Leon Bagwell July 31, 1948 - June 26, 2014 BUCHANAN - Loyd "Leon" Bagwell, age 65, born in Wynne, AR to Leonard and Virginia (Stark) Bagwell on July 31, 1948, our beloved husband, father and Papa left us to follow on to another journey on Thursday, June 26th, 2014. On September 7, 1968 he married Sandra (Dodge); they would have celebrated 46 years together. He proudly served his country in the Army including the Vietnam era. Leon has coached midget basketball for four years, Little league baseball for 10 years, indoor floor hockey for 18 years and was the assistant Varsity softball coach at Buchanan High school for the last 25 years. He had many happy memories and stories in all of his coaching years. All his "kids" touched a special place in his heart. He loved them all! He also has been a devoted employee for 42 years at National Standard in Niles. Everyone that knew him knows his love for the University of Michigan. Go Blue! He leaves behind his wife Sandy, daughters Robyn (Tim) Coons and Sarah (Jesse) Kline and his beloved granddaughters, Kendra and Kaitlyn Coons, and Hannah Joy Kline. He also leaves behind his brother, Johnny (Merri) Bagwell and sister-in-law, Corliss Bagwell, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Cheri Best, brother-in-law and sister- in-law, Tracy and Donna Dodge and many nieces and nephews. He wants them all to know how much he loved them. Predeceased before him are his parents Leonard and Virginia, brother Charlie and nephews, Craig Bagwell and Sam Reagan. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at both Niles and St. Joseph Lakeland Regional Hospital and a special thank you to Hospice at Home for all of the excellent care he was given in his short time with them. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Buchanan Softball program in c/o Rachel Carlson at 401 West Chicago St., Buchanan, MI 49107, American Legion Post 51 at 403 East Front St., Buchanan, MI 49107 or the Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Visitation will be held at the Swem Chapel in Buchanan, Michigan on Monday, June 30th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 1st at 11:00 am with military rites by American Legion Post # 51 To sign his guest book or leave a condolence message please visit our website, www.swemchapel.com.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on June 29, 2014