Darwin Lynn Hamel, 73, was born on April 8, 1943, to Robert and Julia Hamel in Detroit, MI, and passed away in Nashville, TN, on Dec. 30, 2016. He was a heavy equipment mechanic for Caterpillar. He enjoyed his work and taking care of his family. He raised his children with a strong work ethic while also spending time with them boating, camping and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Holdman Hamel; children, David Hamel, Julia Bordeau (Tom) and Darwin Hamel Jr. (Deidre); grandchildren, Jeff Hamel, Felica Clore, Madison Hamel, TJ Bordeau, Chris Bordeau and David Hamel; one great grandson, Jaxson Darwin Hamel; and siblings, Shirley, Pat, Bobby, Darlene, Myron, Dennis and Elaine.
Darwin was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Seth Hamel and Julia Hoffman Hamel; and siblings, Vonnie, Roger and Geraldine.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m. with service and military honors to follow.
Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  January 3, 2017