Wagner, Donald E.
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On July 25, 2013 at the age of 80, our cherished Husband, Dad and Grandpa (aka Gramps) left us to meet our Heavenly Father, leaving a hole in our hearts, as he will be greatly missed. Don is survived by his beautiful bride of 58 years, Marilou, his four children, Susan Tomi (Alan) Scottsdale, Jill Matteson (Jim) Centerville, OH, Don R. Wagner (Julie) Minneapolis, MN and Bradley Wagner (Lisa) Scottsdale, AZ, and his five amazingGrandchildren that all absolutely adored their Grandpa, Hannah & Paige Matteson, Kaylie & Thompson Wagner and Joey Tomi. Don loved spending time with his family always in attendance at any event where his kids or grandkids were involved, like watching his grandkids sporting events. He was a family man to the core; always putting his family before himself. Even in his final days his only concern was for Marilou. Most recently a resident of Scottsdale, Don was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio. Upon completion of High School he moved to Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1955. Cincinnati is where he met Marilou. After their June 11, 1955 wedding they remained in Cincinnati until moving to Dayton in 1958. They lived in Dayton until 1985 when they moved to Scottsdale. Don worked for Cutler Hammer a division of Eaton for 40 years in both Ohio and Arizona until his retirement in 1996. Never one to sit on the sidelines, he chaired many committees and was an active member of the Lions Club, the Elks Club and an Elder in his church. He was also the President of the PTA when his kids were in elementary school. You could always count on Don to be in the trenches, contributing to the causes he believed in. Longtime members of Mountain View Presbyterian Church, Don and Marilou have both enjoyed deep faith and deep friendships with those that they met throughout life's journey. A gathering of friends and family to celebrate Don's life will be held at Mountain View Presbyterian Church in September. The date for the celebration will be posted on www.messingermortuary.com. If you wish, donations may be made www.thyca.org/donations in Don's honor
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 28, 2013