Wilbur Lee Hager, 81, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:05 a.m., Monday, June 16, 2014, at the scene of an auto-golf cart accident at the corner of Monroe and Conant Roads in Auglaize County. He was born Aug. 23, 1932, in Logan Township, Auglaize County, the son of Earl and Elma (Walther) Hager, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 18, 1955, he married Merlene J. Louth, and she survives in Wapakoneta.
Other survivors include, two children, Melanie (Scott) Hutcherson, of Winona Lake, Ind., and Jeffrey (Karen) Hager, of Wapakoneta; seven grandchildren, Kayla, Danielle and Jacob Hutcherson, Chris (Jeanette) Hager, Nick Hager, Nate Hager and Cori Hager; a great-granddaughter, Jane Hager; two siblings, Don (Claudette) Hager and Dorothy (Jim) Morgan, both of Lima; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ruthela Hager, of St. Marys, Sandy (Jay) Koenig, of Wapakoneta, and Larry (Joan) Louth, of Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Curtiss Hager.
A lifelong farmer, Wilbur retired as an engineer in 1994 from Ford Motor Co., Lima Engine Plant, after 39 years service. He was a member of the Bethlehem Christian Union Church, Buckland, where he served as an elder for 38 years and taught Sunday school. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Buckland Telephone Service Co. A 1950 graduate of Buckland High School, he was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. His first love was to his Lord, but he most especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, and farming.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 20, 2014, at Bethlehem Christian Union Church, near Buckland, with Pastors Kent Place, Bill Meyers, Joe Wenger and Daniel Messner officiating. Burial will follow in the Ft. Amanda Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W., Post #8445. The family will receive friends at Bethlehem Christian Union Church from 2-8 p.m., Thursday, and one hour prior to the service, Friday. Memorial contributions may be directed to the church. Funeral arrangements are being conducted by the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville.