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“Marlys & family very sorry to hear the passing of Paul was nice to be able meat him a few years ago. Be thinking of your loss Marlys. Rodney ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Rodney Nelson - Quimby, IA

“RIP Brother ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Ed Bailey - Union, NE

“Paul was the kindest and warmest cousin to my father, Warren Sr., and to my daughter, Sarah, and I. His mother Sadie and my grandmother Hazel were...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Gary Rugger - Bakersfield, CA

“Linda ,Richard, and family, because I have heard your stories over the years,I know this is a hard loss for all of you May God give you comfort...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Audrey Neiffer - Philip, SD

“Paul was without a doubt one of the finest people I've had the priveldge to meet. His friendship and hospitality helped Iowa feel like my home away...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Knobby Leedy - Bean Station, TN

“" We are so sorry for your loss. We never personally knew Paul, but heard many wonderful things about him from our sister-in-law, Linda and brother,...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Betty and Darwin Schmidt - Early, IA

“He was a great guy. We will sure miss him enjoyed playing pegs with you guys. Our prayers are with you ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Don & Ardelle Staver - Aurelia, IA


Paul E. Nagel, 86, of Ticonic, Iowa passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at St. John's United Methodist Church in Mapleton, Iowa with Reverend Jena Manchester, officiating. Graveside services will be 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, November 28, 2016 with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. followed by Masonic Rites by Vesper Lodge #223 AF and AM of Onawa, Iowa at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Paul Edwin was born September 28, 1930 at the Lutheran Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa to Paul A. and Sadie (Miller) Nagel. He spent his childhood days in Grant Center, Iowa until he was fourteen when his mother passed away. He lived in Sioux City with his grandparents for a short time. He attended school in Grant Center and Sioux City.

Paul married Marlys Ann Hodgdon on March 9, 1956, and to this union two children were born, John and Jeanette. He was so proud of all his children and grandchildren and has become a legend to them because there was nothing he could not do or make for them.

Paul became a Journeyman Ironworker in 1952 out of Local #184 in Sioux City, Iowa. This took him to many places across the country. He worked for Bechtel Corporation as a project superintendant for many years in the power division. Paul worked on many powerhouses around the nation. He was a highly respected engineer, and was called to many jobs when there were problems with labor or suppliers. He worked very well with people and made several lifelong friendships at many job sites. He also developed several new tools in the process, and is credited for many ideas and procedures. Paul also worked as a consultant for several companies after he "retired". He put gates in many locks and dams around the country, from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to the Mississippi Tombigbee Waterway. Paul was very proud to receive his sixty year ironworkers union pin in 2012.

Paul was also a Thirty-Second Degree Mason, Scottish Rite, and a member of the Shrine organization. He was very proud of his Masonic membership and was a member of the Vesper Lodge #223 AF and AM of Onawa, Iowa. He was also a member of the Eastern Star organization with his wife.

Paul was a very kind person who had many friends. Everyone who knew Paul, for however brief or long, has special stories of something he had done for them, or a joke he told them. He had a way of telling stories like no one else, and his sense of humor will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Marlys Nagel of Ticonic, Iowa; step-sister, Dorothy Reed of Lebanon, Tennessee; his son, John (Jody) Nagel of Lawrenceville, Georgia with grandsons, Ethan and Bryant of Lawrenceville, Georgia; his daughter, Jeanette (Bob) Dobson of Sioux City, Iowa with grandchildren, Jeffery (Sara Beth) stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, and Corey and Cale of Sioux City, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; one brother; and one step-sister.

Memorials may be directed to the family in Paul's memory.

Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com

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Rush Family Care Service
1629 10th Street Onawa, IA 51040
Tel. (712)-423-3293

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