Robert Pagel

Robert Pagel

Monday, January 23rd, 1933 Saturday, July 6th, 2019

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Obituary for Robert L. Pagel

Robert L. Pagel, 86, of Black Creek, formerly of Fence, Wisc., passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Appleton, Wisc.

He was born on January 23, 1933, in Green Bay, Wisc., son of the late Lester and Viola (Reis) Pagel. Bob graduated from Laona High School, Class of 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 until his honorable discharge in 1955. Bob married Shirley M. Zirbel on August 25, 1955. They resided in Newald, Popple River, Laona, Green Bay, and Black Creek, before moving to Fence in 1996. Bob started his career as a meat cutter before owning and operating Pagel’s Superette in Black Creek in 1971. During his time in Black Creek he served as the Village President, was a proud member of the Lions Club and also a member of the Armstrong-Goodman VFW.

He enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, fishing, and woodworking in Fence, Wis., which he referred to as God’s Country. Bob especially enjoyed the time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Shirley, one son Robert (Heather) Pagel, Appleton; two daughters Pamela (Paul) Batte, Fence, and SharRee (Robert) Gritt, Black Creek; one brother Wayne (Gerry) Pagel, Howard; one sister Sandy (Jerry) Klukow, Clearwater, Fla.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary Zirbel, Pat (Roger) Oldenburg, Nancy Pagel, and Dick (Jan) Zirbel; eight grandchildren, Matthew (Brenda) Batte, Angela (Lance) Wilkinson, BethAnn (Dan) Riesenweber, Amanda (Ryan) Riehl, Stefanie (Kurt) Zuleger, Sarah (Tom) Curry, Natalie Payette and Alexis Payette; eleven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by one brother, Gary; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob Zirbel, Gerald (Phyllis) Zirbel, Carol Cunningham; and by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lawrence and Adaline Zirbel.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the Fence Town Hall, Fence, Wis.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in Bob’s memory.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Iron Mountain, Mich., to honor Bob’s legacy of life.

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A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the Fence Town Hall, Fence, Wis.

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I miss you great grandpa
Comment | Posted at 12:03pm via Condolence

Ilene Meulemans

Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Wrightstown Class of 1954.
Comment | Posted at 02:56pm via Condolence

Midge Pues

Am so sorry for your loss!
Comment | Posted at 11:17am via Condolence

Tony and Kathy Ratajczak

Dear Shirley and Family,
We send hugs for comfort and prayers for peace for you during this sad time. We always enjoyed our visits with you when we came up north with Braun's. You were blessed to have so many years together to make wonderful memories. We will always remember his warm, welcoming smile and good stories. May he rest in peace.
Tony and Kathy Ratajczak
De Pere, WI
Comment | Posted at 09:55am via Condolence

Rosie Konitzer

Shirley and family. My sympathy to all of you at Bob's passing. Many good times at the Popple River Pub in years past. I think of you often. Love and prayers.
Rosie Konitzer
Comment | Posted at 08:53am via Condolence

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