Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Mark Willard Wagner (November 29, 2020)

Mark Willard Wagner, age 79, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Broadview Heights, Ohio where he had resided for several years after a lengthy illness.  Mark was born on January 13, 1941 in Greenville, Ohio.  He was the loving son of Mark Willard Wagner Sr. and Eva Eloise (Eikenberry) Wagner.  Mark graduated from Greenville High School and attended Manchester College.  A member of the Church of the Brethren, he was in the Brethren Volunteer Service from 1963-1965 in the College of Agriculture at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.  There he met and married the late Vivian Gail McSwain of Albemarle, North Carolina on December 27, 1964.  Mark and Vivian came back to his beloved family farm where he farmed for the next several decades.

Mark was joyful and saw the humor in everything.  He loved to laugh and was not afraid to get people laughing at his own expense.  He was an entertaining Euchre player, loved farming and being outdoors, collecting tractors, traveling, and, most especially, enjoying his grandchildren. 

Mark is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kristin Wagner Sweeney and Peter Henry Sweeney of Shaker Heights, Ohio; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly Wagner Biglow, M.D., and Michael Kenneth Biglow, Sr., of Brecksville, Ohio; grandsons Wyatt Henry Sweeney, John “Jack” Mark Sweeney, Michael Kenneth Biglow, Jr., and granddaughter Allison Grace Biglow; brother and sister-in-law, Gary Lynn Wagner and Dianna Kay Wagner of Greenville Ohio; sisters-in-law Janice McSwain Simmons of Hickory, North Carolina and Mary Margaret McSwain of Wilmington, North Carolina;  and several nieces and a nephew. 

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Dr. Fred Bernhard officiating.  Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. A  Memorial Service for family and friends will be held next summer when the service can be held safely and as an outdoor event.  

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Greenville Public Library or the Darke County Park District would be greatly appreciated.  

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