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Kim Edward “Wags” Wagner

The physical life of Kim Edward “Wags” Wagner, 59, of Bellefontaine, completed its journey on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at his residence.

He was born on August 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. His sister, Cindee Luella (Douglas) Cox survives in Farragut, TN; his step-sisters, Jamie (B.J.) Jeffrey of Bellefontaine and Robyn (George) Jones-Hahnert of Columbus; step-brothers, James “Jimbo” (Kelli) Hofmann of Bellefontaine and Edward Hofmann of Chicago, IL; niece & nephew, Brooke E. (Jim) Senter of Farragut, TN and Jason M. (Melissa) Miller of St. Paris; his father-in-law, Carey Young of Kenton, OH; Sisters-in law, Tamara (Glen) Zupancic of Mentor, OH and Tiffany (Randy) Neer of Lakeview, OH; numerous great nieces & nephews, 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.

A1971 graduate of Bellefontaine H.S. with continuing education at Urbana College of Liberal Arts (Urbana University), Kim is also a graduate of the Promotional Products Association International's Distributor Management Seminar.

As a local small business owner for the past 30 years, Kim was the President of the Progressive Specialties Company in Bellefontaine. In April 2008, Kim acquired his real estate license and became affiliated with Zimmerman Realty Ltd of Bellefontaine and Indian Lake, Ohio. Previous employment included American Finance Company, Bellefontaine, OH, the Oasis Drive Thru carry out stores in Sidney OH, and Design Original, Inc., Jackson Center, OH.

A member of the B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #132 in Bellefontaine and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #568 in Sidney, OH, Wags was also 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. Kim recently received this year’s Richard J. Rupp Leadership award presented by the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce.

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! Kim always considered himself a very rich man not by the number of coins in his pocket, but by the number of friends that he had. He knew everyone and everyone knew “Wags”.

An invitation is extended to celebrate the life of Kim (Wags) for visitation on Monday, October 15th from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine and Tuesday, October 16th from 10:00-11:00 am at the church. The Rev. Rob Fulton will officiate at an 11:00 am memorial service on Tuesday, October 16th at the First United Presbyterian Church, Bellefontaine. Burial will follow 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. Send in care of Citizens Federal Savings & Loan, 110 N. Main St, Bellefontaine, OH.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where condolences may be express at: www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.

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