Harold Nagel was devoted to his family and to his faith, his daughter said.
He always carried a rosary in his pocket, and when the family went on vacation, the first thing he would do was locate the nearest Catholic church and determine the Mass schedule, said his daughter, Betty Ann Pierce.
“He was a devout Catholic,” she said. “If he missed Mass, it was a rare occurrence.”
Harold Nagel, 86, of Portage, died Jan. 11. He worked more than 30 years for Inland Steel. He was a member of American Legion Post 369 and a member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Highland. He was an Army veteran.
He is survived by Elizabeth Nagel, his wife of 63 years.
“You couldn’t help but like him,” his wife said. “He was a wonderful husband. He was a jewel.”
He was proud of his two grandsons and all of their achievements, his wife said.
Pierce said her father never knew a stranger, and would talk with people he met in the store as if they were old friends.
He loved cars, and was meticulous in making sure his were always well maintained and polished. During his younger years, he worked part time as a car salesman, she said.
“You name it, and at one time, he had it,” she said.
Nagel had a strong work ethic, and rarely missed a day of work, she said.
“I can count on one hand the number of days he missed work. If he called off sick, he was really sick,” she said. “Being reliable and dependable was important to him.”