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January 08, 2015
Linda, I am so sad to hear about Steve's death. I remember the first time I drove into Canton and saw the "100th astronaut" sign - I could have never imagined that I would soon be welcomed into that very astronaut's family, if only for a few years. I was so in awe of both of you, but what I remember most was that neither of you felt or acted like the extraordinary jobs you had made you any better or different than anyone else. I still laugh about the time we came home and heard a message on the answering machine from Steve - "Well, Linda had a good space walk today..." - as if it was any day at the office. I have thought about you, Steve, and the girls often over the years, but tonight an extra prayer goes out for all of you.
December 17, 2014
I wouldn't walk across the street for an autograph of any celeb, but when I (by happenstance and too lengthy to explain) saw Steve standing on the tarmac at The El Paso, Tx airport I almost ran to shake his hand. That was shortly after the big "explosion" over Texas and I merely wanted to express my sympathy for the loss of his friends. The most cordial gentleman with his time and invited me to sit in his jet, which was near where he was addressing a group on Boy Scouts. I will always cherish the beautiful 8 X 10 autographed picture I received from him one week later. LONG LIVE THE BRAVE MEN OF HIS PROFESSION!!

Fred Wright, Wynnewood, Okla
December 08, 2014
I met Steven fleetingly at 35,000ft on a commercial flight from the USA to London around 1991. We sat next to each other and exchanged small talk and eventually slept on the flight. The next morning at breakfast he asked me what my occupation was and I told him that I worked in IT for newspapers. I then asked him the same question and he told me he was an Astronaut. Steven was on his way (if I remember correctly) to The Gambia where he was checking a Shuttle emergency landing site. He was incredibly modest about his achievements and I was enthralled by what he told me. During the conversation he asked me if I had any children and I said I had a young daughter. He asked for my address so that he could send her photographs of the Shuttle from Houston when he returned. We wrote the address on a napkin as it was the only piece of paper we could find. In time the pictures arrived, including a signed photograph of Steven. We still have them and I still recount to people "the time I met an Astronaut".
May I offer my belated condolences for someone who so unexpectedly made an impression on my life.
November 06, 2014
Linda, please accept my belated but hearfelt condolences! I've had Steve's name on a "sticky" on my desk ever since I got the gut-wrenching news of his death so y'all have been on my mind daily. Of all of the astronauts I trained in Photo/TV, two stood out with the incredible combinations of intelligence, humility, humor, & friendliness....you and Steve. When y'all got married, I knew that was a match made in heaven and what your were both destined for. I hope these past few months have brought much healing to you and the girls and that the incredible legacy Steve left in his wake will sustain and comfort you as you go about life in a manner that I know is most pleasing to Steve. Hugs from back in Texas. -Bill Bowers
October 10, 2014
So many beautiful tributes to Steve, I cannot add anything but they are all true. As you would know, there was a huge void at our recent 50th high school class reunion. I am sorry that I was unable to attend the fly-in (as I had to return to my home out of state). My husband and I would occasionally run into Steve at U of IL Engineering functions. It was always a treat to catchup with Steve. One of the Very Best, R.I.P. and God bless you all.
September 18, 2014
May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time in your lives. We all yearn for better conditions. It's refreshing to know that God's word speaks of a time when all sorrows will be gone and that mankind will live in beautiful surroundings with nothing to fear.-Isaiah 65:17,21-24.
September 12, 2014
The Howarter family sends our Sympathies to the Nagel family, I wish to express our sympathies to Steve's family at his untimely passing. I was friends with him in “Indian Guides” when we were children in Canton. My younger brother Fred was a classmate of his (he died in 2005 of high blood pressure), I was about four years older than them. In 1990, my older brother, David, copied our parents 8MM moving pictures tapes to VHS tape. Fred contacted Steve and on his request, Dave sent Steve a copy of Steve and Fred's class at the John Dean School parading in their Halloween Costumes. If you find a tape of kids in 1950's Halloween Costumes, that is Steve's class. I don't know what year that was, but the John Dean School was only First through Fourth grades. As I saw when I looked Steve up on the internet, he was always a kind, friendly, and intelligent person. I remember going to an Indian Guide camp with him, in Wisconsin (I think), and a man dressed as an Indian chief doing an Indian Dance with Steve and me (and maybe Fred). I think this was on the video also. I also remember his father Pete. Steve apparently learned well from him, Pete was always a kind, friendly and considerate person. I still remember the time Pete took everyone in our Indian Guides group for a ride in his airplane. I also remember my father taking about how Pete would fly to the Peoria airport every day, take a commercial plane to Chicago, and back again at night to be with his family while working in Chicago for a while. A verse in the Bible is commonly translated some thing like “A good man leaves a valuable inheritance for his Grandchildren.” The Nagel family seems to have followed the true meaning which is “A good man leaves a valuable legacy of honest, kindness and consideration to the following Generations.” I haven't seen Steve for many many years, but the Nagel family obviously has a great Christian Legacy. We took a tour of Cape Canaveral about 10 years ago. There was a talk, then a question and answer session afterwards by an Astronaut, I don't remember his name I asked about Steve – he said he knew him and had great respect for him. Steve is gone from this place, but he has left it a better place for me and many others...
September 11, 2014
SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS,MAY YOU ALL WALK WITH GOD....ISA.51:12....
September 06, 2014
Dear Linda, I am so very sorry to hear about Steve's passing. I will never forget Steve's amazing smile and gentle personality. I will carry with me always the many fond memories of visiting with Steve here in Idaho when you both came to visit my classroom, in Houston where he gave me the amazing tour of Ellington Field, and in Florida at your launch reception. My Prayers go out to you and your children at this very sad time in your lives. GOD Bless you all.
September 04, 2014
Linda, I am so sorry to hear about Steve's death. I loved him like family and so enjoyed his visits over the years. He was such a wonderful person and role model. He will be missed by my entire family,

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