Of Pleasant Lake, MI, formerly of Munith & Chelsea, age 53, passed away peacefully Friday, October 30, 2020 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor following a short illness. He was born May 28, 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of James W. & Doris Jean (McKellar) Hammel.  David graduated from Chelsea High School in 1985, and attended Washtenaw Community College. He worked as a Customs Compliance Specialist at Gnutti Carlo USA (formerly MS Precision) in Webberville. David loved hunting and fishing. His biggest joy in life was fishing with his son, Russell. He played guitar, and loved family music get-togethers, campfires, and watching sunrises and sunsets. He also wrote beautiful poems. He touched the hearts of many, and will be missed.

He is survived by his father, Jim; his son, Russell; Karen Hammel; his siblings, Deidre Marie (Stephen) Emmert, Daniel Lawrence (Debra) Hammel and Karin Sue Carlson; and many nieces & nephews, Cody, Daryn, Alyssa, Katherine, Amanda, and very special friend Lorrie Paxton. He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris, in 2017.

A Celebration of Life will be held on May 15, 2021 at 1 PM at 3750 Burkhart Rd, Jackson, MI. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the Russell Hammel Grow Up Fund. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.

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#8 Jack Murphy 2020-11-10 16:33
Dave was my coworker. Dave and I like to crack jokes sometimes when we saw each other at work. Dave was nice and friendly to me. I will miss my friend David James Hammal.
#7 William & Sarah Ball 2020-11-10 15:37
With very heavy hearts we are so very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and know you and your family are in our continued thoughts and prayers.
Billy & Sarah Ball
#6 Sherry Valade 2020-11-08 08:04
Dave and I worked together for many years, His knowledge, expertise and willingness to step in and help were well known by all who worked with him. What people may not know is he was very modest about his abilities - never giving himself the well deserved credit. I could always count on him. In addition to being a coworker, he was a true friend. In today's world that's a very rare and valuable thing to be.
#5 Ron Mckellar jr. 2020-11-07 14:26
Such a tragic loss, life is so short. All my thoughts and prayers go out to the Hammel family. I know again I will see him one day, and God's glory. I pray he knew the Lord. Play a few tunes for Jesus cousin David.
#4 Scott 2020-11-05 07:41
I have known Dave for just under 2 years as a co-worker at Gnutti Carlo. Dave was very passionate about his work and going the extra mile. Helping all teams, all departments and doing so with confidence and enthusiasm. Outside of work, Dave's son was his world. He was always a very proud dad and was happy to share the fun times with his son whether it was fishing or just hanging out.
Dave and I shared our enjoyment of playing guitar and started recording short videos of songs we were working on along with discussing music in general. Like everyone, I will miss seeing Dave and his energy. He is already missed. I offer my sincerest condolences to the family and those closest to him. -Scott
#3 Kevin 2020-11-03 17:51
I know Dave through work.
I don't think there was a day that went by that he didn't mention his son Russell. Dave loved his son very much and everyone at work knows this. Dave is the kind of guy I would want on my team no matter what. He helped me countless times, no questions asked. His work ethic was impeccable. We shared a love for the outdoors and I don't know how many times he showed me photos of Russell holding up a giant fish. I always looked forward to his home made specialties. I have a jar of blueberry jelly from him, I will relish every drop. Dave had an indescribable goodness about him, right down to his core. Dave had a tremendous impact on me, and i hope his family will find solice in knowing that Dave's memory will forever live on with all that knew him here at work. Stay strong and be proud, Dave would prefer it that way... I'm sure of it. Love ya Dave.
#2 Lorrie Paxton 2020-11-03 02:53
I have never met a more beautiful soul as I have u. Your Your simply amazing.
I miss you deeply,I miss our daily chats, I miss your upbeat ability to make life lighter. I know your a simple man... and that my friend one of the things I live about you. Russell was lucky to have you, maybe your better at hoops now!! May the Dolphins beat the browns(girl needs a lil help,wink)
I will be looking for you when its time, I'm sure to find you in the sunrise or sunset fishing. Save me a seat and please do the come to papa perch dance.. lol
I love you so very much and my mornings send nights are just lonely with out you.
Thank you for being my knight in shining armor
Until we meet again.....
#1 Lorrie Paxton 2020-11-03 02:32
I have never had a friendship like ours. You are an amazing friend, father and brother.. Your kind soul had touched me like no other.. Like I'd say , I think you know me better than my own mother. I already miss our constant daily chats.. I miss you asking me about my day..I miss your food pics I miss absolutely everything about you. Russell was lucky tti have you. Keep fishing And shooting hoops and may the dolphins beat the browns. Wink Lol.. I love you..sooo very much

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