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James Nagel

October 15, 1951 April 16, 2018
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James “Jim” Nagel was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in Affton, Missouri where he was a member of the Boy Scouts, childhood friend with John Goodman, participated in the marching band at Affton High School and graduated in 1969.

He went on to Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO, where he became a member of the Golden Eagles Marching Band and performed with the band at the 1971 Super Bowl in Miami, FL. He graduated in 1973 with a social studies teaching degree and moved home to St. Louis to begin his career.

He was hired by the Mehlville School District to teach 7th and 8th grade social studies at Margaret Buerkle Junior High School. When an opening a Mehlville High School became available, he jumped at the chance, and not only taught hundreds of kids there, but also established the largest student activities program (Student Council) in the country and coordinated appearance of David Copperfield, Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger), and Ozzie Smith to showcase positive role models.

In 1985, Jim left teaching to begin a new adventure in Association Management. His first stop was the Missouri Association of Homes for the Aging, followed by the American Soybean Association where he was the 1997 ASAE Recruiter of the Year, then the Equipment Dealers’ Foundation, a brief stint working at Bender Graphics, and finally Optimist International.

On December 27, 1997, his life was forever changed for the better when he married the love of his life, Bonnie. They spent 21 years traveling all over to places such as Captiva, Las Vegas, Napa, England and Ireland this past fall, and especially their favorite places, New Orleans and Bonnie’s hometown of Brewster, MN.

Throughout his life, Jim was passionate about magic. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and was elected International President from 1992 to 1993. He met incredible friends and traveled the world.

Jim was an avid Disney lover, taking his daughters, Sarah and Courtney, to DisneyWorld multiple times and was a voracious reader throughout his life with a vast home library, mostly filled with history, biography, and magic. Music was another constant in his life. He spent his last few years enjoying his retirement by spending time with family.

Jim passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018, at his home in Ballwin, Missouri.

Survivors include his wife Bonnie (McCarvel) Nagel, daughters Sarah (Brian) Guilfoyle and Courtney Nagel; grandsons, Cole and Luke Guilfoyle; brother Tom (Nancy) Nagel; brothers-in-law Mike (Bev) McCarvel, Tom McCarvel and Ron (Julie) McCarvel, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Benson Funeral Home on Saturday, June 23 from 9-10 a.m., with a short program at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Brewster, MN.

Donations preferred to Hydrocephalus Association, www.hydroassoc.org.

Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

23

Jun

9:00 AM 6/23/2018 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 6/23/2018 10:00:00 AM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Saturday

23

Jun

9:30 AM 6/23/2018 9:30:00 AM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Short program at 9:30am

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Sacred Heart Cemetery Final Resting Place

Frontier Rd
Brewster, MN 56119

Frontier Rd Brewster 56119 MN
United States
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