Mr. Richard “Dick” Wagen, age 75, of Rockford was taken home to Heaven by the angels on Thursday, February 12, 2009.
Dick grew up in Harbor Springs and at the age of 17 he accepted Christ. He played football while attending Harbor Springs High School, and met Grace Halter there. They were married in August of 1958. He received his B.A. in music from Temple University and ministered in churches in Illinois and Sparta.
After moving to Rockford in 1971, Dick and his family became involved with Rockford Baptist Church, where Dick was the music director. Besides directing the choir, he was a soloist for numerous weddings and funerals. Along with these duties, he was a painter and contractor, and later worked for Amway for 17 years.
He was solid in his belief in Christ, a strong family man, and a hard worker. Many people of the community remember Dick running the streets of Rockford, and he was very proud of his three completions of the Boston Marathon. He was involved in the early establishment of the Friends of the White Pine Trail and served on the board until the present. Many of the projects on the trail bear his handiwork.
He was a devoted husband to his wife, Grace, of more than 50 years. They have attended Calvary Church since 1990.
He was an exceptional father to Melodee Wagen and her husband David Kilroy of Lexington, Mass., Joy and her husband Jim DeBoer of Grand Rapids, Carol Wagen and her husband Scott Carey of Rockford, Lt. Col. Rick Wagen and his wife Lt. Col. Carey Wagen; special grandfather to Toby Kilroy, Nathan Kilroy, Krystle DeBoer, Eric Carey, Lucas Carey, Grace Carey, Jared Wagen, and Christian Wagen; brothers and sisters, Hilda (Leo) Grossman, Max (Norma) Wagenschutz, John (Ruby) Wagenschutz, Wilbur (Carol) Wagenschutz, Mrs. Wilma Powers, Barb (Floyd) McKaye, and Dorothy (Don) Honeyseppe. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Wagenschutz, and sisters, Letty Johnson and Joan Steelman.
The service for Dick was Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Couch officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of White Pine Trail.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.