The Edmond Sun


July 14, 2014

Franklin Joe Pavel

EDMOND —     Franklin Joe Pavel, 76, of Edmond, Okla.,  previously of Lincoln, Neb., passed from this life on July 11, 2014. He was born in Crete, Neb., to Joseph and Sadie (Chrastil) Pavel.

    Franklin had a long and successful career in the insurance industry including vice president of underwriting at Midwest Life of Nebraska in Lincoln, and Standard Life and Accident in Oklahoma City.

    He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Verneta Pavel; son Theron Pavel; daughter Therine (Todd) Nelson and their mother Irma Pavel, of Lincoln, Neb.

    Franklin was also a parent to Loren Wickstrom of Dickinson, N.D., Dale Gribble of Kansas City, Mo.; Anita Brumley of Edmond, Curtis Gribble of Dallas Texas, and Tiffany (Jason) Smith of Edmond. He also leaves behind 12 precious grandchildren; a brother, Leland (Dorothy) Pavel of Lincoln, Neb.; a brother-in-law, Stan Loibl of Houston, Texas; nieces and a nephew.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Evelyn Loibl.

    He was a member of the Sesostris Shrine in Lincoln for 50 years including scooter and motorcycle units.  He was a former member of the Nebraska Air National Guard.  He enjoyed traveling coast to coast with his Rhodesian Ridgeback show dogs. He also enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, Nebraska football and most of all, spending time with his family.

    Visitation will be from noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, with family present from 6 – 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at New Covenant Methodist Church in Edmond. Memorials may be made to New Covenant United Methodist Church.

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