DIXON – Charles Andrew Hummel, 90, of Dixon, died peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Lifehouse Liberty Court in Dixon, surrounded by his family. He farmed for 56 years before his semi-retirement in 1996. Over the years, he also owned his own trucking company, was a fertilizer, grain dealer, and was part owner of the Dixon John Deere dealership. During World War II, he farmed by day and worked at the Green River Ordinance Plant by night in order to serve his country.
Charles was born Jan. 27, 1924, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the firstborn child of Christ and Jessie (Reiger) Hummel. He moved to Dixon in 1939, when he was 16 years old. He later married the love of his life, Emagene Pinegar, on Sept. 18, 1948, in Dixon, and they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Dixon. Charles’ most joyful moments were time spent with his wife and family. He was known most to his family as a loving husband and admired father.
Survivors include his wife, Emagene Hummel of Dixon; his children, Richard (Tina) Hummel, Patti (Jim Valenti) Hey, Larry (Kimberly) Hummel, Diane (Edward) Conroy, and Brenda (Mike Wolfe) Pinzon; three brothers, Paul (Elsie) Hummel of Honolulu, Wayne (Rita) Hummel of Dixon, and Bob (Thelma) Hummel of Knoxville; 20 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth, in infancy; and one granddaughter, Roxylanie Hummel Hey.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Marilyn Nolan, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.
Memorials will be established by the family.
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