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“Sorry to hear of George's passing He Hung with all the softball players from years ago. Prayers to the family ”
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“Dear Amy, sending our deepest sympathy to your family. Your dad sounded like an amazing man that will be missed by all that knew him. Sending hugs...Read More ยป
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George Robert Hempel, age 83, died Friday, June 22, 2018 at St. John Hospital in Warren, Michigan following complications from heart surgery. George was born December 14, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late John Hempel and the late Anna (nee: Walkowe) Hempel.

George was raised in Detroit and graduated from St. Stanislaus Catholic High School, the Class of 1953, where he excelled at sports,...especially baseball. Following high school George went to work for Parker Rust Proofing as a chemical technician.

In 1957, George joined the United States Army and was stationed in Europe following the Korean War. While in the military George continued to play baseball for the Army team, even winning the baseball championship. After his faithful and honorable service to his country, George returned home to Michigan in 1959.

George met, and later married, the love of his life in 1960, Shirley Ann Dziekelewski. Following the wedding the young couple eventually settled in the burgeoning community of Warren, Michigan, a town they called home for the next 40 years before ultimately moving to Almont, Michigan.

George continued to work for Parker Rust Proofing, which later became Henkel Surface Technologies, for over 30 years before retiring. George was never one to sit still and continued to sell promotional items for Tri-Market, and later Creative Specialties.

George was a consummate salesman and promoter. He had a passion for sales and was consistently promoting his beloved American Polish Century Club and their many functions. George served as a board member for the club and also dedicated many hours during the Mushroom Festival and the Polish Festival. In addition to the American Polish Century Club, George was a member of the Knights of Columbus St. Patrick Council, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and many golf and bowling leagues over the years.

George R. Hempel was the beloved husband of Shirley, and was the dear father of Amy (Toby) Lawlor. He was the cherished grandfather of Lexi Lawlor and brother of Mary Penner. George was predeceased by his parents and six siblings.

A Life Celebration and Memorial Service for Mr. Hempel will be held at the American Polish Century Club - Century Banquet Center 33204 Maple Lane (14 Mile & Hoover), Sterling Heights, MI 48312. The family will receive friends and guests beginning at 11am on Friday, July 6, 2018, followed by a memorial service. Military Honors, with presentation of the flag and playing of Taps, will precede a funeral luncheon following the services.

Memorial donations are appreciated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or the Capuchin Fathers.

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