Richard C. Pagel, age 67, of Winona, died Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at his home.

Richard Charles was born February 23, 1940, in Winona to Frank and Elayne (Wilbright) Pagel. He married Sharon Phillips and they had three children: Rhonda, Tony and Steven. They later divorced. On April 15, 1982, he married Ardel Albrecht Torgeson. Rich was a lifelong area resident. He worked with Bankers Life and Casualty Insurance for many years and more recently was a self-employed contractor for 30 years. He was known by many area merchants: HyVee, Midtown, Fleet Farm, Menards, K-Mart and Wal-Mart and the workers all knew him. He enjoyed motorcycling, gardening, watching and feeding the birds and he loved to cook. As Rich always said when he left you, "Thanks for putting up with me."

He is survived by his wife, Ardel of Winona; three children: Rhonda (Steven) Scharmer, Minnesota City; Tony (Tammy) Pagel, Winona; and Steven (Cindi Steinfeldt) Pagel, Winona; four grandchildren: Crystal, Shane, CheyAnne, and Ashley Pagel; three great-grandchildren: Troy and Miranda Pagel and Aaron Kutchara; three stepchildren: Tammy (Bob) Bigelow, Winona; Lisa (Joe) Jacobson, Winona; and Tina (Brian) Hjelmeland, Stockton, MN; 10 stepgrandchildren: Michael Bigelow; Travis, Ryan, Joshua, Brandon, Joseph, and Dylan Jacobson; Megan, Samantha and Kaitlyn Hjelmeland; one brother, Wayne (Jo Ann) Pagel, Minnesota City; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Also survived by special friends: Charles and Judy Prather, Winona; Chuck and Betty Cordes, Winona; Kathy Peterson, Wilson, MN; Michael Busch, Winona; Curt and Tammy Glenna, Minnesota City and Ann Lodovissie, Winona; special aunt, Auntie Belva Briska, Idaho; and special puppy, Ginger. He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepgrandson, Joseph Michael Jacobson Jr.

Funeral services to remember Rich will be 9:00 AM, Monday, January 7, 2008, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona. Interment will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Winona, MN. Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 PM, Sunday, January 6, 2008, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona. Casket bearers will be Bob Bigelow, Brian Hjelmeland, Joe Jacobson, Tony Pagel, Steven Scharmer and Michael Bigelow.

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