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“I was sitting with my Dad when he saw the notice for this. I am thinking of you all so much during this time of sadness. I remember so many great...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Missy (Nice) Arey - Tiffin, IA

“So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the whole family. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Teresa (Harksen) Bartels - Fulton, IL

“Sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Janica Jenkins - Morrison, IL

“We are sorry to hea of John's passing. He was a good guy ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Gordon L Zschiesche - Lyndon, IL

“To: All of John's children and grandchildren: John will be missed terribly at Resthave Home. He was a joy to have known and a man who could always...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Nancy VanZuiden - IL - Friend

“What a beautiful obit! Unfortunately, we did not get an opportunity to meet John, but we are blessed to have his son Joe (and Julie) special bonus...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Brenda Kurszewski - Plover, WI

“Tom, Our thoughts and prayers are with you; so sorry to hear of your loss. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Kristi & Robert David - Fulton, IL

“Thank you John, for planting those cherry trees. As kids we climbed all over them trees. And a month ago, they provided our family with some...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: JoEllyn (Schroeder) Mackey - IL

“Our deepest sympathy to the Nagel family. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Bob and Nancy (Harvey) Countryman - IL

“John will be missed by all. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Resthave Nursing Home Resthave

“The Abbott family extends our deepest condolences to you. It was a pleasure to see Susan and her dad looking so happy at the Father's Day event at...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Jan Landow - Louisville, KY

“Our deepest sympathies. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Gabe and Sue Gomez - Morrison, IL

“My sincere condolence to the family. Thank you for your service to our country. May Peace be with you, John. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: John Britt - Morrison, IL

“Prayers and thoughts for the family. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Verna (Malpas) Koselka - Morrison, IL

“Doris, Joe, & rest of family- From earliest memory, I was blessed to know John and Rita both as kind, caring people. They were very invo!oved in the...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Tim Vos - Morrison, IL - Friend

“Thoughts & prayers to the family. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Michelle Hook - Morrison, IL

“Dear Nagel Family,I am so sorry for your loss. I am grateful to your father for raising such a loving family. May you be comforted by your memories...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Michelle Leebens-Mack - Athens, GA

“To all the Nagel Family - Knowing the Nagel Family dates way back to the Union Grove School days. My Cindy and you - Sue - started Kindergarten and...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Flora Stralow - Morrison, IL

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John R. Nagel of Morrison, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the age of 88, but his kind heart and strong will shall not be forgotten.

He was born at home at 1293 Bluff Street, on August 19, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa and was the fourth of six children of Arthur Eugene and Margaret M. (Aureden) Nagel. John attended St. Mary's Grade School in Dubuque and graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1945. He proudly served in the US Army at Fort Lewis Washington during the final year of World War II and took advantage of the GI Bill graduating cum laude from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

John married his best friend, Rita Wilson, on June 16, 1956 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Morrison. They proudly celebrated their 60th anniversary just last month. John, together with his brothers, built "The Red Brick Home" on Carroll Road - his family home for over 45 years where he and Rita raised their six children and he tended his beautiful gardens. Affectionately known as "Jack", his favorite time was spent with family and his favorite name was "Grandpa". He loved the holidays but especially our annual 4th of July picnics playing Euchre, hand cranking ice cream, smoking White Owl cigars and debating the world economic outlook with his brothers.

John worked his entire 35-year career in finance with General Electric's Appliance Control Division in Morrison until his retirement in 1989. He spent many years on the G.E. bowling and golf leagues building a lifetime of friendships. John was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Morrison serving on its finance council and being a Third Degree in the Knights of Columbus. He was proud of his many years of service as a board member at Resthave Nursing Home - the place that became his final home, providing compassionate care during his most difficult days.

John had many other loves, too. He and Rita enjoyed many travel adventures together -- visiting their grandchildren, wintering in Florida and touring in North America and Europe. John was a lifelong and frustrated Cubs fan, loved eating peanuts by the handful, reading westerns, listening to Rush Limbaugh, and sharing his opinion. Growing up in the Depression, he had an ingrained desire to save and invest -- he loved a good rebate, coupon or sale.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Rita, of Morrison; daughters, Doris Nagel of Vernon Hills, IL, Susan (John) Mack of Maple Grove, MN; sons, Joseph (Julie) Nagel of Stevens Point, WI, Robert (Nancy) Nagel of Morrison, CO, Thomas (Shirlene) Nagel, of Amarillo, TX, and William (Sarah) Nagel of LaCanada, CA; a sister, Dorothy Cox, of Madison, WI; 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 brothers, George, Arthur, Frederick and Oliver, two sister in-laws, Eileen Nagel and Joan Lane (Wilson) and two brother in-laws, Donald Lane and Hugh Cox.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial Mass will be at 10:30 AM, Friday, July 15 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Morrison with Reverend Slawomir Zimodro, officiating. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to St. Mary Catholic Church in Morrison or the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are under the care and direction of McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton. To send condolences visit