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David Benjamin Pagel Jr., 45

David Benjamin Pagel Jr., 45, of Cass Lake, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.

A memorial dinner will be held for his friends and co-workers at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cass Lake.

Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji assisted the family with arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers will be all his co-workers and friends.

He was born Sept. 3, 1963, to Karen (Sargent) and David Pagel Sr. in Bemidji. He lived in Minneapolis until 1978, when he moved to Cass Lake. He received his GED in 1980. He received a heavy equipment operation diploma in 1983 and his engineer's license for Boilers Class C in 1998. In 2008, he was certified in HVAC combustion analysis, residential burners and gas furnace service and carbon monoxide testing. He worked in maintenance at the Leech Lake Facility Center for 12 years. He also worked at Leech Lake Housing Authority since 2007.

He enjoyed playing guitar and drums, fishing, hunting, spending time outdoors, fixing cars and spending time with his family, friends and grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughters, Crystal Pagel Fuller of Cass Lake, Karen (Paul) Mix of Cass Lake, Amber Pagel of Cass Lake; step-daughter, Teresa Aderman of Bemidji; special friend and companion of 24 years, Connie Cox of Cass Lake; mother, Karen Pagel of Pennington; grandmother, Evelyn Sargent of Cass Lake; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Michael Pagel; an uncle and a nephew.

The family prefers memorials.