Carl Wagner, 73, of Tecumseh, died on October 9, 2012 in his home surrounded by his family under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. He was born February 13, 1939 in Tecumseh, the son of Clarence and June (Sammis) Wagner. On September 4, 1959 he married Kathryn “Kitty” Lidster and she survives.
Carl worked for Universal Die Cast in Saline prior to being the Raisin Township Fire Chief from 1970 to 1997 and was also an EMT specialist during that time. He was a trainer for Sweet-Soft Computer out of Iowa which was a fire department and EMS software billing system. Carl was the Raisin Township supervisor from 2004 to 2012 serving two terms. He was president of Lenawee County Fire Chief Association, and started the first ambulance service in Lenawee County through the Raisin Township Fire Department. Carl was a member of the Michigan Townships Association, and the Jackson Model Rocketry Club. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, wood crafting, building rockets and teaching Rocketry to the youth to ensure its longevity; he was known as “the recycler” for his use of recyclables to build his rockets. He was a self-taught computer geek and builder. Carl’s greatest joy in life was the time he spent with his family and many friends.
In addition to his wife Kitty, Carl is survived by two sons, Steven Wagner of Tecumseh, and Scott (Carolyn “Car”) Wagner of Port Charlotte, Fl.; a daughter, Michelle “Shelly” (Joe) Phillips of Tecumseh; two brothers, Rev. Merlyn (Janet) Wagner of Sandy, Utah, and Chuck (Brenda) Wagner of Manitou Beach; a sister, Janice “Jan” (Ken Swope) Carper of Sarasota, Florida; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Jonathon; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two nieces.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 12 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. Friends may gather at the funeral home on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. to form a procession to the Funeral Service which will be held at 11 a.m. at the Shirley Todd Herrick Tecumseh Center for the Arts (Tecumseh Civic Auditorium, 400 North Maumee Street, Tecumseh, Mich., 49286), with his brother, Rev. Merlyn Wagner officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Raisin Township Fire Department, or Hospice of Lenawee.