Walter Gebhard Nagel

Tawas City, Michigan
October 26, 1934 - January 2, 2021


Wednesday, January 6, 2021
12 O'clock Noon until the time of service.

Service Location

Holy Family Catholic Church


Wednesday, January 6, 2021
1:00 PM

Obituary Notice

Walter Gebhard Nagel, age 86 years, passed away in his home in Tawas City, Michigan after a courageous battle with cancer January 2, 2021. Walt was born the son of Walter and Leonie Nagel on October 26, 1934 in Flint, Michigan.
Walt is survived by his loving wife, Jan, of 64 years; his faithful canine companion, Barney; children, Julia (Gary) MacDonald of Charlotte; Wally Nagel of Owosso, and Ted Nagel of Illinois; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; numerous extended family and friends all who will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Leonie (Schneider) Nagel.
Walt was a Notre Dame Graduate and served his country enlisting in the United States ARMY, and then worked for more than 30 years for General Motors. After his retirement, Walt and Jan moved north to Tawas City where they enjoyed having get togethers with their neighbors and watching Notre Dame football. Walt loved to hunt, fish and golf.
Visitation for Walt will take place on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 416 Lincoln Street, East Tawas, Michigan. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 1:00 PM. The family will welcome friends from 12 O’clock Noon until the time of service. Interment will take place Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Tyrone Cemetery in Fenton, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society in memory of Walt. A special thank you to his wonderful neighbors that helped out so much, it will never be forgotten. Online condolences may be offered at


American Cancer Society


Tyrone Cemetery ~ Fenton, Michigan


My deepest sympathies to the family. Walt and I worked together at GM for many years. Walt always was a kind soul. Always remember his cigar and his tie askew. :)
Have wonderful memories of all the times with the maintenance guys-boating weekends, parties, and Jan showing me how to make her wonderful cherry pie! So very sorry for your loss. Hugs to the family.
— Cindy Kleiman
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
— Jimmy & Sherri
So very sorry to see that Walt has passed away! He will be missed by family and friends. Sympathy to dear Jan and all the family!
— Linda Dana
Our hearts are deeply saddened by Walt’s passing. He was a warm and compassionate man especially when it came to his family and Barney. We will missed him.
— Mark and Diane Erickson
Sorry Ted for your lose.
— Brad and Enza Testa
R.I.P. Walt. I will miss you stopping by on your golf cart to discuss the state of the Red Wings!
— Bob Wilson
We are so sorry to hear of Walt's passing. We have many fond memories of times spent with him and feel blessed to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jan and all of the family. R.I.P. Walt.
— Bill and Delores Koski
My very deepest sympathies. May God hold you in the palm of his hand at this very sad time.
Love, Coco
— Colette Mathewson
So sorry for the Nagel family loss. Always enjoyed Walt's visits and our conversations while our dogs would run and play together. He cherished his family and his Golden Retrievers Rusty, Irish, and Barney. Sure going to miss seeing you on that golf cart big guy.
— Richard Hill
Have wonderful and fond memories, working with Walt in Lansing. What a wonderful guy. Always thought about him.
May God comfort the family now.
— Bill Behm
Dear Jan, Julie, Wally and Ted,
I am so very sorry to read of Walt's passing. Please know that you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I am certain that Walt has reconnected with my parents and have shared a few! With Love Betsy Dieterich-Turner
— Betsy Dieterich-Turner
Jan & family , Carol & I just heard are so saddened to hear of Walt's passing. As next door neighbors in Williamsport we got to know your family very well. Martha & Chip , and us , will never forget when Santa (Walt ) visited us. He made a BIG impression on our kids !

Jan , our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Carol & Mike Grimes
— michael l grimes

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