Raymond Wagoner, 78

Raymond Henry, Wagoner, 78, of White Pigeon, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo after a short illness.

He was born Sept. 14, 1931, in Valentine, Ind., a son of Louis and Estells (Hahn) Wagoner. He had lived in White Pigeon for 53 years, coming from Howe, Ind.

On July 29, 1950, he married Doris Lucille Myers in Sturgis.

He had been employed for 38.2 years at the Kirsch Company as a machine operator, material handler and on the paint line. He was also employed at Universal Diesel in Sturgis for four years.

He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis.

Ray loved to travel and enjoyed family. He was always willing to lend a helping hand whenever needed. He never met a stranger. He loved meeting new people and loved to talk to everyone he met.

Surviving are his wife; children Deloris (Daniel) Seybert of Versailles, Ky., Vickie (Kenneth) Hoff of White Pigeon and Bob (Dalene) Wagoner of Three Rivers; grandchildren Sarah and Samantha Messer, and Megan, Lindsey and Michael Simons; stepgrandchildren Nicole and Jordan Hoff, Ella Anderson and Bridget Hoff; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and several half-sisters and half-brothers.

Visitation is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Wilbur Brandli officiating. Burial will follow in White Pigeon Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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