Lawrence Spink Hemdal, 80 of Kouts, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022. He was born September 28, 1941 in Peru, IN to the late Olaf J. and Genevieve (Spink) Hemdal. Lawrence was a graduate of George Williams College and worked as the C.E.O. of the YMCA in Rockford for 10 years, Joliet for 22 years and 7 years in Valparaiso. He was a member of the Rotary Club and enjoyed electronic gadgets, 30-day road trips and traveling, and the development of his family’s property into a personal park.
On June 10, 1962, Lawrence married Carol (Kehler) Hemdal who survives along with their children, David (Heather) Hemdal and Karla Hemdal; grandchildren, Kevin, Joslyn, Kylie, Olaf, Jesse, and Kendall; and his brother, John Hemdal. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Migliore.
Larry Hemdal was an integral part of Indiana Wildlife Artists. I don’t remember a meeting or event where Larry wasn’t present. For several years he served as the Treasurer for IWA. His knowledge, experience and willingness to keep us in line and up to date with all things pertaining to our Not-For-Profit status helped us all sleep at night.
From our President, Diana Hunter:
“Larry Hemdal (served IWA) with outstanding excellence which has not be equaled. He helped IWA on so many issues helping us avoid liability issues and running our exhibits. He will long be remembered for his faithfulness and diligent service and how he befriended so many of us.”
We will miss you, Larry.