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James M. Bagwell

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James M. Bagwell Obituary
Bagwell, James M. 79 of Florissant, MO. passed away on Sun. June 30, 2013. Jim was born October 17, 1933 to the late Virgil and Mabel nee Beatman Bagwell. Loving Husband to Betty Jean nee Daniel, Father of Jim V. Bagwell, Jeff Bagwell, Joe (Sharon) Bagwell, John Bagwell, Step-Father to Billy DeHatre and the late Joe DeHatre, Patricia DeHatre and Kathy DeHatre, Brother to Ted (Judy) Bagwell and the late Virgil Bagwell, Dear Grandfather to Kelly, Cassie, Jim, Ryan, Tara, Patty and Elizabeth, also a loving Great-Grandfather. Mr. Bagwell served in the Navy and was discharged in 1952. Jim was a member of the Inter. Assoc. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Dist. #9 for 61 years and retired in 1995. His first job was at the Chrome Craft Plant in St. Louis MO. During his tenure as a Machinist, he rose though the leadership ranks, first as shop steward then becoming a full time organizer for the Dist. in 1967, later serving as a business Rep. In 1985 Jim was promoted to the Asst. Dir. then in 1989 became the Directing Bus. Rep. He was continuously elected unopposed throughout his career. Jim also was Managing Trustee of the Dist. #9 Welfare and Pension Trust. Over the years, Jim has been a delegate to Dist. #9, in the IL Council of Machinists as well as Vice Pres. of the MO. State Council of Machinists and Midwest States Conf. of Machinists, served on the I.A.M. prestigious Law Committee as a chairman at the 1992 Grand Lodge Convention, delegate on the Dist. #9 Exec. Board, Trustee and member of the constitution Committee for the Greater St. Louis labor Council, as well as MO AFL-CIO Exec. board. Mr Bagwell was a Proud member of the board of Directors for the St. Louis United Way and the RCGA Spirit Committee. He was an outstanding labor Leader and a friend to all workers. In his early years he enjoyed playing golf and spending summers with his family at their country home in Piedmont MO. He will be missed by many. Services: Visitation will be held Tues, 07/09/2013 at Paul Funeral Home from 4-8PM. The funeral service will be held on Wed, 07/10/2013 in Paul Funeral Home Chapel at 10AM. www.paulfuneral.com

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on July 7, 2013
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