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Howard L. Nagle


Howard L. Nagle, beloved husband of Georgia Pumfery Nagle, went to be with the Lord on May 10, 2013 at Rolling Green Retirement Village in Greenville, South Carolina. He formerly lived in St. Joseph, Michigan. He was 96.

Born on September 4, 1916, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Howard was the son of Carolina and Sydney Nagle. His entire life was spent in southwestern Michigan before moving to S.C. in 2001.

Howard was a graduate of the Benton Harbor High School. From 1934-1943, he was in management for New Products Corporation in Benton Harbor. He graduated from Purdue University Life Insurance Institute and worked as a life insurance agent for American United Life Insurance Company of Indianapolis, Indiana for 50 years. He was a Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table and a Life Underwriter.

Howard was a past president and Life Member of the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary Club. He had perfect attendance in Rotary for 30 years between 1961 and 1991, receiving an award for that honor. He was a Paul Harris Foundation member.

Howard was a member of the YMCA for 50 years, serving two terms on the Board of Directors. During those years, he enjoyed playing racquetball twice a week for 50 years until age 85 when he moved to Greenville, S.C. He also volunteered for the American Literacy Association.

Howard spent several years as Executive Director of the Berrien County Council of Churches. He served his Lord as lay pastor in the Twin Cities area for many years. He served as pastor for the Covert Congregational Church in Covert, Michigan, for seven years and Twelve Corners Community Church in Benton Harbor for 18 years. He was a member of the Benton Harbor Peace Temple UMC where his family attended, serving on numerous committees, teaching Sunday School, and being active in Methodist Men.

More recently, he and his wife joined the Roper Mountain Baptist Church in Greenville. He enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, oil painting, discussing politics and religion, and sharing the Gospel.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 64 years, Jeanne Tauner Nagle, four brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are his second wife of 10 years, Georgia Pumfery Nagle; one son, Bruce K. Nagle (Carla) of Janesville, WI; one daughter, Connie Nagle Bachert (Frederick) of Greenville, S.C.; six grandchildren, Kristina Bachert, Eric Bachert (Heather), Scott Nagle (Jean), Trevor Nagle, Audrey Nagle Ewig (Eric), and Kyle Nagle (Ann); 10 great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, Sharon Pumfery Rush (Jerry) of Coloma, MI; Jan Pumfery Arnold of Plainfield, IN; Daniel Pumfery (Ronee) of New Buffalo, MI; Kim Pumfery of St. Joseph, MI; nine step-grandchildren and twelve step-great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Rolling Green Retirement Village in Greenville, SC. The family will receive friends following the service. The Rev. Ron Lewis will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roper Mountain Baptist Church at 300 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC 29615 or to the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary Foundation, PO Box 335, St. Joseph, MI 49085.


Published in The Greenville News on May 14, 2013
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