- Grove City, Pennsylvania

December 5, 2013

John H. Hummel II

Grove City teacher, coach was active in community

Allied News

GROVE CITY — John H. Hummel II, a Grove City resident since 1925, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in his home. He was 89.

Mr. Hummel was born Dec. 9, 1923, in Philipsburg, Centre County, to John H. Hummel Sr. and Virginia Mae Jones Hummel.

John married Marjorie J. Freeman of Oil City nearly 70 years ago, on Dec. 8, 1943.

John was a graduate of Grove City High School, class of 1941, and Grove City College, class of 1949. He received his master's in 1956 from Westminster College, New Wilmington. He was a member of the Adelpikos Fraternity and a player with both undefeated football teams at Grove City High School in 1940 and Grove City College in 1947. He also attended Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946, earning the rank of staff sergeant. He was the last living member of his army platoon that was one of the first troops to land in occupied Japan.

John retired from Grove City Area Schools, where he was a teacher for 27 years, beginning with the district in 1957. Previously he taught at Mercer High School for seven years and at Kirtland, Ohio, for a year. John also coached football, track and basketball for many years. He was inducted into the Mercer County Hall of Fame in 1985.

John was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Grove City for more than 50 years. He belonged to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 519 and American Legion Post 220, both Grove City.

He was a local and national member of AARP and served on Grove City Council, Grove City School Board, Grove City Hospital Volunteers, Grove City Recreation Council and Grove City Bicentennial Committee. He was formerly the curator of Grove City Historical Society and was a former playground director in the Grove City community.

In 2004, John and his wife received the Distinguished Historial Award from the House of Representatives by Rep. Dick Stevenson and the Historian Award from the Senate of Pennsylvania by Sen. Bob Robbins. They both received the Grove City Historial Award by Mayor Bruce Bennett, who proclaimed May 15, 2004, as Grove City's day for John and Marjorie Hummel.

John loved his family first, then football, then traveling.

Survivors include: his wife, Marjorie, at home; four children, John H. Hummel and his wife Pam, Kennerdell, Venango County; Susan J. Townsend, Punta Gorda, Fla.; Deborah A. Hummel, Grove City; and David M. Hummel and his wife Michelle, Grove City; five grandsons, Dr. Daniel Hummel and his wife Dini, Pocatello, Idaho; David R. Struble, Grove City; Grant Townsend, Miami, Fla.; Timothy B. Hummel, Kennerdell; and Thomas W. Hummel, Grove City; a great-grandson, Hamza "Boomer" Hummel, Pocatello; and two brothers, Richard L. Hummel, Pittsburgh; and Edgar T. Hummel and his wife Bonnie, Mays Landing, N.J.

John was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald J. Hummel.

Memorial contributions may be made in John's memory to Grace United Methodist Church, 210 S. Broad St., Grove City, PA 16127; or any local charitable organization that benefits others.


John H. II, 89, Grove City.

Calling hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday (11-10-13) in the chapel of Grace United Methodist Church, Grove City.

Service: Funeral service at 4:15 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary.

Interment: Woodland Cemetery, Grove City, with military honors.

Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.

Obituary was published Nov. 9, 2013 in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201A Erie St., Grove City.