Published 12:00 am Friday, October 2, 2009
Ralph L. Schammel, 75, of Greenville, S.C., formerly of Austin, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 in Greenville.
Ralph was born Feb. 26, 1934 in Rose Creek to William and Teresa (Ulwelling) Schammel. He graduated from Rose Creek High School in 1952. On March 2, 1957 he was united in marriage to June H. McAllister in Fort Hood, Texas. After his tour of duty in Germany, the couple returned to Austin until their recent move to South Carolina.
Ralph was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 10. He worked in his trade for 45 years with Ideal, Scheid’s and Himec-Scheid. Many of his later years were spent doing specialty work at Hormel plants around the midwest. Ralph was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and since 1996, St. Edward’s Catholic Church.
Ralph had many interests. He enjoyed golf, gardening, fishing, remodeling homes, wood working, guitar and he loved his computer.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, June; sons, Mark (Ruth), Mankato, Craig (Colleen), Africa, Dr. David (Dr. Christine), Greenville; daughter, Michele (Dave) Ree, Austin; seven grandchildren; two great granddaughters; sisters, Veronica Schober, St. Paul, Madeline Burzinski, Austin; brothers, John (friend Margaret Nygaard), Austin, Joe (Irene), Rose Creek, Ken (Marilyn), Cornelius, N.C.; sister-in-law Marge Schammel, Apple Valley, Minn; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Teresa Schammel; brothers, Clement and Jerome Schammel; brothers-in-law, Bernard Schober and Richard Burzinski; sister-in-law, Florence Schammel.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with Father Joe Fogal officiating. There will be a 7 p.m. wake service on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. and also from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday. Military rites will be by American Legion Post No. 91. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Rose Creek.
The casket bearers will be Mark Schammel, Craig Schammel, David Schammel, Zachary Lorentz, Joshua Schammel and Noah Schammel.