A Christian funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at St. John Lutheran Church in Almond, with the Rev. Brian Roehrborn officiating. Burial will be in the spring at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and again from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service.
A memorial will be established in his name for St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Almond Volunteer Fire Department.
Hardell-Holly Funeral Home in Almond is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.hollyfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Pagel was born Aug. 12, 1929, in the town of Almond, a son of the late Arthur J. and Alma (Bassler) Pagel. He graduated from Almond High School.
He was married to Emily Hutkowski Dec. 1, 1951, in Plover.
He worked on the family farm and later formed Pagel Brothers with his brother Merle. They purchased land and some machines to help in the construction business.
In 1958, Pagel Brothers merged with Pagel Construction owned by their father to form Pagel Construction Company Inc.
Ken, along with his father and two brothers, Merle and Lyle, operated Pagel Construction Co. Inc. until 1988 when his brothers retired and he purchased the company from them.
He was an active member of the Almond Fire Department for 47 years. He was also a member of the Tri-County Thresherman’s Association, Wisconsin Earth Movers Association, Wisconsin Road Builders Association, Almond Rod & Gun Club, Almond-Bancroft School Board, Historical Cat Collectors Association, director of the Portage County Bank and a lifetime member of St. John Lutheran Church, serving as president and in other offices.
Survivors include his wife, Emily, Almond; two sons, Dennis (Cindy) and Alan (Mickie), both of Almond; one daughter, Cathy Zanto, Wautoma; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer (Joe) Jakubek, Shelly (Nate) Somers, Jordan Pagel, Tyler Warner, Brian (Lisa) Warner, Brandon (Lynzi) Warner, Alan James Pagel II, Kevin (Hannah Case) Pagel, Jaclyn Zanto, and Steven Zanto; and three great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Karen Warner; and two brothers, Lyle and Merle.