Edwin K. Wagenschutz, 72, of Petoskey, died January 5, 2022, at home with family by his side.
Ed was born April 29, 1949, the son of John and Mary (Mack) Wagenschutz. He grew up and attended high school in Harbor Springs. Ed proudly served his country in the United States Army.
On November 15, 1980, he married Debbie Bascom. Together, they started a family and built a home. Debbie and Eddie recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary.
Ed owned and operated a carpentry business “Blue Bay Builders” from 1989 until his retirement in 2010. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting, fishing, and playing cards with his buddies on Friday nights. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Petoskey. He was always full of smiles, ready to tell a good joke or unbelievable story. He loved making connections with people around him. He was famous for saying, “There’s nothing more important in life than people. Always make time for people.”
The people who knew and loved him most include his wife, Debbie Wagenschutz of Petoskey; his children, Eric (Mary Lake) Wagenschutz of Wolverine and Abby (Trevor) Rogers of Alanson; granddaughters, Penelope and Caroline Rogers; siblings, Fred (Helen) Wagenschutz and Patty (Jay) Steffel; many half siblings; and numerous nieces and nephews – the truth being, Ed was blessed with too many family members to list.
He is preceded in death by his son, Aaron Wagenschutz; and by his sister, Elizabeth Rocek; many half-brothers and half-sisters; and nephews.
His family is planning a memorial gathering at his home (9174 East Mitchell Road, Petoskey, MI 49770) for his birthday, April 29, 2022. All are welcome to attend.
Friends wishing to make a charitable donation in his memory are asked to consider a suicide prevention organization of your choice.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255
Arrangements are in the care of Stone Funeral Home.
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