ROBERT AUGUST NAGEL | DEC. 13, 1923 — MARCH 10, 2013

Former Griffith man loved fun, family, friends

2013-03-24T00:00:00Z Former Griffith man loved fun, family, friendsCHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Robert Nagel loved nothing better in life than having fun — as long as he was sharing it with his family and friends.

"He was a really fun loving guy," said his daughter, Karen Gribble.

He had many relatives and friends in Griffith, she said, noting that frequent visits took place at either his house or theirs.

Robert August "Bob" Nagel, 89, of Monticello, formerly of Griffith, died March 10.

How much fun was he?

"My dad taught us how to jitterbug," Gribble said.

Nagel also played in a band in the 1940s and specialized in the Hawaiian guitar. He loved playing music and listening to it, Gribble said.

"He never met a stranger," said his daughter, Gayle Rogers.

He loved and talked to everybody and anybody, she said, adding that he would have given the shirt off his back even if it was his only one.

His two sons, Craig and Glenn Nagel, recalled how he loved baseball and coached all of their Little League teams.

Craig said his father even coached their semi-pro team in the Sullivan League.

During those years, many friendships were made that still exist, he said. Nagel went to every event that any of his children had, the brothers said.

Gribble said her father was an extrovert and that her late mother, Elaine, was on the quiet side.

"But he still managed to teach her how to dance," she said with a laugh.

"He just loved being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren," Gribble said.

Of course, he taught them the jitterbug. He also sung "crazy songs" to them and took great interest in their lives.

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