle and Margaret (Pat) Blake; his brothers- and sisters-in-law, Cyril (Lucille) Byrnes, Marjorie (Charlie) Cavanaugh, Kathleen (Bernard) Roerkohl, Thomas and Canice Byrnes, Mary (John) Schulte, John (Barbara) Byrnes and Joe (Ellen) Byrnes.

McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisting the family. Online condolences may be given at

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