Bagley, Vincent

Written by David Green.

Pastor Vincent R. Bagley, 80, of Dennison, Ohio, died at his home Jan. 27, 2011, after a battle with cancer.

Born Aug. 15, 1930, in Lambertville, Mich., he was a son of the late Franklin Jacob and Mary Viola (Hammon) Bagley. On May 29, 1948, Vince married the former Marilyn Pratt with whom he enjoyed nearly 63 years of marriage.

Vince was a graduate of Bedford High School in the class of 1947 and began a career in cabinet making and woodworking, before answering the Lord’s call to ministry in 1955. He attended Huntington College in Huntington, Ind., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1960. He then went on to attain a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1963 and a Doctorate of Ministry in Theology in 1982. He had also obtained certification by the Scientific Marriage Foundation in 1970 and the Association of Christian Marriage Counselors in 1975.

Vince enjoyed returning to Huntington in May of 2010 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his 1960 graduating class.

Always following his calling, Vince served many congregations over his career which spanned 55 years. His first pastorate was at Clear Creek Church in Huntington, Ind., serving from 1957 to 1961, followed by First Baptist Church in South Whitley, Ind., from 1961 to 1968, First Baptist Church in Tekonsha, Mich., from 1968 to 1976, First Baptist Church in Morenci, Mich. from 1977 to 1985 (where he celebrated 25 years of ministry during his tenure there), and First Baptist Church in Buckhannon, W. Va., from 1985 to 1995. Most recently, Vince had served in various pastoral capacities at Park Christian Church in Dennison for the past 15 years.

He never lost his love for woodworking through this time, and he took great pleasure in leaving each parsonage he lived in improved by his time and his talents.

Vince loved to travel both for pleasure and to spread the Gospel. He was able to visit Israel on three occasions and experienced the thrill of climbing to the top of the pyramid at Chichen Itza in Mexico. He also enjoyed many vacations with his wife and family over the years.

Vince is survived by three children, Pat (and Angleo) DeCarlo of Schaumburg, Ill., Michael (and Pam) Bagley of Kaleva, Mich., and Kerrie Schaffner of New Philadelphia, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Mindy (and Michael) Joyce, Christen (and Steve) Groth, Jillian (and Dave) Perlick, Michael DeCarlo, Eric, Drew and Nicholas Schaffner, Alyssa (and T.J.) Sterzer, and Lianne (and Brandon) Gillespie; and 10 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Luke and Ryan Joyce, Jordan DeCarlo, Donovan and Ava Groth, and Christian, Joshua, Isaac and Lilly Sterzer.

Vince is also survived by six brothers and sisters, Frank, Jake, Jack, Doug, Virginia and Mary.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Phillip, who died at age 10, and Timothy, who died in infancy; and two brothers, Bill and Alfred.

A funeral service and celebration of his life is planned at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 in the Park Christian Church sanctuary, officiated by Pastor Scot Caley and Pastor Jim Yatzek. Interment will follow in Uhrichsville’s Union Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled at the church from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.

In keeping with Vince’s passion for missions, his family requests that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to Imagine Missions, c/o Park Christian Church, 236 Miller Ave., Dennison, OH  44621 and to Community Hospice, 201 W. Third St., Dover, OH 44622.

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