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In Memory of Warren Pagel


9:30 am - 10:30 am
Tuesday November 23, 2021
United Methodist Church - Hudson
1401 Laurel Ave, Hudson, WI 54016

Memorial Service

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday November 23, 2021
United Methodist Church - Hudson
1401 Laurel Ave, Hudson, WI 54016

Warren Charles Pagel, age 93, resident of Hudson, WI, passed away Monday, November 15, 2021 surrounded by his children. 


Warren was born October 17, 1928, to parents Orien and Lena (Buchmeyer) Pagel in Riceville, Iowa.  He graduated from Tama High School in Tama, IA and soon after, he enlisted in the military.  He served 3 years in the Army, helping with the reconstruction of Germany and Italy following World War II.  While in Europe he learned to ski and mountain climb. He skied and climbed all over the world, ascending over 100 peaks.


Returning from the military he attended the University of Iowa, receiving a BS in Chemical Engineering. He then worked for 3M Company for 40 years, focusing on structural adhesives for the aerospace industry. He earned several patents in this art.


Warren was an avid participant in the United Methodist Church, the St. Croix Valley Arts Guild, bowling leagues, golf leagues, Afton Alps Ski Patrol and many organizations and boards.


Warren was instrumental in helping to raise his 7 grandchildren and delighted in the birth of each of his great grandchildren.


Warren will remain in the hearts of his daughters, Gail (Jay) Lund, Pam (Kelly) Ziemann, and Amy (Clay) Ford; grandchildren, Isaac (Shannon) Helmer, Ryan (Megan) Helmer, Jessica (Rob) Kopp, Jacob (Danielle) Lund, Maxwell (Madison) Lund, Nicholas Lund, and Mackenzie Lund; great-grandchildren, Grace, Paige, Claire, Mara, and Rory; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. 


Warren is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Norman Pagel, Eugene Pagel, and Henry Pagel; and son-in-law, Garry Zvan.


Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. and a memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at United Methodist Church in Hudson, WI.  Private burial to take place in the spring in Tama, IA.  Memorials preferred to the St. Croix Valley Foundation or Phipps Center For The Arts in Hudson, WI. 

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    • I waited on Warren at Dibbos. He was was a very kind man and would help anyone who needed it.

    • Pam, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Praying God’s peace and comfort for you –

      Nancy Killian

    • Sending hugs and prayers to the whole Pagel family. I have so many memories going back to 1968 when I was 6 years old. Warren was an incredible man. One of a kind. He will be missed. God bless you all 🙏

    • My heart skipped a beat when I saw this face in the paper. Once you have known Warren Pagel, there is simply no mistaking that face! “Friendliest face ever”, as my mom used to say. The Valley Arts Guild was such a magical place to spend one’s childhood. It was a gift to be around so many creative adults who were less concerned about teaching or disciplining the young people around them and more interested in encouraging and mentoring them. Warren was one of the first adults I remember from those VAG days. Harvey? Ten Little Indians? Not sure exactly – it was a loooong time ago, but the memory of him still stands out. He was so kind to a little kid just crawling around backstage bothering everybody. And as the years went on, whenever I would run into him, he was so much fun to talk to…he would light up talking about one of his daughters or his most recent ski vacations. And before we parted, he would always leave me with a kind word about my parents and a quick story about those sweet days in the little theater on Fourth Street. Another good guy gone. RIP, Warren

    • Dear Gail, Pam, and Amy,
      This was such unexpected news that your dad passed. I think that I always thought that he would just “keep on keeping on!” We have a photo of him standing beside his beloved VW Karmann Ghia in a French stripe ski sweater (ala Jean Claude Killy) with a striking goggle tan and our brother, Rick, standing with him. They had taken off together for the Rockies and slopes. I just wish I could have seen them skiing, but the grins they wore said it all. You all were and are quite a team.
      With much love,

    • Amy Pam and Gail
      Sorry to hear about your Dad. We had so much fun on the lake and Riverside Drive. You were so fortunate to have him for so many years. We lost Dave this past April. They had so much fun together. Miss seeing all of you.

    • What a life well lived! I had the pleasure of working with Warren in the winter at Afton Alps and also seeing him all summer at Tartan Park where I worked throughout college. Warren would come in to the golf snack bar and order a raw onion and proceed to eat it like an apple! Sending my condolences to all who loved him.

    • i enjoyed our talk’s when i got to cut his hair, he was wise on all subject’s and helped me with bussiness question’s. I will really miss him.

    • My wife and I send our thoughts and prayers to Gail,Pam and Amy and all of Warren’s grand kids.

    • Pagel family,
      My condolences.

      My memories of Warren, are singing in the Methodist choir with him, his stories, his roles at the Phipps, and the last time I saw him at my uncle Wayne’s funeral a fellow 3M employee.
      Know he will not easily be forgotten. A man with a great smile and huge heart.
      Blessing and prayers,

    • Sending hugs and love to Gail, Pam and Amy. What a loving dad, I’m so sorry for your loss.☮️

    • I first met Warren in 1970 when I joined the Afton Ski Patrol. What a great guy! We had many wonderful days of skiing and listening to his latest projects at 3M in the old AC&S Division. He loved teaching the patrollers his knot tying skills every year- I’m still using this knowledge to this day. I think of Warren every time we descend a chairlift or tie a rope to rappel down a hillside. He loved his skiing out west and always regaled us with his stories from the backcountry. Such a wonderful man and a great family of daughters! Looking forward to seeing all Warren’s friends and family at the celebration of his Life.

    • Gail, Pam and Amy-
      We were so sorry to hear of Warren’s passing. He was the spitting image of health and vitality and will be missed at church and of course on the slopes. What a long, full, adventurous life!
      Please know you are all in our prayers and we wish you peace.
      Maggie and Randy Rettler