Richard Hummel

July 14, 1928 - February 04, 2020

Visitation: Friday, 2-4 & 6-8PM, Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Hwy., Pittsburgh, PA 15229

Service: Saturday, 10AM, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Park, 10301 Walters Rd., Allison Park, PA 15101


Life Motto – “What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God ?” Micah 6:8

RICHARD LEE HUMMEL was born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, at home (424 N. Broad St.) on July 14, 1928, the third of four children of John Henry Hummel Sr. and Virginia Mae Jones Hummel.
On June 10, 1934, he became a child of God and heir of Eternal Life through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism in Grace Methodist Church, Grove City, PA with his parents as sponsors.
Richard was graduated from Grove City High School in 1946 and received his A.B. Degree from Grove City College in June, 1950. In 1955, he earned his Master’s Degree in Education at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. Graduate work, up to but not including the PhD degree, was pursued at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
He taught in Grove City High School until he was called into US Military Service in 1950 for two years. He served as a Corporal in the US Army primarily in Louisiana during the Korean War. After the Service he returned to Grove City High School as a teacher and coach of football, basketball and track. In 1957, he accepted the position as Guidance Counselor in the Slippery Rock Area Schools.
In February 1959, he accepted the position as Guidance Counselor at North Hills High School, Pittsburgh, PA, where he remained for 26 years until his retirement in June, 1985. At North Hills, he coached tennis and golf. He also taught Continuing Education classes for Penn State University. He supervised the College Board exams for 26 years – testing more than 50,000 students. Richard also supervised and tested over 3000 people for high school equivalent exams (GED.) He was a life member of the National Education Association and the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
On June 28, 1952, Richard was united in marriage to Miriam Louise Spoehr in St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, West View, PA by the bride’s father, Rev. Luther P. Spoehr and her great-uncle , Rev. C.F.W. Brecht. Both Mimi and Dick were members of the church and attained membership in the Half-Century Club and in the Luther Weds Sunday School Class. He also served in a variety of positions on the Vestry – including President.
Their union was blessed with two daughters. Mary Louise Hummel of Rockville, MD and Miriam Jane Hummel Buresh Peterson of Pittsburgh, PA.
Richard entered the Church Triumphant on February 4,2020 . In this life he reached the age of 91 years, 6 months and 21 days.
He is survived by his daughters, Mary Louise Hummel and Miriam Buresh Peterson, son-in-law, Scott Peterson and also by four grandchildren: Christie Alfred Herald, Alexandra Alfred Monteleone, Beth Buresh Panicucci and Timothy Buresh. He is also survived by five great- grandchildren: Benjamin, Emily and Kyle Herald; Ronan Adair; and Finn Panicucci.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and John , his wife, Miriam,and his three brothers: John, Donald and Edgar. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Burial arrangements were made by Devlin Funeral Home and a memorial service was held at St.Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Park on February 8 at which Rev. Dr. Frederick Schenker was the officiant.
His mortal remains were interred on February 8 in the family plot in the cemetery of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church , North Park.


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  • kate, phoenix az

    Mir…I had the deepest respect for your dad (& mom). I am so grateful to you for arranging their trip to visit me in Arizona years ago. So often I recall memories of my time spent with them, here as well as in PA. Sincere condolences and prayers to your entire family.

  • Michael Naughton

    Mary and Family,
    What a wonderful life your Dad and Grandfather lived! I feel honored to have met him many years ago. Having seen many photos on Facebook over the past few years, I am certain you have wonderful memories of him to share. I will think of you this week as you honor his life.
    Wishing you comfort and peace,

  • Diane Staley Bragg

    Mr. Hummel was not my guidance counselor but he was so helpful to so many. I am sorry I did not get to speak w him at our 50th reunion that I attended. (NHHS 1966).

  • Luther Spoehr

    Dick is part of so many good memories, far too many to list. His kindness and humor were (and are) unforgettable. It was an honor to be his nephew. We miss him already.

  • Janice Huwe

    Dear Mary and Mir,

    I’m so sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. I always remember him greeting me with “Jannie Schurer-er-er-er” and a smile, as far back as I can remember. My family was blessed to have yours next door and as friends.
    I think my dad will have meant to tell me if he read it in the paper, but his memory now is not what it used to be.
    My deepest sympathy to you both and your family.
    Love, Jan


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