Herman Hammerschmidt, 98, of Russell, died on Monday, October 25, 2010 at the Russell Regional Hospital in Russell, Kansas.

Herman was born on June 23, 1912 in Walker, Kansas, the son of Jacob and Anna (Geist) Hammerschmidt.  He grew up and attended public schools in Walker, Kansas and lived all his life in the Walker, Victoria and Russell areas.  He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Teckla Sander on June 1, 1937 in Victoria.  From this union Herman and Teckla were blessed with three sons Herman, Robert and Marion.  They made Russell their home and Herman worked in the Grocery business for over 50 years.  He was strong in his faith and was a longtime member of St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell.  He was very active in church and was a 3rd degree member in the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed fishing, working, baseball and playing cards.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and many grandchildren.  He will be remembered by his family and friends as a hard worker, as well as loving father, grandfather and friend.

Surviving family include his 2 sons, Herman F. Hammerschmidt and wife Rosalee of Russell and Marion L. Hammerschmidt, Sr. and wife Rose of Great Bend; 5 grandchildren Shelby, Jacquelyn, Stephen, Marion Jr. and Christopher; 6 great grandchildren Mariah, Kaitlyn, Miranda, Koal, Marion III and Alexandria. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Teckla on August 2, 2010 and their son Robert D. Hammerschmidt; brothers Tura, Wendelin, Ott, Lawrence and Anslem Hammerschmidt and sisters Mary Dreiling and Caroline Schrant.

A Celebration of the Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 29, 2010 at St. Mary, Queen of Angels Catholic Church of Russell with Father Charles Steier officiating.  Interment will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Russell.  A Vigil will be held Thursday evening at 7 P.M. at St. Mary’s Queen of Angels Catholic Church.  Visitation will be from 9 AM to 5 PM Thursday, October 28th at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell.  A memorial has been established with St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  .  Condolences may be sent via email by going to www.pvpmortuary.com.  Contributions and condolences may be sent in care of Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary who is in charge of these arrangements.


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