Edward W. Pagel, 87, died July 15, 2012, in Sacramento, Calif. He was born on Feb.14, 1925, in Tama, Iowa, to Paul W. Pagel Sr. and Marion F. (Ellis) Pagel.
He was raised in Tama until enlisting in the U.S. Navy during WWII at the age of 17. He served in the Pacific Theater as an Aviation Machinist's Mate 1/c aboard a B-24 Liberator in Bombing Squadron 102 (The Reluctant Dragons) from July 1944 to May 1945. During that time, he was awarded numerous citations and medals including the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He remained in the Pacific Theater after the war and married Elfreda M. Souza in Shanghai, China on October 18, 1947. They were married for 55 years until her death on Christmas Day. 2002.
Edward was a veteran of WW II and the Korean War. He participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima and the Berlin Airlift. He was a recruiter for a short time in 1952 and from 1960 -1963. His last years of military service were on the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). Edward retired from the U.S. Navy after 21 years of service in December 1963. He then worked as a machinist for United Airlines in South San Francisco for 26 years. After retiring in July 1990, he worked several years driving vehicles for Hertz.
Edward was a member of the American Legion, Enright-Schroeder Post 73, Tama; and the Fleet Reserve Association, FRA Branch 69, Sacramento, Calif.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Elfreda, and his brother Paul W. Pagel, Jr. and sister-in-law Beulah (McFate).
He is survived by eight children: Daniel Pagel and daughter-in-law Elizabeth of Wylie, Texas; Barbara Dimopoulos and son-in-law William of Sacramento, Calif.; Audrey Mozley of Groton, Conn.; Paula Oman of Chandler, Ariz.; Andrea Friend of Ellicott City, Md.; Geraldine Pagel of San Jose, Calif.; Anne Pagel-Spaulding and son-in-law Wayne of Mesa, Ariz.; and Frederick Pagel of Sacramento, Calif. Edward also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and two brother-in-laws, Eduardo Souza and Armando Souza.
Throughout the years, Edward enjoyed attending reunions for Tama High School and Bombing Squadron 102. He never tired of telling stories about his experiences during the wars. He will be missed by his many lifelong friends and loved ones.
Interment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo, Iowa, at an unspecified date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mayo Clinic for Parkinson's research at the following website: