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William G. KAGLER (1932 - 2013)

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KAGLER

William G. Kagler, 81, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2013. Bill was born June 4, 1932, to George M. and Marion L Kagler in Scranton, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Scranton Central High School, he went on to graduate in 1954 from Syracuse University, majoring in journalism and serving as a proud member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. After serving two years in the U.S. Army's Counter Intelligence Corp, primarily in the Far East, Bill worked as a reporter for newspapers in Geneva, NY, Chester, PA, and Cincinnati, OH. After leaving The Enquirer in 1963, he served as a Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC, and later worked as a press aide for Robert Taft Jr's senatorial campaign. He then returned to Cincinnati and began a long and successful career with The Kroger Company. Bill began his career in Kroger's Public Affairs Division and was ultimately named a Senior Vice President in 1977, member of the Board of Directors in 1982, and President in 1983. He later served as President and CEO of Skyline Chili, before retiring in 1995. He was also active on many corporate boards during his lifetime, including: The Fifth Third Bank, Union Central Life Insurance Company, The Ryland Group, and Grand Union Company. During this time, Bill gave generously to a variety of community groups, including the Cincinnatus Association, Commonwealth Club, Commercial Club, Syracuse University Alumni Board and Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. In 1978, he headed the United Negro College Fund campaign in Greater Cincinnati. In 1980, he served as General Chairman of the SORTA Metro Campaign Levy, and was also active in the United Appeal campaign for many years. In 1984, he served as the National Telethon Chairman of the Arthritis Foundation. As a former honoree and Eagle Scout recipient himself, he served as the chairman of the 1988 Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America Legion of Honor Program. Bill was happily married to Gail W. Kagler, the love of his life, for 54 years. They had three children, Kim Noel, Kristin Amy and Kerri Lu. Kim and Greg Carroll live in Loveland, OH, and have two children: Kevin and Corey. Kris and John Burbank live in Southport, CT, and have three children: Henry, Andrew and Ellen. Kerri and Dave Schuman live in Loveland also and have two children: Megan and Sarah. Bill was affectionately called "Popsie" by his seven grandchildren and enjoyed special relationships with each of them. He taught them to live honestly, work hard, love deeply and pursue their passions. He believed in them, encouraged them, humored them and inspired them. Bill also leaves behind brother Robert Kagler and sister in law Mary Lu Kagler of Hudson, OH, along with his niece, Jennifer Casa, and nephew, Robert Kagler. Since retiring in 1995, Bill enjoyed spending much of his time in Vero Beach, Florida, where he was an active resident of John's Island, former President of the John's Island Foundation and involved with the Community Service League of John's Island and Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast. An avid golf and tennis player, Bill was a member of the Kenwood Country Club and enjoyed sharing the beauty of a good putt with good friends. He loved to travel the world with his wife, daughters and dear friends; fish a beautiful trout stream; read an interesting book and recommend it to a grandchild; banter about politics with people still interested enough to care; dance with anyone willing to "boogie"; and cry with anyone who needed to share a tear. In his final years, Bill was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and struggled with its complications. Throughout this time, he faced his challenges with grace and strength and was an inspiration to all who knew him. His family wishes to thank the many caregivers of Twin Lakes Montgomery and Hospice of Greater Cincinnati. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill Kagler's honor may be sent to either of these organizations. The family invites friends to attend a memorial service celebrating Bill's life on Saturday, October 5 at 2pm, with visitation immediately preceding, at the Sycamore Presbyterian Church, 11800 Mason Montgomery Rd , Cincinnati, OH. Hay Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Sept. 19, 2013
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