Ronald R. Bagley went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 16, 2020 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
He was born on November 26, 1937, in Van Wert, Ohio the son of the late Floyd Everett Bagley and Helen Margaret Elizabeth (Bricker). On August 9, 1959, he married Linda S. (Kirchenbauer) Bagley who survives.
Family survivors include his four children: Jeff (Kristy) Bagley of Van Wert, Jon (Joy) Bagley of Van Wert, Mark (Rachelle) Bagley of Van Wert and Julie (Quinn) White of Upland, Indiana; ten grandchildren: Caleb Bagley, Abigail Bagley, Katie (Chip) Marchland, Aaron (Becca) Bagley, Jacob Bagley, Haley (Josh) Gimre, Keanan White, Connor White, Drew Bagley and Maria Bagley; two great grandchildren: Kyla Bagley and Miles Bagley; one brother: James D. (Sara) Bagley of Sarasota, FL; three sisters: J. Coleen (Ray) Etzler of Van Wert, Diane (Larry) Webb of Van Wert and Janell (P. Leslie) Boroff of Sun City Center, FL.
Ron was preceded in death by one brother, F. Eugene Bagley and his wife Joanne E. (Edwards) Bagley.
Ron was a 1955 graduate of Van Wert High School. He then attended North Central College and Bowling Green State University for his undergrad and went on to receive a masters degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. Upon graduation from college, Ron’s first teaching job was for his father-in-law, Lester Kirchenbauer who was the principal of Van Wert Lincoln Jr. High. On July 1, 1962, he was employed at The Marsh Foundation at the age of 25 as a teacher. On June 23, 1972, he was named director of The Marsh Foundation School, where he served until August 23, 1991 after 29 years of employment with The Marsh. Ron was passionate about the Marsh Foundation, it’s history and it’s mission to serve young people. Ron formerly volunteered to serve as the official Marsh Historian and has been featured in various videos and historical documentaries about The Marsh Foundation. After he retired from the Marsh Foundation he became the Talented & Gifted Coordinator for the Western Buckeye Educational Center. Ron was a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for over 40 years. He was the secretary for the Van Wert Gideon Camp and was a long time member of The Gideons International. Ron was a past President of the YMCA Board of Directors, a life time member and was proud of the fact that his family had the first ever family membership.
Private services will be held at later date. A celebration of life for the public and family friends will be announced in the Spring of 2021 and will be held at the Ronald R. Bagley Auditorium on the campus of the Marsh Foundation in his honor. Ron will be laid to rest at Van Wert Woodland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make preferred memorials to The Gideons International or the Van Wert YMCA.
Arrangements were handled by Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert.
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