Harold Lloyd Wagler went to be with the Lord May 19 at the General Hospital in Nanaimo, B.C. Loving husband of 60 years to Mable (nee Alton), dear father of Anita (Ron) Spohr, Wanda (Ray) Blusiewicz, Barry (Janis) Wagler and Kerry (Sandi) Wagler.
He is sadly missed by six grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is also survived by his brother Ken (Brenda) of RR#5 Embro, Ontario and sisters Joyce (Lloyd) Wicke of Stratford and Joan (Len) Habermehl of Waterloo as well as several nieces and nephews. He was born in North Easthope Township 84 years ago, son of the late David and Ida (Kipfer) Wagler of Tavistock.
Committal and Memorial services were held Friday, May 22, 2009 in Nanaimo, B.C.
Harold and Mable moved their family to the Salmon Arm area in the early 70’s. Harold worked as a carpenter/builder in Salmon Arm and the Tappen area and for a time had a home-based health food and supplements store. Harold was an exacting craftsman but his real passion was in preaching the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ. He and Mable were responsible for planting several churches in Ontario and northern Alberta as self supporting missionaries. In the early 80’s they joined an independent fellowship of Christians meeting at the Carlin School where Harold became the main Bible teacher. Within a few years the fellowship moved to the Salmon Arm West School where they met for about 15 years. As others joined the group and took on some of the leadership responsibilities, Harold again took on an itinerate preacher role travelling throughout the Okanagan, Lower Mainland and even down to California. Six years ago the group of Christians known as ‘Community Bible Fellowship’ were able to build their own facility at 3481 10th Ave. SE and the building was named ‘Little Mountain Bible Chapel’.
As the years caught up with Harold and Mable they decided to move to Nanaimo to be closer to family and enjoy a milder climate. They are missed by many here in Salmon Arm. Harold loved his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, he loved his family, he loved his church family and he loved those who needed to hear the good news that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture.” He is now with the Lord he loved. May his ministry continue to bear fruit through those he led to faith in Christ. May the “God of all comfort” bring peace to the hearts of all those who mourn the passing of our brother in Christ, Harold Wagler.