George William “Bill” Agler
George William “Bill” Agler

SPENCERVILLE, Ohio — George William “Bill” Agler, 84, of rural Spencerville, died at 11:51 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, following a short illness.

He was born April 26, 1931, in Van Wert, Ohio, the son of Albert W. “Boots” and Olive May Partin Agler, who are deceased.

On Nov. 24, 1951, he married Betty J. Strayer, who died May 21, 2007. Then on Jan. 13, 2009, he married Margaret L. Kline Strawn, who survives in Spencerville.

Also surviving are two children: Tom A. (Sharon) Agler and Kimberly J. “Kim” Wood, both of Spencerville; five stepchildren: Cheryl (Mike) Zumberge, Dennis (Betty) Strawn and Rhonda (Mick) Stose, all of Celina, John (Denise) Strawn of Mendon and Christina (Brad Hull) Strawn, also of Celina; four grandchildren: Tom A. (Stacey) Agler, Jr. of Lima, Amy S. (Ron) Reineke of St. Marys, Megan E. Herold and Brian E. Wood II, both of Spencerville; six great-grandchildren: Koby, Gavin and Audrey Reineke, Chloe Agler and Bryce and Blaine Belcher; 13 stepgrandchildren, and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was a 1949 graduate of the Van Wert High School.

Bill was a long-time member of the Hartford Christian Church where he had been Sunday School superintendent and deacon. He enjoyed his Florida winters and camping. For 44 years he and his family owned and operated their lemonade stand at the Allen County and Van Wert County Fairs.

He had been a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge in Van Wert where he loved and was good at billiards.

He had worked on the Penn Central Railroad several years and the Allen County Engineers of Office and retired in 1986 as Superintendent of the Ohio Dept. of Transportation, Lima.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville. The Rev. Gary Hohman will officiate.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday.

Memorials are to the donors choice.

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