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Mr. Herman Joseph Nagel
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    3401 East Douglas
    Des Moines, IA 50317

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“My deepest sympathy to Joy, Tim, Mark, Denise, and David. I always looked up to Uncle Herman. He was a gifted man. I will always remember his...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Tom Deis - Bismarck, ND


2 of 15 | Posted by: Tom Deis - Bismarck, ND

“You were always so kind to me and made me feel like family. I will never forget your infectious smile. You always took care of your family with love....Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Anthony Moore - Ankeny, IA

“I loved Uncle Herb and loved his visit to the farm. Great cook, enjoyed ice cream and peaches he would bring to us and loved his big hugs and kisses...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Nagel - Bismarck, ND

“I am very privileged to have benefitted from Herman's fair and knowledgeable approach to quality problems at John Deere Des Moines Works. I respect...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Tom Kitchen - Kissee Mills, MO

“I have many fond memories of Herman and his family in my work in Catholic pastoral services at the Trinity Center in Des Moines. Herman was very...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Denniis Roupe - Ankeny

“Mark Nagel and family so sorry to hear of your father passing may God bless you and your family during your time of need my though and prayers are...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Sharlene Staskal - Baldwin, IA

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: sherry and Steven porter - IA

“What a guy, always willing to help and a dear friend for over 57 years. You will be missed by your family and our prayers go out to them and to Joy. ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Ruth Lakers - Des Moines, IA

“I am sorry for your loss. Getting to know Herman years ago as a colleague at John Deere, I found him to be kind and compassionate, intelligent, hard...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Jon Ware - Johnston, IA

“To all the Nagels, I am so sorry for your loss. Now he and my Dad are telling jokes in heaven. I am not sure if you four remember, but I used to...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Janice Edmondson - Altoona, IA

“I have never met Herman, but have been a co-worker of his son, Tim, for 20 years and just from knowing Tim, I know Mr. Nagel must have been a great...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Clark Besch - Lincoln, NE

“So sorry for your loss. Herman was a great guy and will be missed by my family too. My kids considered him their grandpa and he always accepted us as...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Fay Sullivan - Family Friend

“So sorry for your loss. It's been a long battle for Herman and now he is at peace. Our thoughts and prayers Are with all of you. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Kila Wilcox - Huxley, IA - Family

“So sorry for your loss, Herman will be remembered as a kind and jovial man, he will be missed. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Rich and Sheen Deis - Bismarck, ND


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Herman J. Nagel, 80, of Ankeny went to be with his Lord September 3, 2017, with his loving family by his side.
A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 8, 2017 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held 5 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7th, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., and Rosary to follow, also at the church.
Herman was born December 30, 1936 in Linton, North Dakota. He graduated from High School there, and went on to play college football and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from North Dakota Agricultural College.
He moved to Ankeny and took a job with John Deere. He met Carolyn Joy Carter, and they were married October 28, 1961. They made their home in Ankeny, and raised four children. After working for over 33 years at john Deere, Herman proudly retired in 1992 as a Senior Quality Engineer.
Herman was a member of The Knights of Columbus, and in his free time, enjoyed dancing and gardening. He had a servant's heart, and he and Joy were very dedicated to their church and their loving family.
Herman is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joy; 4 children, Tim (Monica), Mark (Sheila), Denise (Derk) Twedt, and David (Debra); 12 grandchildren, Holly, Victoria, Tiffany, Zachary, Marissa, Hunter, Taylor, Carter, Renee, Shania, Anthony, and Raelyn; 1 great-granddaughter, Emilee; brothers, Pius (Bernie), Johnny (Luella), Rochus (Addie), and Edwin (Delores); a sister, Johanna Horner, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Max and Mary, and 2 sisters, Cecilia Deis and Floradina White.
Memorials may be directed to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, Taylor House Hospice, or to Parkinson's foundation.