Rusty Wagley, Sr.

Jan 25th, 1951 - Jul 16th, 2021


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Tue, Jul. 20th, 2021 11:00 AM ~ 1:00 PM


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Tue, Jul. 20th, 2021 1:00 PM


Herrin City Cemetery

Tue, Jul. 20th, 2021 2:00 PM

Rusty Wagley, Sr.

Herrin- Rusty Leon Wagley, Sr., age 70, of Herrin, passed away at 3:20am on Friday, July 16, 2021 at his home in Herrin.

Rusty was born in Herrin on January 25, 1951, the son of Earl Lavern and Elma Tessie (McGuire) Wagley. He married Joy Layuna Gossage in Herrin on December 2, 1967. Together, they have shared more than fifty-three years of marriage.

Rusty had worked in the coal mines and also at Norge. He had worked mostly as a roofer and was the owner of RW and Sons Roofing Company.

Prior to his retirement, Rusty earned his living as a roofer.

Survivors include his wife- Joy Wagley of Herrin

Son- Shawn Wagley and fiancé Patty Hampton of Carterville

Son- Louis Wagley, Sr. and wife Rachel of Herrin

Son- Rusty Wagley, Jr. and Carrie Smith of Herrin

Daughter-in-law- Tracy Wagley

Grandkids- Shawna and Aaron, Tori and Dylan, Louis Jr, Destinee, Dalton, Hunter and Amiyah, Jade, Jessie, and Juniper

Great Grandkids- Kennedy, Evelynn, Lily Ann, Madysyn, Roman, Xzayver, Daylon, Jakyia, Savanna, Keagan, Braxzten, Bricyn, and Tru

Two Brothers- Freddie and Red

Three sisters- Brenda, Valida, and Jeannie

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers- Bud and Carl Wagley, and one sister- Shirley.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Don Colson officiating. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 11am-1pm on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the family.

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11 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Patty Hampton

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: July 17, 2021

    My deepest sympathy to you all. Rusty will truly be missed. Love you

  • Guest: Jennifer (Jones)Morgan

    From: Hurst, Illinois

    Date: July 17, 2021

    So sorry for your loss Prayers for the family

  • Guest: Rhonda Fitzpatrick

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: July 17, 2021

    Prayers to the family so sorry for you loss


    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: July 17, 2021

    So very sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for the family.

  • Guest: Bill Bloodworth

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 17, 2021

    R.i.p. ole buddy. Condolences to the family. Had a blast working with Rusty.

  • Guest: Pamala Leonard

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: July 17, 2021

    This is aunt Shirley’s daughter Pammy. Mommy loved you and aunt Brenda so much, it’s not she didn’t love the rest she just really loved the two littlest ones she was like their mom. RIP Uncle Rusty. We love ❤️ u. Love Aunt Shirley’s kids

  • Guest: David Stucker

    From: Energy, Illinois

    Date: July 17, 2021

    Condolences to the families.
    Many good memories.

  • Guest: Virginia (Cooper) Damron

    From: Creal Springs, Illinois

    Date: July 17, 2021

    Prayers for and love all the kids and family.

  • Guest: Debbie Ginther

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: July 18, 2021

    An earthy family is broken but a heavenly one is reunited, I will see you again.
    You gave me many adventures as we grew up so close in age that I will always cherish. You helped me though many life changing moment, even if some weren’t the right decisions, but I could always count on you. My heart is broken 💔. I know you are in a better place with no more pain. ((HUG)) Grandma and Grandpa Wagley for me. Till we meet again R.I.P. Uncle Rusty.

  • Guest: Kathy Leeper Bell

    From: McLeansboro, Illinois

    Date: July 18, 2021

    Rusty was less than an Uncle and more like an older brother as he was only 2 years older than me. He was our Mother’s youngest brother. He was a fun loving guy and loved his family immensely! He always had a smile and loved to tease. He will be sorely missed by all. Our Mother is already passed and her little brother is by her side. Prayers to the family!

  • Guest: Debbie Hutchens

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: July 23, 2021

    Joy and family I’m so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for all. My condolences love you. Debbie Hutchens (Bailey)