Gordon Wagner Jr.

Obituary of Gordon Alan Wagner Jr.

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Gordon Alan Wagner Jr. was born in Maumee, Ohio on May 29, 1931. He was the eldest of three children born to Gordon Alan and Eva (Hemminger) Wagner Sr. Growing up on the family farm, Gordon, was given the nickname “Sonny”.  The Wagner’s planted potatoes, corn, and soybeans, selling their harvest directly to the public from their barn “store”. 

For several years Gordon drove a school bus for Springfield Township Schools. He was later employed as a custodian at Perrysburg Public Schools.

A talented crafter, Gordon created stained glass works including Tiffany style lamps and garden stones. He made birdhouses and once gifted his son a bird condo, complete with stained glass windows. He also had an extensive collection of ceramic coated metal housewares. Gordon enjoyed reading the newspaper to keep up with current events and never missed a news broadcast. Naturally, he had stayed in tune with the weather forecast to ensure the crops on the farm were watered. Although Gordon was naturally quiet and introverted, he was always cordial and pushed himself to converse to be a good salesperson for the family business.

Gordon Alan Wagner Jr., age 93, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at Fountainview on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. His passing was preceded by his parents; a sister: Bonnie Stamm; and a sister-in-law: Annette Wagner.

To cherish his memory he leaves a loving wife: Marlene Wagner; two sons: Larry (Gloria) Wagner of Cleveland, Ohio and Donald Wagner of Toledo, Ohio; his daughter: Patricia (Nick) Almond of Temecula, California; two step-sons: Tom (Tammy) Root and Tim Root; his brother: Jack Wagner; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park; 13200 South Dixie Highway, LaSalle, Michigan 48145. Gordon’s care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, Erie; 9156 Summit Street, Erie, Michigan 48133 (734) 317-7199.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting www.merklefs.com.

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