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Virgil L. Wagner

Virgil L. Wagner, 92, formerly of Connersville, passed away Monday afternoon, May 14, 2018, at University Heights Health and Living Community, Indianapolis.

One of five children of Frank and Loretta Strothman Wagner, Virgil was born on August 24, 1925, in Connersville.

Virgil graduated from Connersville High School with the class of 1942 and attained his Associate Degree in Machine Technology from Ivy Tech Community College.

He served his country in the United States Army during World War II, receiving his honorable discharge with the rank of Technician Fifth Grade. He was employed as a foreman at Roots Blower Corporation in Connersville for over 18 years and was the manager of Rodefeld’s Auto Parts Store for over 27 years.

On July 7, 1951, Virgil married the former Geraldine “Gerry” O’Connor in Holy Redeemer Church, Detroit, Michigan. Mrs. Wagner passed away on March 29, 2014.

Virgil was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church and was recently honored as a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus Council #861. He also held a membership with the American Legion Post #1, and he volunteered with Fayette County Community Sharing.

Survivors include nine children, Barbara Williams, Therese (Alan) Whitlock, Bernadette (Darren) Goins, Susan (David) Douglass, David (Geni) Wagner, Mary (Jim) Hopkins, Joe (Melissa) Wagner, Mark (Michelle) Wagner and John (Laurie) Wagner; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Katherine McLaughlin; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 62 years, Geraldine Wagner; a son-in-law, John Williams; three brothers, Charlie Wagner, Frank Wagner and Bob Wagner.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 18, 2018, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church with Reverend Dustin Boehm officiating. Burial will follow in Dale Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the church with visitation to follow until the time of Mass. Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Indy Honor Flight, P.O. Box 10, Plainfield, Indiana 46168 and online condolences can be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.