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Robert Gordon "Bob" Wagner

Robert Gordon "Bob" Wagner
  • July 12, 1922 - August 26, 2018
  • Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Gull Lake, Michigan
  • Yorkville Community Church
    11523 East D Avenue
    Richland, MI 49083

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“Our love and condolences to the Wagner family. Bob was dear to our family, a good man loved by us all. Fly high Bob, rest in peace. Love Joyce and...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Joyce Stafford - Portage, MI

“Bob and Helen Wagner were neighbors of ours in the Bay of Gull Lake for years, they were very very special to both Dave and I and the girls. ...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Dave DeLano - Richland, MI

“Marriann, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Emily and the entire family. I am sorry that I will...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Karen Hite - Kalamazoo, MI

“Oh how Bob and my step-dad, Walt, loved to relive their flying days! They used to go up and enjoy the sky together. It has been such an honor to know...Read More »
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Robert Gordon "Bob" Wagner of Kalamazoo and formerly of Gull Lake

Bob, age 96, died Sunday morning, August 26, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, Kalamazoo, following a brief illness.

Bob, the son of Donald and Catherine (Vangemert) Wagner, was born in Kalamazoo on July 12, 1922 and was a lifetime area resident. He served his Country honorably and nobly during World War II in the United States Army Air Corp (Air Force) as an Air Traffic Controller. Bob was the founder, owner and operator of Wagner Heating & Plumbing Supply of Kalamazoo for over 50 years. He was a member of the Yorkville Community Church. Bob was an avid golfer; enjoyed his Ham radio; flying planes; laughing with family and enjoying evenings out with friends.

Bob was united in marriage to the former, Helen M. Forbush in Angola, IN on January 24, 1956. Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Helen; his daughter, Marriann W. Marshall of Englewood, FL; two ½ daughters, Susan Widger of Lawton, MI and Suann Good of Parchment, MI; six precious grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Karen and a son, James.

The Funeral Service to celebrate Bob's life will be held on Wednesday, August 29th at 11:00 a.m. in the Yorkville Community Church, 11523 East D Avenue, Richland, MI 49083 with the Rev. Shan Martin, Pastor Emeritus, officiating. Bob's family will greet friends on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time in the Church's Social Hall. Interment will follow at Yorkville Cemetery, Ross Township with the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard bestowing military honors. Family and friends will continue Bob's life celebration with a time of fellowship and a light luncheon at the Gull Lake Country Club immediately following the committal. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob's honor may be directed to the Church. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel (269-629-6022) is assisting Bob's family.