John Paul Wagamon, 70, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 45 years, Rose. They were married in Muscatine, Iowa, Nov. 7, 1968. Arrangements have been made at Fuller Metz in Cape Coral.
He is loved and missed by his children, Michael, Alan and Elizabeth; and by his grandchildren Whitley, Brock and Nathan.
John Paul Wagamon
He was born Aug. 30, 1943, in Iowa City, Iowa. After graduating from Muscatine High School, he earned an associate degree from Muscatine Community College. He served as president of the Iowa Automotive Wholesalers Association in 1990. He worked with many other automotive associations, and parts warehouse distributors. He was involved in many community organizations and clubs including the Masonic Lodge of Muscatine, and the Shriners. He also was a founding member of Shepherds of the Cross Lutheran Church.
After honorably serving in the U.S. Army from Jan. 19, 1965 to Dec. 22, 1966, he enjoyed a long career in the automotive industry. In Muscatine, he started as a service station attendant, then as an automotive parts salesperson at NAPA and then at Mill's Auto Parts. he soon partnered with Robert Logel to open B&J Auto Parts. He never forgot the loyalty that the Muscatine community showed their business. John and Bob later continued to serve their customers by opening a new store, JB's Auto Parts, and another store in Wilton, Iowa. After selling the businesses, he semi-retired and became an auto salesperson at M&M Ford. After a few years, he became inspired to end his semi-retirement and relocate to Cape Coral. to start an All-Tune & Lube franchise.
He showed his zeal for life by being a husband and father, dining with family and friends, attending car shows, fishing, golfing, racquetball, photography clubs, home improvement projects, rental property management, attending church and vacationing in Florida. Later in life he confided to family and close friends that his only true regret in life was selling his 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible.
A memorial service will be held this summer in the Muscatine area. Details will be announced soon. All surviving family members, friends, co-workers and business associates are encouraged to attend and may arrive by any means. But those who truly knew John are aware that he would prefer that you drive your car.
Send online tributes to: www.fuller-metz.com/obituaries/John-Wagamon5212279087/