He was born March 6, 1935, in Hutchinson, Minn., the son of August and Beatrice (Robinson) Pagel. He grew up in Bird Island, Minn., where he attended high school and was active in many sports -- particularly basketball. He earned his teaching degree and played basketball at Macalaster College in St. Paul. After college, he taught and coached at Balaton, Minn. He was married on June 20, 1959 to Carol Ann Carlson in Lakota, N.D. Following their marriage, he and Carol taught in Detroit Lakes for two years. They moved to Blue Earth, Minn., in 1962 where Bruce taught and was head basketball coach. In 1970, they moved to Hopkins, Minn., where he taught and coached until retirement. While in Hopkins, he was the assistant boys basketball coach and later the girls basketball head coach. In 1998, they moved to Vining, where he was a member of the Sons of Norway and a former member of the Vining Lutheran Church council.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, at the Vining Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dick Kennedy officiating. Interment will be in the Vining Cemetery. Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday June 11, at the Belmont Funeral Home in Henning.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; a son, David (Dina) Pagel, of Duluth; daughters, Amy (Greg) Glomski, Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, and Angie (Scott) Endo, Minneapolis; sisters, Janice (Charles) Wally, Vining, and Judy (Clint) Ewald, St. Paul; and six grandchildren.