PAGEL, ERWIN HERMANN, JR. - age 91, of Farragut, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013. Erwin grew up in southern California, loved the ocean, and was an accomplished surfer. Always handy with a tool, he put this talent to good use in designing and building his own surfboards and in repairing and rebuilding cars. When WWII called, Erwin served in the Asia-Pacific Theater as a member of the 11th Field Artillery Battalion, earning the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars. During the war, he corresponded with a girl he'd not met. At war's end, he returned home and travelled from California to Virginia to ask for her hand. They were married on September 4, 1948, in Abingdon, Virginia, and remained lifelong partners until her passing last year. Erwin was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Helen Haga Pagel; son, Randall Erwin Pagel; and parents, Erwin Hermann Pagel, Sr., and Evelyn Pauline Morisset Pagel Flynn. He is survived by his children, Melody Lynn Pagel Elliott and husband, M. Bruce Elliott, of Springfield, Virginia, Billie Gwynn Pagel of Woodland, California, Bradley Steven Pagel of Knoxville; grandchildren, Aaron Elliott, D. Ross Elliott, Dustin Pagel, Jason Rainwater and Samantha Curl; sister, Patricia Foster of Tucson, Arizona; sisters-in-law, Elva Vaughan, Billie Galloway, and Agnes Roberts; brothers-in-law, Walt Foster, Sr., and David Roberts; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, followed by a celebration of life at 2:00 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Family and friends will gather at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at East TN State Veterans' Cemetery, 2200 E. Gov. John Sevier Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37920. Full military honors will be conferred by East TN State Veterans Honor Guard. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Pagel family. www.clickfh.com
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on March 7, 2013