December 14th, 1947 - March 2nd, 2019
Ralph William Pagel II, age 71 of Hamilton, passed away at his residence on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Ralph was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 14, 1947 to Dr. Ralph William Pagel and Dorathy (Grippo) Pagel. Ralph was a United States Navy Veteran, serving from 1968-1972, during the Vietnam War as a Seabee. Ralph started his career at Grippo Potato Chip Company at the age of 14. After Ralph returned from the Navy, he went to college and graduated with a business degree. Upon graduation he became plant manager of Grippo’s in 1975. In 1982, upon the death of his mother, he became President of the company. He was active in the company until his death. On June 5, 1976, he married Phyllis Baird. Ralph was an active member of the Butler County Sportsman’s Club; he was an avid golfer, a Cincinnati Reds fan, and enjoyed working on his antique truck. Ralph loved the beach and especially loved Dauphin Island, AL. He was active in his grandchildren’s lives and loved watching them in all of their activities, rarely missing a performance or game.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Phyllis Pagel; two daughters, Angela (Gregory) Clanton and Teri (Joshua) Baker; five grandchildren, Erin, Bradley, Krista, Johnathan, and Elizabeth; two siblings, Dorathy (Edgar) Saylor and James Pagel; one brother in law, Harold Schreiber, and many other family and friends. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Nancy Schreiber; one sister and brother in law, Linda (James) Foster; and one sister in law, Elizabeth Pagel.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home, 1350 Millville Ave, Hamilton, Ohio, until time of service at 12noon. Burial with military honors will follow at Venice Cemetery in Ross, Ohio. Memorial contributions can be made to The Seabee Museum and Memorial Park, 21 Lafrate Way, North Kingstown, Rhode Island 02852.
|Ralph was a wonderful person who will be missed. He loved his family, Grippo’s and his extended Grippo’s family. I always admired him because he treated everyone with respect and there wasn’t a job that he wouldn’t do, he drove the trucks, made deliveries, worked in the plant and front office. He had a special relationship with Jim Scott from WLW who ended up being Grippo’s best spokesman because Ralph never wanted to be in the spotlight. I called on Ralph for a number of years and couldn’t get past the receptionist until one day I asked for her to tell Ralph that I had a folded Grippo potato chip bag in my back pocket for good luck. He came out and laughed and we ended up doing business for years. He was always very loyal, fair and most importantly had the highest business ethics. The world needs more Ralph Pagle’s!!! My prayers are with his family. Brad|
|Teri: So sorry for your loss. Be proud of a good man. Don and everyone at Pretzels Inc.|
|Condolences to the family. I went to school with Jimmy years ago. So sorry for your loss, Jimmy. Hope Jimmy sees this.|
Karen Wolff Klaine
|Dear Pagel family, We have never met but I would like to send my condolences to all of you for the passing of your loved one. My name is Karen Klaine and I live in Cincinnati (Wyoming) Ohio. We have a direct relative in common from a long time ago - Adolph Liebelt, father of Mayme, Eleanor and Elizabeth. I would truly like to meet you at some point, if you are willing, to share and learn about our heritage and families. Adolph was my great grandfather. Ralph and I were only a year apart, so Adolph was his great grandfather also. I thank you so much for your consideration and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Thank you, Karen Klaine|
Keith & Pam Singleton
|Teri and Family, Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss and remembrance.|
|Dorothy, Jimmy, Phyllis and Teri: I wanted to express my deep condolences in the passing of Ralph. I have such wonderful memories of him being involved with our Grippo Distribution he and Mrs. Pagel helped my late husband Allan and I start. His dry sense of humor was something I enjoyed immensely. He always took such good care of making sure things went correctly for us. All the hours we talked while unloading our Grippo semi gave such insight into his military time and his deep love for his family. I hope you can find some peace of mind and heart in celebrating his wonderful life and knowing how deeply he loved his family. Kris Proctor|
|You were a wonderful boss and was missed the day you left . Rest in Peace Ralph|
|I offer my deepest condolences to Dorothy,Jimmy,Phillis and Ralph’s Children!....He will be missed by many!|