In loving memory of
Harry Pagels
  • February 07, 1938
  • -
  • July 15, 2020

  • Obituary
  • Sign Tribute Wall
  • Send an E-Card
  • Light a Candle
  • Photos

Obituary

Harry Pagels, 82, died peacefully, July 15, 2020 at Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages with His wife at his side and loving support from family, friends and an “outstanding extended family” on Avenida De Las Casas. He was born in Hamburg, Germany on February 7, 1938.  In 1956, at the age of 18 immigrated to US with his mother, brother, sister, and stepfather.

Harry served his country in the US Marine Corps active duty from 1956-1959 and Inactive duty 1959-1962 at which point he was Honorably discharged in August of 1962. In 1959 Harry was proud to become a citizen of the US and has served his country well.  From 1960-1962 he attended Electronic Engineering School in Detroit, MI.  After graduating he was hired by Boeing (Aerospace Division) in Great Falls, MT, installing and testing the Minute Man Missile Systems. From 1968-1994 he worked for Univac in Roseville MN. Testing large scale computer systems.  He later traveled worldwide as a Technical Support Specialist installing and troubleshooting these systems. In 1976 Harry married Patricia Ann Ferdelman. He was a Member of the Kansas City, MO Lodge No. 26 B.P.O. Elks and Lewistown, MT Lodge No. 456 B.P.O. Elks.

Harry fulfilled a lifetime dream when at the age of 56 he retired.  In 1998 he purchased his first motorhome and along with his wife became “snowbirds” traveling the warm climates of the US in the winter months.  A favorite destination was SSK RV Resort in the Florida Keys where they met and spent many seasons with their “winter snowbird Family”. He started everyday walking 5 miles while observing nature and the beauty of this tropical paradise.  Watching the sun set in Key West at Mallory square was the perfect end to any day.

In 2008 he settled into The Villages in FL as winter snowbirds, returning to their lake home in Garrison, MN for the summer months. Harry and Patricia became full time residents in 2014 where he enjoyed every day in the sun; walking, golfing, polo matches, pool time, exercising at the MVP club, Flamingo Happy hours with neighbors, and dancing the night away under the stars at Spanish Springs Square.

He is preceded in death by his Mother- Gertrude Budzyn (Pagels) Rodriguez; Stepfather Rudolph Rodriguez, Father- Friedrich Pagels, Brothers- Bruno Pagels and Rudolph Rodriguez.

Harry is survived by Patricia Ann Pagels, his beloved wife  of 44 years, of The Villages, FL; Daughter- Tamara (Wes) Slagle of Longville, MN; Son- Troy Ferdelman of North Branch, MN; Grandchildren- Eryn Jean, Alyssa Elizabeth, Jack James, Ericka Patricia; Sisters- Sibylle (Bill) Post of Lake Arrowhead, CA and Jonika (Ben) Swan of Colorado Springs, CO; Sister-in-law- Linda Rodriguez of Tyler, Texas; Numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Harry’s name to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation 2445 Lane Park Road Tavares, FL 32778 http://cshospice.org/foundation/giving/


Tribute Wall

Leave a reply



Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. 27 Jul 2020
    Karen Arcand says:
    Pat & Family
    So sorry to hear of Harry's passing. Like so many people who worked at Univac / Unisys if you ever knew Harry you would never forget this wonderful gentle sweetheart of a man. I am thankful I got to know such a awesome man. Pat, you and Harry were such a great match. Hope you find comfort in your great memories!
    Your friend, Karen

  2. 26 Jul 2020
    Sibylle Post says:
    Meine grosser broder Harry. I have been so blessed having you in my life for 65 years; hearing about all your adventures with your beloved Pat.. truly a marriage made in heaven. I will never forget your beautiful head of hair and sparkling eyes. Mr. personality plus, kind , kind gentle, generous and the life of the party. I am missing you so but i know you are having one heaven of a time. R.I.P .Broder!
    Ich Liebe Dich! Your sister Sibylle (Billie Girl)

  3. 26 Jul 2020
    Sibylle Post says:
    Meine grosser broder Harry. I have been so blessed having you in my life for 65 years; hearing about all all your adventures with your beloved Pat... truly a marriage made in heaven. I will never forget your beautiful head of hair and sparkling eyes. Mr. personality plus, kind, gentle, generous and the life of the party. I am so missing you but I know you are having one heaven of a time. R.I.P. Broder!
    Ich Liebe Dich! Your sister Sibylle (Billie Girl)

  4. 26 Jul 2020
    Ruby Lindstrom lit a candle:
    Lit since July 26, 2020 at 7:33:53 PM

  5. 25 Jul 2020
    Richard Church posted an image:
    Lunch with Harry and Friends.
    Lunch with Harry and Friends.

  6. 25 Jul 2020
    Richard Church posted an image:
    Lunch
    Lunch

  7. 23 Jul 2020
    Harlen and Gin lit a candle:
    Lit since July 23, 2020 at 7:29:20 PM

  8. 23 Jul 2020
    Marty Slagle lit a candle:
    Lit since July 23, 2020 at 7:45:21 AM

  9. 23 Jul 2020
    Marty Slagle says:
    Harry the man with the twinkling eyes and a happy smile. You will be greatly missed by your family and Friends.
    You are at peace and now you can fly with the Angels .

    Gary and Maurinetta Slagle

  10. 22 Jul 2020
    Patricia posted an image:
    Fundraiser in The Villages, FL
    Fundraiser in The Villages, FL

  11. 22 Jul 2020
    Patricia lit a candle:
    Lit since July 22, 2020 at 7:20:34 PM

  12. 22 Jul 2020
    Jack& Mary posted an image:
    Harry at wine tasting dinner
    Harry at wine tasting dinner

  13. 22 Jul 2020
    Jack & Mary lit a candle:
    Lit since July 22, 2020 at 7:59:07 PM

  14. 22 Jul 2020
    Clay and Aleta Wilson says:
    We met Harry and Patricia a year ago, but it felt like we knew him for a lifetime. Harry brought joy wherever he went. He will truly be missed, and we sent our sincerest and heartfelt love to Patricia.

  15. 22 Jul 2020
    Chuck and Linda McFerren says:
    Thinking about the years of fun we had travelling with Harry and Pat in our motorhomes. Such wonderful memories of a kind, generous, and loving man. We are blessed to have had you in our lives!

  16. 22 Jul 2020
    Gin lit a candle:
    Lit since July 22, 2020 at 7:51:06 PM

  17. 22 Jul 2020
    Tammy lit a candle:
    Lit since July 22, 2020 at 7:15:49 PM

  18. 22 Jul 2020
    Keith Gosnell says:
    Harry:
    We will dearly miss you. I wish I had got to know you better when you and Pat first came into my life. I will forever regret those wasted years. These last few years will be treasured forever. Thank you for letting us into your life. I hope you enjoyed our conversations. I know Vicki and I certainly did. My life was enriched by knowing you. Thank you for becoming my friend. You were a true Gentleman.
    Love,
    Keith & Vicki

  19. 22 Jul 2020
    Andrea Pescosolido lit a candle:
    Lit since July 22, 2020 at 7:18:10 AM

  20. 21 Jul 2020
    Judy henn says:
    Thank you Harry for always believing in me I will miss your quite nature and your smile. Judy.

  21. 21 Jul 2020
    Frank Ortega says:
    Uncle Harry, you lived a life of Honor, Cougar and Commitment. Not only to you country but the Corps. You Honored us all with your presence. You courageously fought threw every Aspect of your life. You committed your life to the happiness of others and your family.

    I Love You, We love You always and Forever.

  22. 21 Jul 2020
    Frank Ortega lit a candle:
    Lit since July 21, 2020 at 7:45:48 PM

  23. 21 Jul 2020
    Tammy says:
    You fought your fight for 17 years.
    You were strong...You were brave...You were always positive... and You did it your way.

    Thank you for all the joy and happiness you brought to our family
    And
    Thank you for being an awesome Dad and Opa

    I miss you!
    Love,
    Tammy

  24. 21 Jul 2020
    Gene and Dawn Olchefske posted an image:
    Harry and Pat
    Harry and Pat

  25. 21 Jul 2020
    Gene and Dawn Olchefske says:
    We will miss Harry’s smiling face and happy demeanor. I will miss all the interesting conversations we had through the years and his genuine warmness and hospitality. Harry you will be missed.

Send an E-Card

Please select an e-card

Required fields are marked *
 






Note: The code below resets with every submit of the form
captcha