Douglas Raymond Pagel


Douglas Raymond Pagel, 77, formerly of Gonzales, died of a massive heart attack on Thursday, October 14, 2021.  He was born on January 23, 1944 to Otto and Emily Darilek Pagel in Hallettsville.  Douglas was the most wonderful husband, father, grandfather and person that anyone met.  He was a rancher from age 16 until he died.  Douglas served in the Peace Corp in Iran and the Army National Guard.  He was a successful self-employed entrepreneur.  

Douglas is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty Jo Blackwell Pagel; sons, Mike Pagel (Tanya) of San Antonio, Gary Pagel (Alice) of Pasadena, and David Pagel (Kim) of Victoria; daughter, Dotty DiSanto (Mike) of Victoria; grandchildren, Haley Mabry (Jared), Warner Pagel, Elizabeth DiSanto, Michael DiSanto, Matthew Pagel, Brady Pagel, Brett Pagel, and Riley Pagel; great-granddaughters, Allie, Chloe, Kilee, Tayler, and Waverly; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles David Pagel and Kermit Lee Pagel; and his in-laws, Claude and Dorothy Frels Blackwell.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 5-7 pm at Freund Funeral Home in Cuero.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 2 pm, at Freund Funeral Home with Father Dalton Ervin officiating.  Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero.

Pallbearers include Michael DiSanto, Brady Pagel, Dakota Blackwell, Kyle Powers, Joe Vela, Everett Rangnow, Darryl Baker, and Benji Siegel.

Honorary pallbearers include Finley Blackwell, John R. Blackwell, Tucker Blackwell, Chad Robbottom, Lee Pagel, Jess Nyegaard, and Jared Mabry.

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