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Dennis Pagels

Iowa City

Dennis D. Pagels, 72, of Iowa City, passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at The Bird House – Hospice Home of Johnson County in Iowa City.
He was born Feb. 15, 1944, the son of John and Gladys Pagels of rural Charles City. Denny had worked for IBM Corp. and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
He retired after 23 years with the U.S. Army / Army Reserve and 22 years with Siemens Medical.
Denny attended Mason City Junior College (NIACC), the University of Iowa and the Academy of Health Sciences, with majors in electronics technology, computer science and nursing. He both attended and taught numerous vocational courses in all of his endeavors.
Denny had been involved with Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years and was past Scoutmaster of Troop 235 in Riverside, Iowa, receiving the National Scoutmaster Award of Merit. He was active in the American Legion Honor Guard, an officer, and SAL at Post 537 in Oxford. He enjoyed archeology and genealogical research and collecting and restoring McCormick Deering / International Harvester farm equipment. He was an accomplished woodworker.
After retirement he returned to Iowa City and volunteered at the VA Medical Center and Mercy Iowa City.
Denny was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, and the mother of his children, Karen (Albright) Pagels.
He is succeeded by his loving wife, Maureen (Hall) Pagels; a daughter, Mrs. Deena (Kevin) Nelson of Cedar Rapids; son, Tom Pagels of West Branch; and four grandchildren, Connie and Brandon Nelson and Trevor and John Pagels.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Gay & Ciha Chapel in Oxford, with burial and military honors to follow at 11:30 a.m. at Oxford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make a (tax deductible) donation to The Bird House – Hospice Home of Johnson County.