Donald Gommels 1935-2011
Donald Paul Gommels, 75, of Hastings, MN, passed away Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, due to cancer.
Don was born April 24, 1935 in Emmetsburg, the son of Hicko and Gladys (Sampson) Gommels. He graduated from Emmetsburg High School and shortly after joined the Army.
In the early 1960s, Don moved to Rochester, MN, with Hiller Carpets. He worked for Hiller Carpets for over 30 years.
Don enjoyed reading and volunteered much of his time to the VA Home library in Hastings, MN. He had a great sense of humor and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Don is survived by his two children, Julie Brown of Rochester, MN and Gregory (Brandy) Gommels of Winona, MN; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four siblings, Bob (Linda) of Gruver, Judy White of Des Moines, Jan (Dave) Erickson of Red Wing, MN, Rich (Molly) of Rochester, MN; and a host of other family and friends.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Hicko and Gladys Gommels and by his brother-in-law, Dick White.
Funeral services for Don Gommels are today, Thursday, March 3, with burial at Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.