Created on Friday, 12 October 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
The physical life of Kim Edward “Wags” Wagner, 59, of Bellefontaine, completed its journey Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at his residence.
He was born on Aug. 28, 1953, to the late Walter G. Wagner and June Appelfeller Wagner Jones.
On April 20, 1996, he married Tara Dawn Hanger in Bellefontaine and she survives, along with his sister, Cindee Luella (Douglas) Cox of Farragut, Tenn.; his stepsisters, Jamie (B.J.) Jeffrey of Bellefontaine and Robyn (George) Jones-Hahnert of Columbus; stepbrothers, James “Jimbo” (Kelli) Hofmann of Bellefontaine and Edward Hofmann of Chicago; niece and nephew, Brooke E. (Jim) Senter of Farragut, Tenn., and Jason M. (Melissa) Miller of St. Paris; his father-in-law, Carey Young of Kenton; sisters-in-law, Tamara (Glen) Zupancic of Mentor and Tiffany (Randy) Neer of Lakeview; numerous great- nieces and nephews and cousins; and a vast collection of friends.
Also blessed with an extended family, Kim is survived by Gene (Martha) Marine of Bellefontaine and family, Steve (Barb) Marine of Cincinnati, Tom (Laura) Marine of Indianapolis and Leann (Roger) Allmon of Columbus.
A 1971 graduate of Bellefontaine High School with continuing education at Urbana College of Liberal Arts (Urbana University), he also was a graduate of the Promotional Products Association International’s Distributor Management Seminar.
As a local small business owner for the past 30 years, he was the president of the Progressive Specialties Company in Bellefontaine. In April 2008, he acquired his real estate license and became affiliated with Zimmerman Realty Ltd. of Bellefontaine and Indian Lake. Previous employment included American Finance Company, Bellefontaine, the Oasis Drive Thru carry out stores in Sidney and Design Original Inc. in Jackson Center.
A member of the BPOElks Lodge 132 in Bellefontaine and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 568 in Sidney, “Wags” also was involved in the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Bellefontaine Planning Commission, United Way Board of Directors, Downtown Bellefontaine Partnership Inc. and the Urbana University’s President’s Advisory Council during the reign of Dr. Robert Head. He recently received this year’s Richard J. Rupp Leadership award presented by the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce.
His hobbies included photography, Indy/Formula 1 racing, and college football (the OSU Buckeyes).
With a robust personality, “Wags” never met a stranger. He greeted everyone he came across with a big smile and “What’s your name?” “Wags” lived his life with vitality and energy. He enjoyed a party!
He always considered himself a very rich man, not by the number of coins in his pocket, but by the number of friends he had. He knew everyone and everyone knew “Wags.”
An invitation is extended to celebrate his life at visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine. The Rev. Rob Fulton officiates a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Presbyterian Church, Bellefontaine, where calling is an hour prior to the service. Burial follows in the Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kim Edward “Wags” Wagner Back to Bellefontaine fund, established to assist young people interested in coming back to the community to engage in a small business, in care of Citizens Federal Savings & Loan, 110 N. Main St., Bellefontaine.
Arrangements were handled by the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where condolences may be express at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.