Bernard C. Pagels, Sr.
Bernard C. Pagels, Sr., 76, of West Allis passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007 at his home.
He was born June 23, 1931 in West Milwaukee, the son of the late Albert and Edna (Erickson) Pagels, and graduated from West Milwaukee High School in 1949.
On Jan. 30, 1954 Bernie married Marion Marcec, who was his devoted wife and best friend for 53 years.
When Bernie was struck with rheumatoid arthritis at age 55, Marion was always near, ready to help with care and compassion.
Bernie’s career as a journeyman machinist, working at the former manufacturing icon, Allis-Chalmers, spanned 37 years, from 1949 until 1986. He was a devoted member of Local 248 and made many friends at Allis-Chalmers over the years.
Both Albert, his father, and Bernhardt, his grandfather, had also worked at Allis-Chalmers.
Bernie was a lifelong member of both the West Allis Kennel Club and the Waukesha Gun Club. At the West Allis Kennel Club Bernie assisted with field trials, and also participated in them. Training his Labradors for hunting was a lifelong hobby.
Bernie began shooting trap in 1967. He began shooting at the Big Muskego Gun Club, and became a member of the Waukesha Gun Club in 1980.
Bernie’s best year was when he averaged 24.4 out of 25 targets for over 1,600 registered targets. He enjoyed the camaraderie of the clubhouse, and offering advice to younger trap shooters who wanted to better their scores.
Bernie’s passion was hunting, and he also enjoyed fishing throughout his life. For over 40 years, he traveled annually to Saskatchewan, Canada to hunt ducks and geese on land owned by good friends, Louie and Olga Matkowsky.
He also enjoyed hunting at the Horicon Marsh, as well as pheasant hunting in Iowa, duck hunting in Maine and the Yucatan Peninsula, and dove hunting in Argentina.
Bernie also enjoyed walleye fishing in the English River in Canada and Lake Winnebago.
Bernie’s best friends were truly lifelong friends from his high school days at West Milwaukee, and his hunting and fishing buddies.
A very special note of gratitude goes to John Kolinski, Jerry Miller, Clifford James, Bob Merz, Jim Kern, Harold Block, Ed Gentz, George Prochaska, Bob Voell, Armin Lebecki and Bob Schmitz for their devoted friendship with Bernie.
Especially when Bernie was no longer physically able to hunt or fish with them due to the ravages of arthritis, they kept in touch with a phone call or stopped by for a visit, which meant the world to Bernie.
Bernie was not only a kind man to everyone he met, but a pillar of strength in his family. Everyone whose lives he touched will truly miss and never forget him.
Bernie is survived by his wife, Marion; two children, Jill (Glen) Ragner and Bernie (Terry) Pagels; and grandchildren, Kristopher Ragner, Eric Pagels and Bernie Pagels; and other nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce, and his beloved grandson, Ryan Pagels.
Private services are being held.
The Schramka Funeral Home, Milwaukee, is serving the family, 414-464-4040.