Gunther M. Nakel, 88, died Thursday, January 14, 2010 at Shady Nook Care Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  

Born in Austria, Mr. Nakel traveled to Canada. He met his wife, Helga, through mutual friends and he married her in 1955. Soon after the wedding they moved to the U.S. where he became a citizen in 1960.

Mr. Nakel had a passion for automobiles, especially yellow convertibles. He passed this fondness on to his children.  He will be remembered as a mentor to graduate students and his children’s friends. He was always helping them with their science and math projects.

He leaves his daughter, Nora Aubert, and her husband, Brian of Los Alamos, NM; his son, Karl Nakel, and his wife, Renee, of Ft Worth, TX; his daughter, Inge Nakel, of Newburryport, MA; his son, Martin Nakel and his wife, Taina, of Marietta, GA; two grandchildren, Max Nakel and Elizabeth Aubert; and many close friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Helga. She was the love of his life and they were married for over 40 years. 

Mr. Nakel worked for the Procter and Gamble Company for over 30 years as a chemist. His passion was developing flavors, and research. This spilled into his personal life—at any given time you could find at least 15 different coffees in his cupboards. 


Visitation hours are Tuesday 5 pm to 8 pm, January 19, at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home in Aurora, Indiana.

Private funeral services will be held.

Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Aurora, IN.

Contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Diabetes Association. Please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.