Charles Lester Hommel
June 14, 1923 – August 7, 2019
Charles "Chuck" Lester Hommel, Jr. of Elk Rapids, MI and formally Macomb,IL, passed peacefully at the age of 96 on 8/7/2019 while surrounded by his family. Chuck was born 6/14/1923 in Detroit, MI to Charles Lester Hommel, Sr. and Mary Catherine (Palmer) Hommel. He joined his twin sister Mary Lou who arrived shortly before. Later, Chuck's brothers Joe and Bill were added to the family. He also had a special four-legged friend named Lindy, the family dog, named after Charles Lindbergh who at that time was every young boys hero. In his early years Chuck spent his summers at his grandparents' home in Frankfort, MI, a place that held many fond memories for him. When WWII broke out Chuck answered the call from his country and enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in the 796th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion and participated in the Battle of the Bulge, Operation Overlord. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Like many others, he was proud to have served, willing to share stories of his experience all the while never boasting. He remained in touch with his Army companions for many years and attended annual reunions until there were too few left to attend and it became physically impossible for him to do so. Upon returning home from the service, he took Audrienne Smith on a blind date to a local dance and shortly thereafter she became the love of his life. On July 10th, 1948 Chuck and Audrienne were married at Gesu Catholic Church in Detroit, MI and together they raised 5 children, Chuck, Jim, Cathy, Tom, and Joyce. Chuck was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He and Audrienne took great pleasure in sharing their home on Elk Lake with everyone who visited. His relationship with his grandchildren and great grandchildren was very special and their laughter and curiosity brought him tremendous joy. He loved watching them enjoy the lake he loved and all the activity that goes along with lake life. Chuck attended the University of Detroit and after graduation was employed by Federal Mogul, both in Detroit, MI and Macomb, IL for more than 30 years. He was an active member in St. Paul's Catholic church in Macomb, IL and Sacred Heart Catholic church in Elk Rapids, MI. Chuck was a member of the Lions club, Elks club and The American Legion, Post 0350. He and Audrienne enjoyed traveling both abroad and in the States, visiting friends and family along the way. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister Mary Lou Tarnas and her husband Richard, his wife Audrienne and his youngest brother Bill and his wife Barbra (Flood). He is survived by his brother Joseph (Kay) of Frankfort, MI, along with his children, Charles (Joan) of Port Townsend, WA, James (Betsy) and Cathleen Cunningham (Stanley), both of Macomb, IL, Thomas (Mary Beth) of Libby, MT and Joyce of Brighton, MI, along with 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Chuck's life touched many and he will be deeply missed. While seperated from us physically, he will live on in our hearts and memories and many stories will be shared for generations to come. Donations can be made to: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 143 Charles, Elk Rapids, MI 49629 or Paralyzed Veterans of America
Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America
46701 Commerce Center Drive, Plymouth, Michigan 48170
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
143 Charles, Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629
- Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
- Funeral Mass Friday, August 16, 2019
Charles Lester Hommel
August 19, 2019
I was spending this morning working on boats and remembering Uncle Chuck and his love of boats. He and his dad, my grandpa, and his Uncle Albert were great influences on me and the things I love to do. On my last visit with him, Cathy and I brought up his old sailboat, the rebel, and we went out so he could share with us the lake he loved. His energy, his love of life, and his kindness will always be an inspiration.
August 15, 2019
Wonderful man and a wonderful family, his legacy lives on through his children and is a testament to what a great man he was. My Husband and I have had the honor of getting to know this family over the years. The apple didn't fall far from the tree, his children are equally amazing human beings! We never had the pleasure of getting to know Chuck's wife, my guess is she was an equally amazing lady. Our deepest sympathy to all.
August 13, 2019
Uncle Chuck will be missed! I am so glad I got to see him last month. He was talking about how he walked the mile race last year and was the oldest person ever to do it. Amazing! I am sure there is a speedboat in heaven with his name on it. I am sorry I will not be able to make the service but I will be thinking of his family and legacy on Friday. Sue Lunte
August 11, 2019
How do you tell the story of a persons life in just a few words. Not possible with my Dad. He was hardworking, steadfast, firm when necessary, compassionate when compassion was needed. He was dedicated, loving and devoted. As a boy he was my hero and I was his shadow. “Going to the hardware store” he’d say and I was already in the car. Or “Hand me that wrench” and I’d dig through the toolbox searching for the one he needed. He could fix anything from rebuilding a motor to pulling a fish hook out of the back of your head, (not that that ever happened to me) or just applying a bandage to a barely visible scrape.
He was proud of his family and loved all of us very much. He was a pushover with his grand kids and in return they adored him. Each one had a unique and special relationship with him.
Dad was proud of his country and his service to it.
He had a strong faith and even though he may not have expressed it verbally it could be seen in his life. He was a devoted member of his church and rarely missed a service if he could help it.
This is just a snapshot of a life that goes much deeper. His life has impacted many and will continue to for a long time. Hopefully some if not all of the previously mentioned qualities will be seen in the lives of those he left behind.
I may not be able to see you now Dad but I will see you again. I love you!
August 10, 2019
Such a humble man for how much he achieved. I'm eternally grateful for having met him. My thoughts are with the entire Hommel family. This was a full life, without doubt, and I trust he felt the love of friends and family before he passed. May he rest in peace, eternally. He certainly earned it. God bless him.