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Ray Nagel

june 2, 1946 – may 1, 2024

Ray Nagel

In loving memory of Raymond Charles Nagel, a devoted husband of 58 years to his high school sweetheart Norma, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, who peacefully passed away on May 1, 2024, in Cincinnati, OH. Born on June 2, 1946, in Cincinnati, OH, Raymond led a rich and fulfilling life filled with love, laughter, and a dedication to his family and community. He graduated from North College Hill High School in 1965 and went on to study at the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University.

Raymond was a proud military man. Beyond his professional accomplishments, he found immense joy in his various passions and affiliations. He was an active member of several organizations, including the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the American Legion Post 513, where he served as Past Post Commander four times. Raymond’s commitment to honoring the country’s history extended to his work with the Sons of the Revolutionary War and his membership in the American Indian Council and as a member of the Germania Society. He was named as an honorary Kentucky Colonel.

A man of many talents and interests, Raymond’s engaging personality, sense of humor, and researching his family’s genealogy back to the 1400s left a lasting impression on all who had the privilege of knowing him. His involvement in the community and dedication to honoring veterans through playing the bugle and serving in the American Legion Post 513 Honor Guard showcased his unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on those around him. He played semi-professional football for the Lefties and enjoyed watching his alma mater the University of Cincinnati Football team.

Raymond is survived by his loving wife, Norma Nagel; daughters, Michelle (Eddie) Swegman and Denise Nagel; grandchildren, Justin Weber, Jacob Ahr, Christian Weber, Aaron Weber, Jessica Wright, and Beau Swegman; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Cynthia (Gary) Mullen, Brian (Leah) Nagel, Gregory Nagel, and Kimberly Nagel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Janet (Myers) Nagel; sons, Michael Nagel and Duane Nagel; grandchildren, Brian Weber and Jenna Barton; brother, Phillip (Betty) Nagel; sister, Janice Whitehead; and his very best friend, Gus.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 10, 2024 from 10:00 am-11:00 am at the Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 2155 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231 (FOLLOW THE BLUE LINE). A funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with Deacon Larry Day officiating. Burial will take place directly after the service at 12:00 pm at the Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231.



Friday, May 10, 2024 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home


Friday, May 10, 2024 at 11:00 AM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home


Friday, May 10, 2024 at 12:00 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens

Guest Book

“As Camp Commander of the Gen. Lytle Camp#10, Cincinnati, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, of which Ray was a charter member, our deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by our camp. He was a dedicated member that worked tirelessly on many projects and served in many different offices to better our organization. Personally, I’ve known Brother Ray for over 20 years and will miss him!”

““On behalf of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), I extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Compatriot Ray Nagel. Ray was a member of of the Cincinnati Chapter SAR from 2018 until recently. He joined under his Patriot ancestor Roswell Newton (1752 – abt 1820), born in CT, served in MA, and buried in PA, and I know he took pride in his Revolutionary War patriot ancestry . I also knew him also as a well respected member and past Department of Ohio Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). Scott Freeman, Cincinnati Chapter President, SAR””

““My SUVCW camp #126 Cadot-Blessing of Gallipolis is indeed fortunate to have had the mentoring provided by Brother Ray. It is largely through his efforts the annual ceremony of the Battle of Buffington Island ( Ohio’s only Civil War Battlefield) was established by the Ohio Dept. of SUVCW and continues to this day. Thank you Brother Ray.””

““We celebrate the life of our Compatriot Ray, and will miss you in both the Sons of the Union Veterans (SUV) as well as the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Gordon Stokely Sons of the American Revolution 2024 Cincinnati Chapter Chaplain””

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““I will greatly miss Ray. A Bruther in the Sons of Union Veterans. For over 20 years we worked on projects at the local and state levels. Just a great guy! Jim Houston””

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““I will miss my friend Ray discussing the Navy and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. You were a great leader in the organizations that you belonged to and left your mark. You said what you thought and meant what you said. You will certainly be missed by your family and friends. Save me a seat where you are at Ray and we’ll see you downrange. God Bless!!!!!””

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““My heart is crushed. Knowing you’re no longer in so much pain helps me deal with this broken heart. 💔 I am so blessed that God chose me to be your daughter and proud for everyone to know. You are so loved and missed already. Please send me signs. I love you, Daddy ❤️ Missy Mooner””

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