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Armand R. Hamel

July 14, 1925 ~ November 11, 2018
November 15, 2018
Armand R. Hamel, 93, passed away on November 11, 2018, at his home in Troy of natural causes. Services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, November 19, at Milnor Lake Cemetery in Troy.

He was born on July 14, 1925, to Aurore and Adelard Hamel in Warren, Ontario, Canada. When he was six months old, his parents came to Libby, where his father was employed by the J. Neils Lumber Company.

Armand’s family followed the logging operations to Columbia Falls, Kalispell, the upper Yaak and finally to a permanent home in Troy. Armand finished school in Troy.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He had a short stay in the states and then was sent overseas to the Palau Islands in the Pacific. He stayed there for the duration of the war. He returned to Troy after his honorable discharge and went to work for the J. Neils Lumber Company.

He worked for them for four years and then left to work on the coast for Boeing Company and Pacific Car and Foundry.

When St. Regis Lumber Company started a new mill in Troy, he went back to work for them. The Troy mill later closed and he transferred to their mill in Libby, and later worked for Champion International until he retired.

Armand kept busy raising a garden, gathering firewood, fishing and hunting and picking huckleberries. He would hike and fish the upper mountain lakes like Wanless Lake and Upper Cedar Lake.

Survivors include nephew Lance Hamel, niece Draya Hamel, brother Ronald Hamel and sister in law Rita Hamel.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.

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