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“Good honest mechanic one of the best! He learned from the best!! We are deeply saddened by his passing our sincere sympathies a special hug to Elaine ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Judy Repass Curtis Repass

“I knew Mel for most of our lives. Later on we used to have long talks about motor sports but mostly about his health. Mel was a great guy to visit...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Bradley Popejoy - Sterling, IL

“You are a good man Mel. I will miss you.Be at Peace of friend ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Margaret Maggie Newman - IL

“I am so saddened to hear of Melvin's passing. I've known him since he was a little boy running around in his Dad's garage. He was always a good...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Julie Mikki' Sutton - Pecatonica, IL

“1000 years ago when Mel worked at the speed shop I would loan him my motorcycle and he would let me drive his Duster hot rod. Fun times!He’d...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Mark Thompson - Friend

“Charlene Richardson , Maynard Richardson , Ashley & Nick Sweet ”
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“Gonna miss going to the car shows with Mel. We always had a good time at them. He was a true classic car guy. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Charles Tabor - Friend


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ROCK FALLS, IL – Melvin D. "Mel" Wagner, 63 of Rock Falls died Monday August 17, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
He was born on May 21, 1957 in Sterling, IL, the son of Billy D. and Carrie B. (Trivett) Wagner. He married Elaine Shepherd on October 17, 1987, in Rock Falls, IL. Mel worked as an auto mechanic for many years with the late Melvin Hohn and then he worked at Jesse's Auto Repair in Rock Falls. The past 3 years he worked at Allie Locke in Dixon. Mel enjoyed following NASCAR and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine; his daughter Nichole Gonzalez of Metamora, IL; his mother Carrie Blevins of Damascus, VA; his step father Bill White; one step brother, Jimmy Hunter; his grandchildren: Cameron, Olivia and Carleanna Gonzalez; his aunt Margaret Wagner Allen of Erlander, KY.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy; his step father Herbert Blevins; his grandson Colton Gonzalez; his first wife Janet; his paternal grandparents: Ward and Carrie Wagner; her maternal grandparents: Lepord and Ollie Trivett.
Masks and social distancing will be enforced for a 50 person at a time public visitation to be held on Thursday August 20, 2020 from 5-7 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.