John T. Pagel
1959 - 2018
BORN
1959
DIED
2018
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John T. Pagel

Kewaunee - John T. Pagel, 58, of Kewaunee, Wis., passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 22, 2018. He was born on February 28, 1959, to the late Carl and Garnet (Bunda) Pagel. He was a graduate of Kewaunee High School and Madison Farm Short Course.

John profoundly touched the lives of countless people personally and professionally through his friendship, his willingness to help and his public service. He loved farming side by side with his children and beamed with pride over them and his grandchildren. In them, he saw a bright and secure future and a lasting family legacy.

John was a devoted dairy farmer and a pioneer in the dairy industry. In 1978, he took over the family farm and spent the past 40 years building Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy into the largest single family-owned dairy in Wisconsin. His vision and entrepreneurial spirit led to the creation of an on-farm cheese plant and farm-to-table restaurant, and he inspired others in the industry to try new approaches.

John was dedicated to the dairy community. He was a founder of the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, where he was serving as President. He was a member of the WI Cheese Makers Association, WI Farm Bureau Federation and was formerly on the WI Milk Marketing Board.

John also felt a deep sense of duty and commitment to his community. He served on the Kewaunee School Board and the Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors and was also a member of Peninsula Pride Farms through which he helped develop progressive conservation practices. He opened his farm to tours for schoolchildren, business groups and many others.

John's motto was "Living the Dream" and that's exactly what he did. He lived his dream with his family, friends and employees. He loved his employees and treated them just like family. He enjoyed hunting, Packer games and traveling with Julie. His smile and laugh were infectious.

John was approachable and had an everyman quality. He always spoke from the heart and was authentic. Despite his stature in the community and business world, John never stopped being the farm boy from Kewaunee County. Always remember, "Drink Milk, It Does a Body Good!"

John is survived by his soulmate, Julie Veldhuis; his children Jamie (Steve) Witcpalek, JJ (Chase) Pagel, Bryan (Ashley) Pagel and Dustin (special friend Stefani Ann Vandenelsen) Pagel; grandchildren Brooke, Braelyn and Brex Witcpalek; Kiley, Jaylyn, Jaxen and Jase Pagel; Peyton, Bryley and Brynn Pagel; Kadence Pagel and Stefani Ann's son Aiden Scott Liss; and brothers and sisters Joe Pagel, Bill (Eileen) Pagel, Linda (Allen) Baumgartner, Marcia Hayes, Mona Pagel and Suzanne (Dave) Pagel-Tlachac. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Garnet Pagel.

Visitation will be held from 3:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018, at Kewaunee High School with a prayer service at 8 p.m. led by Deacon Chuck Agnew. Visitation will continue at the high school from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1 p.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kewaunee with Monsignor Jim Dillenburg, Fr. Milton Suess and Deacon Chuck Agnew officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Casco. Online condolences may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.

In lieu of flowers, a college and future foundation fund has been established through Nicolet National Bank in Kewaunee for John's grandchildren. The family would like to extend a special thank-you to their family, friends and staff for all the caring and support they have shown during this difficult time.





Published by Green Bay Press-Gazette from Feb. 28 to Mar. 3, 2018.
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John Pagel and his entire legacy will never be forgotten. He is Kewaunee and everything it stands for. I know words don't say enough sometimes, but when you say John Pagel, Its like talking about a greek god. He has created so much with little or nothing at all. A true Icon.
Ken Banks
March 9, 2018
My prayers for the family of John Pagel during this most difficult time.
Karen
March 3, 2018
My deepest sympathy is sent to the Pagel family. I knew
Carl Pagel well and I know that he was so proud of John and all his family. May the
Good Lord ease the burden of your loss.
Sincerely,
Bill Bushner
March 3, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Janice Wallace (Pagel)
Family
March 3, 2018
My prayers for all of the family of John and Steve. I am very sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort peace and whatever you need as you walk through each moment.
Clare Millrt
March 3, 2018
Truly saddened to learn about the loss of John, a tremendous loss not only for the Pagel family but for all that knew the man. John will be sorely missed in the community he was such a large part of. Rest in peace.
Lew Hinnendael
March 2, 2018
So sorry for you loss !! John touched the hearts of so many people ! Loved by so many
Tammie & Willie Good times karaoke Albert
Friend
March 2, 2018
Condolences - John will be missed. Unable to attend - we are still in FL

Maynard & Ethel Kuehl
March 2, 2018
John was a great friend and mentor, his wiliness to share will not be forgotten.
Dave Skaggs
March 2, 2018
John had a smile and a laugh for everyone. And was a great communicator - always a joy to speak with on any subject. He was on the right track taking Kewaunee County into the future. He must be give credit for being a "mover." Now it will be up to others to be move forward with his stated missions.

Nellie P. De Baker
Nellie P. De Baker
March 2, 2018
So sorry to hear of John's tragic accident. From the Pagel's on the other side of the bay our thoughts are with you. may he rest in peace for a job well done.
Larry & Becky Pagel
Larry James Pagel
March 2, 2018
Always a smile and a warm welcome, John was the epitome of a happy soul. His warmth and friendliness will live on, and his legacy will continue with his wonderful family. Our sympathy to the entire family.
Virgil and Marilyn Schleis
March 2, 2018
Lisa LeRoy
March 1, 2018
John was definitely an icon in the dairy industry and will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Pagel family for your loss and as you continue John's legacy.
Mark Linzmeier
March 1, 2018
John held the locked padlock keys.
RIP
Finch Road
February 28, 2018
We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. We pray that God will grant you the strength. Our most sincere condolences.

Hopf Farms
Dean & Stacy Hopf
February 28, 2018
May the light of this candle shine bright and forever be seen in the night sky in remembrance of John. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family, both John's and Steve's (which are one).
Eileen Bunda
February 28, 2018
May the Pagel family always remember the good times. John certainly is a person to be remembered. I never recall a negative comment. He was so positive and loved the farming business, all be it difficult many times. One could even say John was ahead of his time. We will miss him.
Harry & Char Luedtke
February 28, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Pagel Family. I remember John fondly as a very friendly, compassionate man. His smile was so genuine and he always had a kind way about him. Prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. God Bless.
Bonnie (Dax) Gould
February 28, 2018
To John's immediate Family: John, what a memory you leave with me as I recall the Special Times we shared Giving praise to Our Lord Jesus during those Promise Keeper's Days. You lead us with your voice and guitar as well as the Joy of your heart. This happen when I was living in Door County, maybe in the 90's or early 2000. May The Spirit of the LIVING Lord ,Jesus be close to you all during this time. God be with you. Marty Tlachac
Martin Tlachac
February 28, 2018
John was such a positive energy and inspiration. His dedication to family, hard work and happy life was infectious. RIP John and peace to the family. Thank you for all you taught me.
Jeff LaViolette
February 28, 2018
Our deepest condolences to the families of John and Steve, a true loss for all of those who knew these gentlemen. May their souls rest in peace and be held closely by their loved ones.
Michael & Janice Thomas
February 28, 2018
I did not know John personally, but know of what he had accomplished in his short life span. Prayers and condolences to friends, family and all who knew you.
Elizabeth Frost
February 28, 2018
John was an amazing man. I
respected him greatly. Truly
going to be missed.

Jerry Lippert
February 28, 2018
My deepest sympathies to the whole Pagel family. Johnny has rented our land for many years and even tho we may have disagreed on things , we always came out as friends. I absolutely loved hearing his laugh. The last time we talked he was telling me about his grandchildren and he was just beaming with pride over them. He truly was a family man!!!!
Ronney and I will miss you so much Johnny, until we meet again....
Sandee Dhuey
February 28, 2018
My sympathy to the family and friends of John and Steve. May the love of both family and friends help you through this grief.
Marla and Dale Bernhardt
February 27, 2018
We are so sorry for your lost. Our prayers are with all the families.
Thomas Miller
Acquaintance
February 27, 2018
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