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MSgt Kevin H. Markel, USAF-PA ANG

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MSgt Kevin H. Markel, USAF-PA Air National Guard, 55, of Carlisle, died suddenly on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Carlisle Regional Medical Center.  He was born June 30, 1957, in York and is a son of Eileen J. (Kirwan) Markel of Carlisle and the late Gene A. Markel.

Kevin was a 1975 graduate of Carlisle High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and a Master’s degree from Duquesne University.  Kevin has served for more than 30 years with the United States Air Force and the PA Air National Guard.  He was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Kevin was a member of the Tree of Life Church, Carlisle and was a life-long Penn State Football fan and was a senior advisor for the Civil Air Patrol.

In addition to his mother, Kevin is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Nina M. (Spicher) Markel, three sons; Jason K. Markel of Harrisburg, Sean K. Markel and Conner N. Markel, both of Carlisle, one step-son, Jordan P. Grega of Carlisle, one brother, Barry E. Markel of Wexford, two granddaughters; Breyona L. Markel and Eilee K. Markel and two nieces; Kelly and Kimberly Markel.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Pastor David Herr officiating.  Burial with full military honors will be on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.  A viewing will held on Wednesday from 5 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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Grandpa, we will miss you so much, we love you

Breyona and Eilee Markel

To the family of MSgt Kevin Markel I offer my sincere condolences at this time of your loss. Kevin was an instructor of mine in the ANG and was truly professional and a wonderful man. He touched alot of lives in a wonderful way, and will be sorely missed by many. My thoughts are with you at this time.

Robert Atwood

We've lost another great American. MSgt Markel was a true professional and always took interest in others rather than himself. He will be deeply missed.

Matt Janson


 I am so sorry for your loss.
 May God watch over you all during this most difficult time.

Gail DeGood-Guy, USAF Retired. Wire Dawg

Dear Family,

I had the distinct opportunity to work with SMSgt Markel for six months while assigned to the Lightning Force Academy. This man was a wealth of knowledge and experience. He certainly did his part to make his community and the world around him a better place. Now he is in a better place of his own. 

Please accept my sincere condolences.  Kevin Bonanno


To the Markel family, I send my deepest sympathies for your loss. Kevin was an amazing instructor, and a great mentor during my time in the 211th. His jokes in the school house and around the squadron were always some of the best! He will be missed!

Cody Updegrave


To the family of MSgt Markel, I am so very sorry for your loss.  MSgt Markel touched so many lives in so many ways. He was a true leader and teacher.  I know everyone in the E&I community could not bring up the Lightning Force Academy without his name being brought up as one of the best instructors there was or ever will be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

TSgt Chris L. Hartman 241st EIS, Chattanooga, TN


Kevin was one of the greatest senior NCO's I had the pleasure to serve with. I will miss his witty sense of humor.  He was a good friend and mentor.  America was truly blessed to have Kevin serve for so long.

Maj Brian E. Williams



My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

NeTasha Kremsner



You and your family are in my prayers.

Mike Wise


A marvelous person I had many meaningful conversations with over the years. I send prayers for the family from the Oklahoma heritage he created at the 211th and know he is with the Lord.  Gary Lanham (Ret CMSgt 219th).


Deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Kevin. I am thankful to have known him. He will be missed by all of us in the E & I community

MSgt Tom LePage, 243 EIS, So. Portland, ME


Kevin was a brilliant man and one hell of an airman.  I had the upmost respect for Kevin, he taught me a great deal during my 23 yr career.  Heaven has gained a hero...Condolences to his family

SMSgt retired Jimmy Large (E&I ByGod)


Very, very sorry to hear the news. We certainly pray for comfort for the entire family during this time.

Jon & Angie Marceleno

 Nina and family, my sincere condolences on your loss.
 You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Lisa Ketterman

I'm so very sorry to hear the news that Kevin passed. Kevin was a great instructor and a great friend. He never met a stranger, and he never was at a loss for a good story. My thoughts and prayers are with the Markel family and friends.
Dorene Gerry, MSgt (ret) 215EIS

 How do we express the sadness we feel at the loss of such a wonderful young man? A soldier, a father, a grandfather, a son and a brother and a friend who is loved by so many. Always cheerful - helpful - and supportive. A MAN who we could all count on -- is now gone. Words cannot express our loss, but we know that it was our good fortune to have known him.

Bob and Sally Chant

 Nina and family,
I have no words only hugs with my deepest sympathies and prayers.

Ruthie Maggs

 I know his wife Nina from working for the US Government.
Although 8000 kilometers away in Germany I want her and the entire family to know that I am thinking about them. No words can really help at this moment.
I am with you all.

Roland Rohrbacher

 Nina and Family,
So very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

 Jeff and Lisa Soliday and Family

To the Family of MSgt Markel;
Words, however kind, can't mend your heartache, but knowing that those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind. Kevin was a great friend, mentor and Brother In Arms, he will sadly be missed.

MSgt Jason A. Renner 270th EIS

Nina, Jason, Sean, Conner and family,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Take solace knowing that Kevin is in a better place and that he loved all of you dearly. Kevin was a patriot, friend, mentor, confidant, educator, world renowned story teller, and an inspiration to so many. He touched the lives of countless others with his ability to put people at ease, build their confidence and make them feel special. He had an impact everywhere he went. My deepest condolences to all of you.

Dan Hartzell (Ret CMSgt 193rd SOG)

To our family in America our thoughts are with you all at this very sad time. We will always remember Kevin with such affection and joy. Although we live apart we always feel very close to our American family. RIP Kevin. Love Auntie Essie, Stella, John, EIleen, Rosaleen, Frank and Julia x x x x

Julia Lawrence

So sorry for your loss. Kevin was a great guy and always seemed to have a smile on his face. He'll be missed by myself and his other former CHS friends.

Sue Decker

 Nina, we were so saddened to learn of your loss.
 Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike and Linda McCabe

 I was so sad to hear of this tremendous loss! What a remarkable man Kevin was, he had an enthusiastic and inquisitive way about him that was contagious and he was such a caring person. He will be sorely missed.

Diane Slazinik

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