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Eugene and his wife, Lois, are natives of Detroit and were high school sweethearts. Of their five children, two have become the third generation in funeral service. Their older son, Kevin, like his father and his grandfather, went into business for himself the day he received his funeral director license, and like his father, started his career as an embalming specialist. Kevin and his family now own a funeral home in Roscommon, Michigan. Middle child, Elizabeth Findlay and her family, have now joined Eugene and Lois in the day to day operation of both the Cassopolis and Three Oaks chapels.
Eugene has amassed over 45 years of experience as a licensed funeral director. A graduate of Wayne State University, he is also a charter member of the Michigan Embalmers Society and a founding member and past president of the Independent Funeral Directors of Indiana, and a rostered clergy (Emeritus) in the Lutheran Church.
Eugene recently served as President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association (MFDA), the oldest professional funeral organization in the nation, representing roughly 1200 funeral directors serving 500 funeral homes statewide - three-quarters of all licensed mortuary science establishments in Michigan. He is the third funeral director from Cassopolis to be elected to this position. The first was J.J. Fischer in 1919 and the second was Thomas Connelly in 1971.
The Wagners returned to their home state of Michigan in 2010 when they purchased their funeral home in Cassopolis and they have been active members of the community ever since. Eugene has served the community in several capacities, including service on the Cass Area Utility Authority and Cassopolis / Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. Wagner was also elected to serve on the Cassopolis Village Council. They are active members of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Cassopolis.
In 2015 the Wagners purchased the funeral home in Three Oaks, returning both locations to ownership by the same family.