Franklin J. Pavel


Franklin J. Pavel

July 13, 1937 – July 11, 2014


Pavel FrankFranklin Joe Pavel, 76, of Edmond, Oklahoma, previously of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed from this life on July 11th, 2014.  He was born in Crete, Nebraska 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 Nebraska. Franklin was also a parent to Loren Wickstrom (Dickinson, ND), Dale Gribble (Kansas City, MO), Anita Brumley (Edmond OK), Curtis Gribble (Dallas TX) and Tiffany (Jason) Smith (Edmond OK).  He also leaves behind 12 precious grandchildren; a brother, Leland (Dorothy) Pavel (Lincoln NE); a brother-in-law, Stan Loibl (Houston TX); 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 Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, Oklahoma, from 12 noon – 8 pm, with family present from 6 pm – 8 pm.  Funeral services will be 10 am on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014, at New Covenant Methodist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Memorials to New Covenant United Methodist Church

3 thoughts on “Franklin J. Pavel”

  1. Tracie Zahourek

    Our sympathy to you Vernita and all your family. We were sad to hear about Frank’s death. Mom and Dad always enjoyed your stops in Nebraska on your way home from your fishing trips. Frank was a great guy. He will be missed.

  2. Jayne Brdicko Molacek

    Vernita: so sorry to hear about Frank. I worked with both of you at Midwest Life Nebraska a long time ago. Please accept my sympathy and know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  3. Vernita, we just heard yesterday about Frank and I am so very sorry. He used to tell me he was my number one muck raker for my horses and I always loved to hear him tell me about the wood carvings he was doing. I truly am sorry for your loss. I miss seeing you. Our prayers are with you.

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