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Ralph C. Nagel

April 24, 1935 ~ November 9, 2021 (age 86)


Ralph C. Nagel, age 86 of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Henry County Hospital in Napoleon, Ohio.   
He was born on April 24, 1935 to the late Alvin and Emilie (Otte) Nagel in Defiance, Ohio. Ralph was a 1953 graduate of Jewell High School. On February 19, 1955 he married Doris (Kruse) Nagel who preceded him in death on August 25, 2010. 

Ralph was a faithful, life-long member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. He took great pride in his work as a farmer, and he also worked for Jacob's Meats in Defiance for over 50 years. Ralph was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family and many good friends.
Ralph's greatest love was his family. He is survived by his children; Barb (Jim) Wagner, Chet (Kathi) Nagel, Jim Nagel, Rich (Mary Alice) Nagel, Janet (Steve) Zipfel, and Sue (Kraig) Beilharz. He also leaves behind twenty grandchildren; Amy (Gary) Wells, Ryan Bishop, Brett Bishop, Andy (Sarah) Nagel, Haley Fryman, Chad (Andrea) Nagel, Sarah (Lucas) Durham, Kimberly (Jason) Gerken, Misty Henry, Jeremiah (Brandi) Nagel, Amber (Lorenso) Delgado, Corey (Brooke) Nagel, Kacee (Eric) Weber, Cody (Savannah) Nagel, Brandy (Brandon) Rhodes, Kate (Alex) Batt, Alison Zipfel, Ashley (Graham) Wagner, and Zach (Kaleigh) Beilharz, and thirty-five great-grandchildren. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Doris, his granddaughter, Jennifer Nagel, his brother Leo Nagel, and his sister, Lillian Nagel.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021 from 2-8 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. Due to CDC guidelines, if you are not fully vaccinated, a mask is required to enter the funeral home, and our lounge area will remain closed. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, with an additional hour of visitation before the service at the church from 10-11 am. Deacon Amanda Carpenter will officiate. Burial will follow the service at St. Mark's Lutheran Cemetery. 
Memorials are suggested to the church. Online condolences can be given at

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November 12, 2021

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Funeral Service
November 13, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Mark's Lutheran
2595- Nagel Rd.
Defiance, OH

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