Leonel "Pete" Duhamell, 86

Leonel Edward "Pete" Duhamell, of Wabash, passed away at 12:55 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester, Indiana. He was 86 years old.

Pete was born on Feb. 19, 1933, in Huntington County, to the late Elmer H. and Mary (Waters) Duhamell.  He was a 1951 graduate of Urbana High School.  Pete married Phyllis "Elaine" Francis Haynes on Feb. 20, 1953. She passed away on July 4, 2017. 

Pete served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957.  Afterwards, he worked at Diehl Machines for 40 years.  He retired as a consultant for STS in Vermont. Pete was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

Pete enjoyed playing bingo and playing cards.  He loved being with his family and grandchildren.

Pete is survived by three sons, Randy (Cathy) Duhamell, of Lagro, Keith (Patti) Duhamell, of Wabash, and Jeff (Rhonda) Duhamell, of Wabash; two daughters, Nancy (Gary) Devore, of Wabash, and Linda (Kevin) Bruss, of Warsaw; a sister, Doris Haupert, of Auburn; 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Debra Diane Duhamell, in 1953; great-grandchild, Aden Shoue, two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash. 

Entombment will be at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at the funeral home.

Preferred Memorials are to the Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Posted on 2019 Mar 13