Gary Paul Hummel, 56, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care on Friday, July 26, 2019 after a courageous three-year battle with Stage IV Lung Cancer.
Gary was born on April 15, 1963 to the late Frank and Helen (Bugler) Hummel, both of Kansas City. Gary was the youngest of seven children. He attended Bishop OHara high school and graduated with a bachelors degree in Psychology from Rockhurst College, both in Kansas City. He was passionate about art both learning about it and creating it and he especially loved Impressionists and painting. Van Gogh was one of his favorite artists. Gary also loved to cook and bake, and he shared many special moments teaching his daughters his tips, tricks, and recipes, including his signature liqueur, limoncello. He loved Kansas City, and especially Mid-town, where he lived for several years. His favorite hangout spot was Grinders in the Crossroads, where he would always enjoy a cold PBR (or three), and he considered everyone there his "family." Over the years, he worked in retail sales, customer service, and most recently at the family business, Acme Brass and Machineworks.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his three daughters, Sarah, Gretchen, and Maggie Hummel; his partner, Russ Riegel; his siblings, Terry Slattery (Mike), Frank (Mary), Nancy Reynolds (Jim), Mary-Helen Geister (Bob), Jim (Cheryl), and Stephen (Jesse); numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and many friends and loved ones. Gary never met a stranger, and his sense of humor, bubbly personality, and loving nature will be greatly missed by all.
A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Muehlebach Chapel, 6800 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Redemptorist Church, 3333 Broadway Boulevard, Kansas City, MO. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Gary wouldnt want anyone to be sad, so please wear bright, happy colors in his honor.
The family would like to thank the lifelong friends and school classmates who supported and visited Gary during his extended illness. We would also especially like to thank the doctors and nurses at the University of Kansas Hospital and the staff and nurses at Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village and at Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care for their ongoing care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider donating to Gildas Club Kansas City, the Human Rights Campaign, or to the Gary Hummel Memorial Fund in care of the Muehlebach Chapel. "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." A.A. Milne
Visitation Muehlebach Funeral Home
Sunday, August 04, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
6800 Troost AvenueKansas City, Missouri
Directions Mass of Christian Burial Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Redemptorist) Catholic Church
Monday, August 05, 2019
3333 BroadwayKansas City, MO 64111