Verlin 'Tony' Wagner


BLOOMDALE -- Verlin Lee "Tony" Wagner, 80, of Bloomdale, passed away at 8:47 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013, at St. Rita's Mercy Medical Center, Lima.

He was born on December 2, 1932, to the late Randal R. and Eunice E. (Gattshall) Wagner in Dupont, Ohio. He married Ruth Ann Schmidt on July 3, 1953, and she survives.

Tony is also survived by his sons, Michael L. (Cathy S.) Wagner of Findlay, Bradley L. (Jill D.) Wagner of Findlay, and Thomas J. (Lisa R.) Wagner of Bowling Green; and grandchildren, Ashley (Jarod) Helmstetter, Mackenzie L. Wagner, Christine A. Wagner, Emma L. Wagner, Lucy M. Wagner, Maya C. Wagner, Perry T. Wagner, Benjamin R. Wagner, and Noah L. Wagner.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, LaVoid Donald "Don" (Evelyn) Wagner, Randall R. (Cletus) Wagner Jr., and Richard A. (Phyllis) Wagner.

Tony was a 1950 graduate of Continental High School and a 1955 graduate of the Ohio State University. He worked for the General Motors Central Foundry plant in Defiance from 1955-58. He then became the owner of Wagner's IGA in Bloomdale, and then also in Fostoria, where he was the third-generation grocer. He owned Wagner's IGA from 1958-94. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Bloomdale, where he served many different positions. Tony was a 3rd-degree Master Mason and a 32nd-degree Mason. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 571 in North Baltimore for 50 years and a member of the Shrine. He was also a 12-year member of the Elmwood School Board, Bloomdale Commercial Club, Bloomdale City Council and Board of Public Affairs. Tony was also a Little League baseball coach and elementary school basketball coach for his children. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan and attended many games. He loved traveling to numerous places, especially Hawaii. Tony enjoyed fishing, hunting and most importantly, his grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, with Pastor Jeff Ridenour and Pastor Gary Woodruff officiating. A private burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, Bloomdale, or the Alzheimer's Association.

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