Beams Funeral Home

200 W Toledo St Box 5, Fremont, IN


David Edward Wagner

May 26, 1951June 22, 2019
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David E. “Dave” Wagner, age 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on June 22, 2019 @ Parkview Hospital in Lagrange, IN. Dave was born on May 26, 1951 to his parents, Robert and Josephine (Casey) Wagner in Toledo, OH. His childhood was spent in Toledo, OH where he attended school at St. Pius X Grade School and St. Francis DeSales High School. Following his love for football, Dave earned a scholarship to attend Montana State University, only to return due to an injury. Dave enrolled in the US Army on May 6, 1971 and served his country in Germany until February 25, 1974. On September 24, 1971 Dave married his loving and devoted wife, Marilyn (Smith). Dave graduated from the University of Toledo in Engineering, and pursued and completed his Masters Degree from Eastern Michigan University. Dave’s engineering career led him to work in Toledo at Libby Glass, Dunbar Mechanical and Teledyne CAE. True to Dave’s spirit and love for teaching, in 1990 he began to share his knowledge of engineering technology as the Chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Owens Community College. In 1997 he transferred to Trine University (Tri-State) as an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology where he was responsible for creating and implementing the Masters of Science Degree in Engineering Technology. In 2011, Dave was named Professor Emeritus by Trine University. In 1999 and 2004, Dave received the Excellence in Teaching Award in Engineering Technology from Trine University. Dave had a love for all things sports. From his coaching days in little league baseball and football and St. Francis High School with his sons, cheering on the Michigan Wolverines, to his years of coaching baseball at Owens Community College and baseball and football at Trine University. In 1996, Dave received the District Coach of the Year award from the Ohio Senate for his 1995-1996 Owens Community College season. Dave was recognized for his remarkable ability to develop the talents and ambitions of individual college athletes. To students and players, Dave was always known as “coach”. Dave enjoyed spending time taking family road trips, boating, playing with his rescued Australian Shepherd, Riley, fishing, tinkering in the garage and tackling home renovation projects. His talents in design and structures resonated on the field, in the classroom and everything he encountered. Dave is preceded in death by his parents, Mother and Father-in-law Mary and Herbert “Smitty” Smith, brothers Stephen and Rick Wagner, sister, Linda DiCenzo. Left to cherish his memories is his wife of 47 years, Marilyn, sons Joshua (Stacey) and Ryan (Stacy) Wagner. Grandchildren Emily, Evan and MacKenzie Wagner. Brothers Ron (Anita), Kevin (Vicky) and John Wagner; Sisters Mary (Ron) Warns, Nancy (Doug) Mansor, Maggie Wagner, Judy Russell, Beth Wagner, and Amy (Chad) Rupp. Sister in laws Carolyn (Jerry) Harris, Jenny Wagner, Brother in laws Ken (Jane), Mark and John Smith. Many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends from 12 – 3 pm on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Beams Funeral Home, 200 Toledo Street, Fremont, IN (260.495.2915). Funeral services will at 3:00 pm at the funeral home. Rev. Jon Bruney to officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Dave’s favorite charity Wounded Warriors (support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate).


  • Dave's favorite Charity - Wounded Warriors


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 26, 2019


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Luke Mazur

June 25, 2019

Some of the best of times spent with this man on the football field winning championships. Taught us a lot about toughness at a very early age. Still have my Toy bowl trophies proudly displayed in my man cave. Peace to the Wagner family.

With love,

Luke Mazur & Family

Doug Denney

June 25, 2019

Beth and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

The Staff of Myers Funeral Home, Huntington, IN

Chuck Schultz

June 25, 2019

Prays to the family ! You will never be forgotten coach ! There are so many St.Hedwig Football stories to be told ! Like when Mick told Ron Barnhill and I to go through the door and not around it and you looked at Mick and said you owe me a door !! Good Bless and you will always be missed !!

Jason Wiczynski

June 25, 2019

Praying for your family. You will always hold a place in my heart. Definitely one of the best. Thanks for the memories and guidance.

Joseph Sweeney

June 25, 2019

On behalf of the St. Francis de Sales entire school community, we extend our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of David. The Wagner family has a long history with St. Francis spanning four decades. The entire Wagner family is in our prayers.

Cindy & Rick Wells

June 25, 2019

Rick and I just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and your family during this time of sorrow. Our deepest sympathy, may Dave Rest In Peace.
Rick and Cindy Wells

Jon Smith

June 24, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Dave as a coach at Tri-State (Trine). He had the great ability to motivate his players, correct the errors, teach them to be not only a good player, but to be a good person. He was a mentor and friend to me, as he was to many. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wagner family.

Dennis Shonebarger

June 24, 2019

My wonderful memory or Dave goes back to our time at St. Francis DeSales High School when we played on the varsity football team together . I will definitely give Dave credit for being a very good football player as well as a leader who was instrumental in leading us to the City Championship of Toledo by his determination and spirit and skill at his defensive middle guard position. We would not have won the Championship without Dave !!! I believe he was a very good man who truly cared about all people !!!It was in his remarkable nature !!! Great people like Dave will always be missed !!! The very best to his wonderful family !!!

Marilyn Wagner

June 24, 2019

To my best friend, husband, father and grandfather. You are my rock. I have always loved you with all my heart. I will miss you terribly. I am so glad for all the good memories we have. I will see you in heaven. Rest in peace.

Dale Carlson

June 23, 2019

I will always remember Dave’s commitment to teaching his students to be the best they could be. I will be grateful for the contributions he made to the the then Tri-State Thunder football program as an assistant coach. Dave’s enthusiasm was infectious and our players feed off it every Saturday. My condolences to Dave’s family.


Wagner Family circa 1978


Army 1971


Married 1971


Grand Hotel in Mackinac


Building Maqgie's deck in Bear Lake


Baseball time


Owens Tech Baseball team


St. Hedwig football 1985


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