Floyd Allen Podell, 89, of Winamac, IN passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Hickory Creek Healthcare in Winamac.
He was born on November 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 US 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, MA.
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, November 28, 1957 (Thanksgiving Day), Floyd married Jeanette Cargel in Agawam, MA. 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, IN. He was also a member of the Pulaski County Aviation Board, Pulaski County Farm Bureau, and Eastern Pulaski 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:
Jeanette M. [Cargel] Podell, Winamac, IN Wife
Annette (Jeff) Dixon, Calico Rock, AR Daughter
Cheryl McGovern, Winamac, IN Daughter
Stefanie McGovern, Granddaughter
Quinn McGovern, Grandson
Lois Alfeld, Sister
Arlene Luehrs, Sister
Thelma Pace, Sister
Phyllis Wall, Sister
Kenneth (Shelley) Podell, Brother
Robert (Marsha) Cargel, Jr., Brother-in-law
Many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins
Preceded in death by:
Isadore L. and Martha Lucille [Hendry] Podell, Sr., Parents
Theodore “Ted” Podell, Son
Richard Podell, Brother
Carl Podell, Brother
Isadore L. Podell, Jr., Brother
Robert and Mary [Kielec] Cargel, In-Laws
Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EST Friday, January 22, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Mark Fakih officiating.
Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac, IN. 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.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.