Francis J. Humpal

Francis J. Humpal, age 75, of Forest Township, died suddenly at his home on Wednesday, December 8, 1999.

Francis Jacob Humpal was born on August 1, 1924, in Forest Township, the son of Frank and Emma (Snyder) Humpal. He attended Woodland School and lived and worked his entire life on the family farm in Forest Township. In addition to operating his dairy farm, Francis helped other farmers in the area. He was also a self taught mechanic who was called on regularly to fix broken down machinery. In his spare time, Francis operated a sawmill and collected antique gas engines. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Francis liked spending time with family and friends and was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church in Clear Lake.

Francis is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Emma Humpal; 2 brothers, Joseph and Bill Humpal; his sister, Helen Novotny; and nephew, Mike Novotny.

He is survived by sister Wilma Cress of Clear Lake, WI; brother Al (Phyllis) Humpal, Deer Park, WI; nieces and nephews, Jim (Sandy) Cress, Emerald, WI, Jerry Cress, Clear Lake, WI, Carl (Dawn) Cress, Emerald, WI, Elaine (Paul) McAndrew, New Richmond, WI, Butch Humpal, Somerset, WI, David (Pam) Humpal, Amery, WI, Joanne Humpal, Maplewood, MN, LaVonne Humpal, Maplewood, MN, Linda (Don) Baltes, Rochester, MN, Ronny Novotny, Iowa, Pat (Adolph) Sir, Iowa, Randy (Pam) Novotny, Florida, Sue (Lenny) Cutsforth, Iowa; many great nieces, nephews, great-great nieces & nephews, family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John's Catholic Church on Saturday, December 11, 1999 at 10:30 a.m. Father Joseph Trinka officiated, organist was Dorothy Holmes and St. John's Choir provided the music. Honorary casketbearers were Gerald Graese, Melvin Heibel, Leon Helgeson, Kenneth Klatt, Curtis Matter, Delver Matter. Casketbearers were Bryan Cress, Carl Cress, Dennis Cress, Jim Cress, Lenny Cutsforth, andn David Humpal. Ladies of St. John's Guild served a luncheon after the service. Interment in the Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake, WI. Hammer Funeral Home of Clear Lake handled the arrangements.

(Clear Lake Museum Chronicle)