History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
To lovingly and carefully guide you through one of life's most difficult experiences, the death of a loved one.
To help you adjust to your loss, and face with courage the changes necessary for you to return to a normal and meaningful life.
No two funerals are the same. Each family we serve has unique and important needs that we strive to satisfy. By working closely with your family we can arrange a funeral ceremony that will express the special, one-of-a-kind relationship that you shared with your loved one and help enrich the memories that you will cherish forever.
These core values guide our company, where the relationships we build through the trust we are given, will be proof of a successful company for our next generation.
A Long History of Dedicated Service
Our firm is considered to be one of the oldest funeral businesses in Michigan, and is certainly the longest continuously-operated funeral home in Lenawee County. For over 140 years, the Wagley Funeral Home has cared for families in our community. Throughout the tenure of our firm, our focus has been on personal, compassionate service.
The Everiss-Wagley Funeral Home, founded in 1867 by J.E. Everiss Sr., a cabinetmaker from Troy, N. Y., is one of the oldest funeral businesses in Michigan and the longest continuously operated funeral home in Lenawee County. Mr. Everiss was born in England and came to Adrian in 1854 after residing in upstate New York for several years. His firm was first located on South Main Street at the site of the former Christian Science Reading room. Today, over 140 years and six moves later, the funeral home is located at 1501 West Maumee Street, Adrian, Michigan.Joseph Wagley Jr., theformer owner, recalls stories of the early days when the Everiss family operated a livery service along with the funeral home and provided a taxi, ambulance and hears with tow matched teams of black horses. The livery business at that time was a larger concern than the funeral business. The Everiss enterprise also included chauffeuring people who traveled by train from the depot to the center of town.
In 1895, Everiss bought a choice piece of property owned for many years by W.H. Cleveland on the corner of South Winter and Church Streets. Needing larger facilities to house the growing funeral business, Everiss constructed a brick building at 6 WestChurch that same year. In 1899, he sold this property to the Bell Telephone Company and built another brick structure next door at 8 West Church Street. This building, now 118 Church, is occupied by Graphics Unlimited today, but for 33 years it served as the headquarters for the Everiss firm.
In 1900, Everiss’ two sons, Walter and Joseph Jr., became associated with their father in the business. As the years passed, they accepted more responsibility and in 1913 they formed a partnership and purchased the funeral home from their father.
W. Raymond Everiss Sr., was named president of the firm in the 1930’s and decided to move the funeral home for the fourth timein 1932, to a more residential district. The new address was 138 E. Toledo Street, just behind where the historic Croswell Opera House still stands. The beautiful funeral home with its adjacent seven-car garage no longer exists, giving way to a downtown parking area. In December of 1957, W. Raymond Everiss Sr. passed away and his son, W. Raymond Everiss, Jr., headed the firm. On September 1, 1958, Everiss decided to relocate the funeral home to the spacious site at 943 West Maumee Street, which is now the site of condominiums. Joseph Wagley, Jr., joined the firm in 1955 and purchased the funeral home from W. Raymond Everiss Jr. in 1968.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Braun, Sr., moved from Tecumseh to Adrian in 1929 and operated their funeral business, Braun Funeral Home, at 1501 West Maumee Street. Mr. Braun passed away in 1952 and the business was then operated by Mrs. Braun and her sons, Ed Jr. and Richard Braun. In 1986, Richard purchased Ed’s share of the business until 1991 when Richard’s son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Sheryl, bought out his father’s share. Keith and Sheryl Braun then sold the Braun Funeral Home to David Wagley in 1997, which made a family merged business, then named Braun-Everiss-Wagley Funeral Home. David Wagley, and his wife Barbara, bought the funeral home themselves, making it the Wagley Funeral Home in January, 2007.
Our Valued Staff
David Wagley, Owner/Manager
David W. Wagley along with his wife, Barbara L. Wagley own and operate the funeral home. David is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and has been a funeral director for over 25 years. He is a current member of the Kiwanis Club of Adrian and a past president. He attends Ogden Church and has served on past campaigns for the church. David can be found in his spare time fishing for salmon in Michigan’s northern rivers and enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Max and Tinker Belle. David and Barb have three grown children: Adrianne and her husband Patrick Kaplan, Austin and his wife Danielle Wagley, and Andrew Wagley.
Doug Tagsold, Manager - Tagsold Chapel
Doug Tagsold, licensed funeral director and manager of the Tagsold Chapel. The Tagsold family has been serving the Blissfield community for 4 generations, and is celebrating 100 years of service in 2013. Doug viewed Wagley Funeral Home's family values and high level of service similar to his and decided to partner the two generational firms together in 2010. Doug keeps busy sailing and working on his model trains. He and his wife, Diane, have two children, Steven (Jen) and Jennifer.
Joseph Wagley, Jr., Licensed Funeral Director
Joseph L. Wagley, Jr., “Papa Joe” served as funeral director for almost 60 years and got his start at a funeral home in Hillsdale while attending college. He works at the funeral home in many capacities, when he is not vacationing at his home in the south. He and his late wife Phyllis were long time residents of Adrian. Joe has four children, Pam (Tim) Henry, Jan (Doug) Stamps, Joe (Becky) Wagley, David (Barb) Wagley; 13 grandchildren 2 of which are in funeral service, and 1 great grandchild.
Barbara Wagley, Office Manager
Barbara has worked in funeral service for 21 years alongside the rest of the family. She is a lifelong resident of Lenawee and attends Ogden Church. Barb has a passion for food and enjoys hosting family get togethers at her home. David and Barb have three grown children: Adrianne and her husband Patrick Kaplan, Austin and his wife Danielle Wagley, and Andrew Wagley.
Jennifer Griffith, Family Service Specialist
Jennifer Griffith, administrative assistant, has been with Wagley Funeral Home since the fall of 2007. Jennifer retired from Morenci Area Schools after 34 years of teaching middle school students. Jennifer lives in Sand Creek with her husband Jack. They have three children, Jason (Kara), Carrie (Charlie) and Chuck (Stacie); they are the proud grandpa and grandma to seven grandchildren—Kyle, Tess, Charlie IV,Isabella, Amelia, Issac and Rose. Jennifer enjoys spending time with family, reading, sewing, helping people and keeping up with life. She is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she ministers to the Brookdale (Grand Court) residents. Jennifer especially enjoys her career at Wagley Funeral Home helping families in their time of need.
LeRoy Rockwell, Funeral Assistant
LeRoy Rockwell and his wife of 50 years, Mary Kathryn, are lifelong Lenawee County residents. LeRoy is a 1957 graduate from Adrian High School. He retired from Jones Transfer in 1991 where he drove truck with his father. LeRoy attends Jasper Bible Church and enjoys providing a cheering section for his grandchildren at their sporting events. LeRoy has worked for the funeral home since 1993 and has been an asset and a good friend to the Wagley Family. LeRoy and his wife, Mary Kathryn, live in Adrian and have three grown children, Dawn, Jeff and Tim; and four grandchildren. LeRoy is the longest continued working employee during David Wagley’s tenure, he was hired in February, 1993.
Olin and Margaret Miller, Greeters and Funeral Assistants
Margaret and Olin Miller are part-time greeters at Wagley Funeral Home. Margaret was born in Adrian, MI. while Olin was born in Jackson, MI. They were married on October 5, 1963. They have two children, a son, Larry and a daughter Laura. They are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren, Kyle, Garrett, Michaela and Mariah. Olin worked at Jackson Drop Forge in Jackson for 29 years and at Hydro-Bohn for 14 years, retiring in March, 2005. Margaret worked for Hudson Area Schools for 16 years and for the State of Michigan Parr Hwy. Correctional Facility for 14 years before retiring in December 2004. Olin enjoys spending his retired time hunting, doing yard work, traveling, antiquing and walking. Grandchildren, antiquing, traveling and entertaining are Margaret’s favorite pastime activities.
Rhea North, Greeter
Rhea North, a part time greeter at Wagley Funeral Home, keeps herself busy with her champion English setter, Gunner. Gunner is the therapy dog that visits many local nursing homes and frequents the Hospice of Lenawee Home. Rhea enjoys doing yard work and taking care of her older friends. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church. Rhea brings her genuine caring nature to all families in need at Wagley Funeral Home.
William Holtz, Greeter/Funeral Assistant
William Holtz was born and raised in Adrian, and has been a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. After serving in the Army, Bill married Julie Kirk in 1956, and her bonus was becoming a Lutheran. Their marriage was blessed with three sons who all live with their families within an hour of their home at Devil’s Lake. Bill retired from American Chain and Cable Company in 1986, and continued with the company for six years as a consultant. They were owners of Bill’s Market from 1983 to 1993. Bill enjoys watching all sports, playing golf and traveling. Also, spending time with family and eight grandkids (ages 24 to 5) is a favorite pastime. Bill began working at the Everiss Wagley Funeral Home in the early 1990s.
Dick Hall, Funeral Assisstant
Dick Hall is a long time Adrian resident, and former owner of Dick's market. He and his wife Barb, have 2 children and 7 grandchildren. Dick and Barb love to go camping with their 5th wheel, their favorite place being Ludington. Dick and Barb keep busy attending their grandchildren’s sporting activities.
Lawrence Marks, Funeral Assistant
Lawrence Marks is a long time resident of Blissfield, and has worked for the Tagsold family for over 21 years, and has helped with over 1,075 services. He enjoys auctions and likes to host family holiday dinners. He is a retired farmer but still helps his son, David, with farming. He has two children, David and Brenda, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, with one on the way.
Larry Betz, Funeral Assistant
Larry Betz has worked for Wagley Funeral Home since 2012. Larry and his wife Kathy live in Adrian. Larry was the minister at the First Church of Nazarene in Adrian for 11 years, and his wife Kathy helped in the office at the church. Larry works part time at Hospice of Lenawee as a Chaplin, and is a veteran of the Air Force.
Linda Calhoun, Greeter
Linda Calhoun has worked for Wagley Funeral Home since 2011 as a greeter. Linda and her husband Ken “Coach” both worked for Adrian Public Schools, Linda worked as a teaching assistant at Porter School, and Ken was the varsity football coach. They have 4 daughters and 10 grandchildren. Linda enjoys watercolor painting in her free time.
Susan Horn, Greeter
Susan Horn has worked for Wagley Funeral Home as a greeter since 2004. She has many part time jobs around Adrian including Bath & Body Works, and Tillotson’s Garden Produce. She has 3 children and 4 granddaughters. Susan enjoys reading books in her free time. Many of the beautiful flowers that sprinkle Wagley Funeral Home’s landscaping are Susan’s work.
Vernon Sell, Funeral Assistant
Vernon Sell started working with the Tagsold family in 2005. He and his wife, Linda, have 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters. Vernon retired from Ford Motor Company in Saline. He attends St. Johns Lutheran Church in Adrian. Vernon enjoys spending time around the house, working in the garden and taking care of the lawn.
Michael Sheldon, Funeral Assistant
Michael Sheldon, a life long native of Blissfield, spends his free time golfing and woodworking. He and his wife, Kathy, have 4 children and 3 grandchildren, with another due in March, 2013. He is a member of Blissfield First United Methodist Church.
Roger Myers, Funeral Assistant
Roger and Bev Myers have been residents of Adrian since 1973. While having had an interest in the funeral service since high school, Roger chose a professional career in the public sector. He is an alumnus of Eastern Michigan University with a graduate degree in the fields of public administration and political science. He served as Executive Director of Lenawee Community Mental Health Authority, retiring after nearly 40 years of service with that organization. Roger has served on various community boards and committees, and is currently is a member of the Board of Directors for Paramount Care of Michigan, Inc.
Roger has worked for Wagley Funeral Homes since December 2013. He and Bev are active members of Turning Point Church in Adrian. They have two children and are the proud grandparents of Chloe, Oliver, Hazel and Zara.
Roger Brock, Funeral Assistant
Born and raised in Adrian, MI, Roger Brock and his wife Cindy returned to the Adrian area upon graduation from college and have remained in Adrian ever since. Roger spent 10 years in manufacturing management and twenty five years in retail automotive sales and management. Since retirement, Roger and his wife have filled their days with family, friends and hobbies. The couple has two adult children and three grandchildren to help occupy their time.
Tim Judkins, Funeral Assistant
Tim Judkins has worked with Wagley Funeral Home since 2015. He is a lifelong resident of Lenawee County. Tim graduated from Tecumseh High School and is a veteran of the US Air Force. He is a member of Jasper Bible Church and an employee of the City of Adrian since 1996. Tim and his wife, Shelley, live in the Adrian area. They enjoy traveling and have made several trips to Florida where they enjoyed stand up paddle boarding and swimming with dolphins.