Newton Nagel, 93, formerly of Granger
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:29 AM
Newton H. Nagel, 93, of Stewartville died of natural causes, peacefully with family at his side, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at his home in Stewartville.
Newton Harold Nagel was born Feb. 14, 1920, to Ira and Marie (Zwart) Nagel on the family farm in Fillmore County. He grew up with two sisters and three brothers.
He attended country school and graduated from Harmony High School.
Newton was married on Aug. 25, 1943, at Cherry Grove Evangelical United Brethren Church, to Deloris E. Mensink. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Rochester, where they began their family of three sons, Gary, Bruce and David and one daughter, Carol.
He was employed at Rochester Dairy and at the United Postal Service before entering the United States Army in 1946. Following his discharge, he again worked at the United Postal Service until the family moved to rural Granger in 1951 where they farmed.
In 1965, they returned to Rochester and he was employed by the city of Rochester in the Park and Recreation Department until his retirement in 1985. His wife was a homemaker and also was employed as a cafeteria worker at Mayo High School in Rochester for a number of years. The couple moved to Stewartville in 2010.
He was a past member of Cherry Grove United Methodist Church and was a longtime member of Evangel United Methodist Church in Rochester, where he sang in the choir. He was able to play numerous instruments by ear and had a very good singing voice. He was also a member of the Stateline Choir for a time. He was also a member of the Teamster's Union while employed in Rochester.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. He enjoyed carpentry, his flowers, his music and laughing.
He is survived by his wife, Deloris; children, Bruce (Jeannette) of Rochester, Carol (Dallas) Stewart of rural Lawrenceburg, Ky., David (Ilene) of Arlington, Wash., and Cheryl Nagel of Lake City; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Russell (Leona) Nagel of Harmony, Gordon (Irene) Nagel of Lime Springs, Iowa, and George (Diane) Nagel of Stewartville; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Yen La Ong, a student who lived with them for six years as she graduated from high school and attended college.
He was preceded in death by his son, Gary and two sisters, Eunice Winters and Frances Kratz.
The funeral service for him was held Saturday, Jan. 25, at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with the Rev. Wane Souhrada and the Rev. Jeff Utecht officiating. A committal service and burial followed at Cherry Grove Cemetery in Cherry Grove.
The family suggests memorials go to St. Croix Hospice, the Evangel United Methodist Church or the United Methodist churches in Cherry Grove or Stewartville.
Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville assisted the family with the funeral arrangements.