Carl Wagner


Carl E. Wagner, 70, of Defiance, died Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio.

He was born on Friday, November 13, 1942, in Defiance, Ohio, to the late Edgar and Ethel (Hoover) Wagner. He attended Continental High School and graduated in 1960.

On December 8, 1962, he married Augusta "Rusti" (Elling) Wagner. Carl worked locally in Defiance as a painter, and in Connecticut from 1986-2003.

Carl is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Rusti Wagner; sons, Russell (Laura) Wagner of Severn, Md., Bradley (Christine) Wagner of Cleveland, Ohio, and Scott (Sheryl) Wagner of Oakwood, Ohio; sister, Katherine (Ray) Miller of Defiance, Ohio; brother, Gary (Beth) Wagner of Columbia City, Ind.; brother-in-law, Richard March of Defiance; and seven beloved grandchildren, Elisabeth (Andrew) Vink, Caitlin Wagner, Caleb Wagner, Stephen, Seth, and Samantha Wagner.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Linda March; and his parents.

Carl enjoyed being with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, and riding his Harley. He was a retired construction painter from Lima Local and a member and president of Local 11, Hartford, Conn.; vice president of Ayersville W&S District; and member/trustee of Junction Bible Christian Church.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 2, 2012, from 2-8 p.m. at the Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 3, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Rev. C. Joseph Fifer officiating. Burial will take place at Monroe Cemetery in Continental, Ohio.

Memorials in Carl's memory can be made to Defiance Hospice, Junction Bible Christian Church or the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made at

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