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Waverly man remembered in deadly hunting accident

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A community is mourning the loss of 47-year-old Kirk Hummel after a Christmas Eve hunting accident turned deadly. 

Hummel, who was from Waverly went on a hunting trip with his wife on Christmas Eve. The two went rabbit hunting on his parents farm near Allison. 

Both Hummel's family and the community are experiencing a devastating loss after his sudden death.

"It's been a terrible loss," said Nashua-Plainfield Lions Club President Dennis Litterer.

Hummel, a loan officer,  had served as treasurer for the Club for nine years, where he devoted many years of service. 

"This is my third term as president and I always kept the budget fairly tight," said Litterer. "He goes well, leave the budget a little higher than you always do-I like a big balance he would say, he liked a bigger balance, because we could give it away."

Litterer said Hummel loved giving back to the community, and did so every chance he could.

Hummel could be found at every single fish fry the Lions hosted. 

Litterer said a tragic accident took one of their most treasured members. 

The Butler County Sheriff's Office says, "Kathleen Hummel reported an accidental discharge from her rifle was the cause of the incident." 

A relative of the family, who identified herself as Hummel's sister-in-law says a dog caused the accident. The relative did not provide specifics as to what exactly happened, but did mention it was the dog that actually caused the accident. 

"Something like that, he's 47-years-old and a couple kids-it's just a shock," said Litterer.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office says they are still investigating. 

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