Melvin Wagner

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Melvin Lee Wagner, 90, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at Jefferson City Manor Care Center.

He was born Nov. 18, 1917, in Cape Girardeau, son of William Flay and Clara Katharina Magdalena Koeppel Wagner. He was married June 2, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, to Dorothy Anna Nothdurft, who survives at the home.

Mr. Wagner was a 1936 graduate of Central High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University.

He was employed as maintenance engineer at International Shoe Co. in Cape Girardeau and St. Louis. In 1970 he was transferred to the footwear distribution center in Jefferson City, where he retired in 1983 after 45 years of service in the shoe industry.

While in Cape Girardeau he represented the shoe company in negotiations and in building the Cape Girardeau flood wall by serving as president of the North Main Street Levee District.

He was a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau where he was confirmed in 1928, and a member of First United Methodist Church, Jefferson City. He was active in Boy Scout Troop No. 2 and Cub Scout Pack No. 6, both in Cape Girardeau.

He greatly enjoyed fishing and reading.

Other survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn D. and David Hubbard, Cape Girardeau; two sons and a daughter-in-law, David L. Wagner, Jefferson City, Charles W. and Sandra Wagner, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla.; three grandsons and their wives, Charles E. and Jacqueline Wagner, Columbia, Ill., Scott D. and Melissa Hubbard, Cape Girardeau, Brian C. Hubbard, Cape Girardeau; a stepgranddaughter and her husband, Donna and Paul Christian, Tampa, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Joshua and Britney Hubbard, Amelia and Eli Wagner; two sisters-in-law, Bernice Wagner and Charline Caldwell, both of Cape Girardeau; three nephews, Robert Wagner, Jackson, John Caldwell, Cape Girardeau, and Stuart Caldwell, New York City, N.Y.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Delmar A. Wagner, and a niece, Anita Wagner Parrish.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Jefferson City, with the Rev. Daniel Hilty officiating.

Entombment will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cape Girardeau County Memorial Park Mausoleum, with the Rev. Scott Moon officiating.

Visitation will be from noon until time of the service today at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church Television Ministry, 201 Monroe St., Jefferson City, Mo., 65101, or Grace United Methodist Church, 521 Caruthers Ave., Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63701.

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