Donald F. Pagel

  • Born: July 28, 1938
  • Died: December 9, 2019
  • Location: Horicon, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Murray Funeral & Cremation Services, Horicon

716 Clinton Street
Horicon, WI 53032

Tel. (920) 485-2217

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald F. Pagel, age 81, of Horicon passed away peacefully on December 9, 2019 at his home in Horicon with his family by his side.

Don was born the son of Herbert and Henrietta (Voy) Pagel on July 28, 1938 in Horicon. He was a 1956 graduate of Horicon High School. Don was united in marriage to Karen Rader on August 3, 1968 in Fox Point, Wisconsin. He had retired from John Deere Company as a purchasing specialist after 40 plus years.

Don was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church (Browns Corners). He was also a longtime member of Horicon Hills Golf Course in Horicon where he enjoyed many rounds with family and friends. Don also enjoyed watching his son's sports activities over the years with his wife Karen, they helped establish the hockey rinks in Beaver Dam and West Bend for future generations to enjoy.

He is survived by his wife Karen of Horicon. His son- Michael (Heather) Pagel of Fond du Lac. Daughter in law- Liza Pagel of Kenosha. His grandchildren- Kaleb, Ethan, and Alexandra Pagel. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Timothy, sisters- Dorothy Austin and Ordell Thomas, and brothers- Palmer and Herbert Pagel.

Memorial services for Don will take place on Saturday, December 14, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church (Browns Corner), Horicon, Wisconsin with the Rev. Jonathan Szczesny officiating. Visitation will take place Saturday, December 14 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church (Browns Corners), Wisconsin Multiple Sclerosis Society, or Hillside Hospice in Beaver Dam.

Special thanks to Hillside Hospice and Rev. Jonathan Szczesny for their care and support shown to Don and his family.


Condolence & Memory Journal


It is sad to hear of Don's passing. Don was a person that left his mark on many.
My Condolences to the Pagel Family.

Posted by James Hardzinski - Matthews, NC - Coworker   December 17, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. I worked with Don at John Deere for several years. Don was a fine gentleman and always meticulously on top of every detail of his job. He always had a smile and didn't let the little things get him down or throw him off track. It was a great pleasure to know and work with Don. Our prayers are that your good memories, support of family and friends and God's grace will help you through this hard time.

Posted by Pat and Nancy Hammell - West Bend, WI - Coworker   December 17, 2019

We are so very sorry for your loss. When we think of Don we think of a really nice man who always greeted us with a smile. We were totally planning on attending the funeral and an unexpected Grandparent obligation. Please know that your family is in our prayers!

Posted by John and Carol Zuleger - Juneau, WI - Friend   December 13, 2019

Dear Pagel Family: we are all so sorry to hear of Don's recent passing. Though we have not had the pleasure of meeting you all, we know from our son Taylor, his wife Katie, and Katie's sister Liza that you are a strong and loving family. We wish you peace and that God's love and presence will be a comfort to you.

Posted by Linda and Bruce Henning - Minneapolis, MN - Family Friend   December 12, 2019


I am sorry for your loss Karen. I had known Don for a short time, but he was a very nice gentleman.

Posted by Kathleen Claas - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   December 12, 2019

Please accept my Condolences. It was truly my honor to have known and worked with Don for many years. He was such a special and kind person to everyone. He loved his family dearly. May God embrace you Karen and your family in comfort during this difficult time. Rest in peace my Dear Friend.

Posted by Kathy Sertich - Mayville, WI - Coworker   December 11, 2019

My deepest condolences on the loss of your husband. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Nancy Habeger - Markesan, WI - Friend   December 11, 2019

My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy

Posted by Sherry Colvin - Beaver dam, WI - Friend   December 10, 2019

I had the honor to work with Don at John Deere for many years. What a great man and dedicated hard worker. He will be sadly missed. Condolences go out to his family and friends. Rest In Peace my friend.

Posted by Craig Lesley - Cave Creek, AZ - Coworker   December 10, 2019

I worked with Don for many years. So very sorry to hear of his passing. My heartfelt sympathy to your family at this difficult time.

Posted by Becky Smith - Fall River, WI - Coworker   December 10, 2019

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