Paul Edward Hammes
November 12, 1955 – July 5, 2018
Paul Edward Hammes, age 62, passed away on July 5, 2018 in Hayward, Wisconsin after a beautiful week making memories at the cabin with his family, including the celebration of his 40th wedding anniversary to his dear wife, Linda Hammes. Although his passing comes much too soon, Paul beat the odds and blessed his family with almost 12 more years following a stem cell transplant to treat t-cell lymphoma. Paul was born on November 12, 1955 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to Wilbert Peter and Mary Catherine (Althoff) Hammes. He was united in marriage to his “pal,” Linda Joy Pretasky on June 17, 1978 in La Crosse. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a proud recipient of the Evans Scholarship and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa and XXX honors. He worked at Cargill for 25 years in various merchandising, asset management, and transportation roles throughout the United States and Canada. Paul spent the last 11 years of his career at Union Pacific Railroad, including 8 years as Vice President and General Manager of Agricultural Products in Marketing and Sales. He was honored to volunteer as a mentor to students at Boys Town.
After retirement, Paul, Linda, and their family enjoyed boating and spending time together at their cabin on Round Lake in Hayward. Paul was an avid runner who ran several marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2004. He enjoyed traveling and golfing, and was a loyal Badger, Packer, and Brewer fan. Most of all, Paul was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved to spend time with his adoring grandchildren.
Paul is survived by his beloved wife, Linda; his children Paul (Anna) Hammes, Jennifer Hammes, and Mary (Joe) Gruhn; his four grandchildren, Millie and Maggie Hammes and Thomas and Leona Gruhn; his siblings, John (Nancy) Hammes, MaryAnne (Charlie) Ihle, Rita (Bob) Nydam, Bernadette (Sebby) Gutierrez, Pete (Stephanie) Hammes, Eileen (Dan) Ploussard; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph in infancy.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 12th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. VISITATION on Friday, July 13th beginning at 9:30am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30am. Private Interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Lymphoma Research Foundation or the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at University of Nebraska Medical Center.