Floyd Allen Podell

Nov. 10, 1931 — Jan. 13, 2021

Floyd Allen Podell, 89, of Winamac, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Hickory Creek Healthcare in Winamac. 

He was born on Nov. 10, 1931, in Winamac, to the late Isadore L. and Martha Lucille (Hendry) Podell Sr. He graduated from Winamac High School in 1949 and was an alternate for the Marshall Carper Scholarship Award. Floyd was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He served for four years during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Kimpo Air Base in Japan. In 1956, Floyd received an honorable discharge at Westover Air Force Base in Springfield, Massachusetts. During this time, Floyd met the love of his life while attending a big band dance with his military buddies. He decided to stay and take a job at United Aircraft and attend Western New England College. On Thursday, Nov. 28, 1957 (Thanksgiving Day), Floyd married Jeanette Cargel in Agawam, Massachusetts. In the spring of 1958, they moved to Winamac where they dedicated their life to farming. Together, they raised three children, Annette, Ted and Cheryl. Just last year, they celebrated 63 years of marriage.

Floyd was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Denham. He was also a member of the Pulaski County Aviation Board, Pulaski County Farm Bureau, and Eastern Pulaski Community School Board. He served as Franklin Township Trustee and Pulaski County Commissioner. Floyd was a founding member and past president of the Kankakee Valley Workforce Development Services. He was a lifetime member of the Winamac VFW Post #1728 and the Winamac American Legion Post #71. 

Floyd had a passion for flying and owned his own aircraft, a Cessna 170 (Charlie). He truly enjoyed being a member of the Indiana Flying Farmers organization, giving airplane rides, and flying over his farm to check out his crops. 

Floyd loved his family very much, especially his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his wife Jeanette M. (Cargel) Podell of Winamac; daughters: Annette [Jeff] Dixon of Calico Rock, Arkansas, and Cheryl McGovern of Winamac; granddaughter Stefanie McGovern; grandson Quinn McGovern; sisters: Lois Alfeld, Arlene Luehrs, Thelma Pace and Phyllis Wall; brother Kenneth [Shelley] Podell; brother-in-law Robert [Marsha] Cargel Jr.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Isadore L. and Martha Lucille (Hendry) Podell Sr.; son Theodore “Ted” Podell; brothers: Richard Podell, Carl Podell and Isadore L. Podell Jr.; and in-laws Robert and Mary (Kielec) Cargel. 

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with Rev. Mark Fakih officiating. Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac. The VFW and American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Online tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 20, 2021)

Pulaski County Journal

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