Strate Funeral Home


Lewis William Kagele

November 3, 1923October 27, 2014

KAGELE, LEWIS W. – (Age 90)

Was born on November 3, 1923 to Jake and Martha (Bischoff) Kagele in Ritzville, WA. Lewis grew up on the family farm and attended school in Ritzville graduating from Ritzville High School. Lewis later married Darlene Schell on November 18, 1945 in Ruff, WA. They were farmers and ranchers southwest of Odessa and later owned and operated the Odessa Golf Course, where they built their retirement home and continued to live until Darlene’s death in 2009. Lewis continued to live in Odessa until his health made it necessary to move to the Rose Garden Estates in Ritzville, WA where he has lived for the past 3 years. Lewis was an avid hunter, golfer, horseman, and outdoorsman. In his younger years he competed in many Northwest rodeos as a tie-down roper. He also took great pride in the mules he bred and trained for packing and riding. The scripture he loved to quote is; “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Lewis passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2014 in Ritzville, WA. He is survived by his two children Susan and Cho Larson, Clark and Charlene Kagele and six grandchildren Michael (Tara) Williams, Jessica Kagele, Melissa Kagele, Ian (Marissa) Loudon, Andrew (Bethany) Loudon, Matthew (Sally) Kagele and two great grandchildren Benjamin and Devon. His brother Richard (Darleen) Kagele, sister-in-laws Ursula Kagele and Betty Littig along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Lewis is preceded in death by his parents, wife Darlene in 2009 and son Jack Kagele, three brothers Jim, Norman and Gene. Lewis is a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa Lions Club, and Odessa Riders Club. Graveside Inurnment service, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA followed by a memorial services at 11:00 a.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church, Odessa, WA with Pastor Tim Hauge, officiating. The family would like to thank the staff at Rose Garden Estates for the tender and loving care given to Lewis while he was a resident. Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, Assured Hospice, 1417 S. Pioneer Way, Moses Lake, WA 98837 or charity of choice. Please sign the online guestbook at STRATE FUNERAL HOME, DAVENPORT, WA is caring for the family.


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Inurnment

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Lewis William Kagele

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Gordon Neale

November 19, 2014

I first met Lewis when I moved to Odessa in 1983. He made me feel welcome as a newcomer. He was a true gentleman and an outstanding civic leader. I feel honored and enriched to have known him and to be considered his friend.

"Flash" Gordon

Larry Rider

November 19, 2014

My thoughts and prayers to the Kagele family. I have such wonderful memories of Lewis. Each and every time I go golfing, I envision Lewis "sweeping the kitchen floor" just before I pitch and run. You will be greatly missed, Lewis.

Jack & Joanie

November 19, 2014

Sorry for the loss of your Dad. Prayers to the whole family.

Miss seeing you all.

November 18, 2014


Madeline Erickson

November 12, 2014

Uncle Lewis was such a wonderful, amazing person. I have fond memories of him and Aunt Darlene. The family Thanksgiving gatherings still bring a smile. God bless you all in your loss.

Linda King

November 10, 2014

Many wonderful memories of our visits to you. Your parents were both very wonderful people who will never be forgotten. It's so sad they are gone but I'm glad they are once again together where they can combine their love to protect & watch over you all. I love you all and Mom sends her love from above to you as well. She always asked about Lewis so hope they found each other to say hi.

Jill Connolly

November 7, 2014

As the Lord has taken Lewis home to rest, I am saddened for the family. He was truly an amazing person and friend. I was fortunate enough to grow up with him as our closest "neighbor." We looked forward to Darlene's Halloween treats, and the first ride I put on my colts was always over to Lewis' house. Lewis taught me so much about horsemanship and I loved his stories. Such an inspirational person, he will be greatly missed. I am thankful for the time he spent with me and all that he taught me.

Rhea Coles

November 6, 2014

Clark and Charlene & family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Lewis and Darlene also. They were always so kind to me, always smiling. Such lovely people to be around at the family dinners in your home. I will keep you all in my prayers during this difficult time.

Jerri Via

November 2, 2014

Susan and Clark: Words cannot express my sorrow in reading of Dear Louie's passing. I am SO grateful for his friendship. He once gave me a card that read "Everyday is a Gift" and HE and it certainly is... He helped me/us in achieving a goal of owning a family farm. That gesture was NEVER forgotten. What a gentle soul he was. He and Darlene are now joined together once again. I will be out of town at the time of his service but will be thinking of you all on that day. Prayers to all.

Kathy Jones

October 31, 2014

What a wonderful person he was! I have many fond memories of him. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.