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Darrell E. Pagenkopf

Darrell E. Pagenkopf

May 17, 2020

Darrell E. Pagenkopf, 70, passed away surrounded by the love of his family (he was finally relieved on his earthy pain and sufferings)at home on May 17, 2020, after a lifelong battle with multiple medical conditions with his family at his side.

 

He was born January 10, 1950, in Chippewa Falls, the son of Ervan and Leona (Waterhouse) Pagenkopf. 

 

On September 27, 1975, Darrell married Therese (Koehler) at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Bloomer. Throughout all of Darrell's medical challenges, his wife was by his side, caring and praying for him. He kept his faith without all his challenges, praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy daily and watching mass from home.

 

Darrell attended Bloomer Schools from elementary through high school graduating in 1969. After graduation, he went to work for the Bloomer School District in maintenance. After 20 years of service, he entered into early retirement due to his medical conditions. No matter what medical challenges he faced, he always pushed himself to adapt to his increasing disabilities until the end.

 

Darrell loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. As he became increasingly disabled, he had to give these up, but passed his love for them unto his family. He also missed his pigeons and animals he had to give up. He passed on his love of pigeons to his grandsons. 

 

His workshop was his retreat where every weekday morning he would entertain his friends. He went from making large projects to smaller ones. He taught his grandsons his skills and eventually he became the supervisor. Many people have enjoyed sitting in his Adirondack chairs. His signs and flowers can be found in people's yards. Many birds call his houses home. He enjoyed going to swap meets to sell his wooden treasures.

 

Darrell is survived by his wife Therese; their children, Eric (Jennifer), and Janel (Zech) Gotham, both of New Auburn; four grandchildren, Connor & Grace Pagenkopf, and Caleb & Andrew Gotham; sisters, Elaine (John) Lauer and Arlette (Mike McCrackin) DeShane. Also by in-laws, Mike, Pat, Peter (Jackie) Koehler, and Carol (Randy) Seidling.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; and in-laws Howard and Bernadette (Bunnie) Koehler. 
 

"I have completed well; I have kept the faith; I have finished the race." 

2 Timothy 4:7


A PRIVATE Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 1, 2020, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer with Father Victor Feltes celebrating the mass. ***This service will be live streamed on the Thompson Funeral Home Facebook page***  Burial will be held at St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery, Bloomer.   PUBLIC visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer. Please note, funeral home capacity will be limited and social distancing measures (with temperature checks at entry) will be in effect.

Visitation

PUBLIC visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer. Please note, funeral home capacity will be limited and social distancing, with temperature checks at entry, will be in effect.

Service

PRIVATE Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 1, 2020, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer. ***This service will be live streamed on the Thompson Funeral Home Facebook page***

Florist Information

Memorials are preferred to Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America at www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org or St. Paul’s Catholic Parish debt retirement fund

Condolences

  • Joseph Sekelsky I remember Darrell as a friendly and helpful person from the years we worked together at the Bloomer Junior High. I will remember him and his family in my prayers.

    May 31 at 9:09am

  • RoxAnn Nadeau Therese and family,
    I'm sad to here of your lose, I too know of this kind of loss. Darrell and I were in school together and graduated from High School with the class of '69. I had a long standing friendship with him. He has been on my mind the last few weeks, now I understand why. Therese you were a great wife and we're always his aid and comfort. I glad to here he kept his faith, "W with God all things are possible". You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Roxie

    May 29 at 1:44am

  • Dan and Sandy O'Connell Darrell was my cousin and our Folks visited back and forth in our early years when we were kids. Theresa, may you have the strength to endure this grief and know that Darrell is in the Lord's arms forever. God Bless You and your Family.

    May 28 at 5:26pm

  • John Wetzel Sorry to hear of Darrel's passing. I worked at the school when Darrel was there. He made me several pieces of board for my projects. I enjoyed our visits while he was there and when he stopped in to visit.

    May 27 at 8:21PM

  • Thomas Kearns So sorry for your loss...we know how hard these times can be..
    Theresa you were a good woman and the best wife anyone could have....
    myself and my Mom Glorine hope you and your family will contine life
    in the arms of the
    lord......

    Sincerely....
    Theresa email me ..
    Tom and Glorine Kearns

    Tominthewind@frontier.com

    May 20 at 6:10PM

  • Marie Koehler Therese, heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Darrell courageously fought some remarkable challenges and you were by his side the entire time, offering your enduring love and tender care. Blessings to all.

    May 19 at 7:40AM

  • Bonnie LaGesse Theresa and family, so sorry for your loss of Darrel. May God grant you all love and strength during this difficult time.

    May 18 at 7:02PM

  • Deacon Dick and Barb Just heard about Darrell, sorry for your loss he was a great guy. Will pray for him and your family. Dick & Barb

    May 18 at 4:45PM

  • Barbara Southworth So sorry for your loss. Just rode my bike past your driveway Friday and was telling my fiend Jenny who lived there, and that I knew Darrel from HS and that he had health issues! Noticed the new blacktop, and that’s how the conversation was started! Anyway, thoughts and prayers with you and your family!

    May 18 at 8:58AM

  • Cecelia Stencil Theresa - I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you and hold you and your family is His hands during this sorrowful time.

    May 18 at 7:08AM

  • Heather Seibel Therese and family-I’m so sorry. Darrell had an amazing strength through many health problems. Thinking of you all. Please take care.

    May 17 at 10:25PM

  • Dean and Vonnie Rosenbrook Seidling Our deepest sympathy for your loss of Darrel. I worked with him for years. Great guy! God Bless him and your family.7

    May 17 at 6:56PM

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