Darren Bagwell
May 16, 1967 - July 16, 2020
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Darren Bagwell passed away at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN on July 16, 2020 after a long illness.  Darren was born in Flint, Michigan on May 16, 1967.  He graduated from high school in Naperville, IL where he excelled as a student and competed on the tennis team.  Upon graduation he attended Kettering University in…

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Craig PCA left a message on August 5, 2020:
Darren and Duyen, we shared but a few moments, of a few days. The love I witnessed between the two of you will last a lifetime and beyond.
Lory Watson (née Mikula) left a message on July 31, 2020:
“They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind”~Tuscarora
Nabil Elsheshai left a message on July 28, 2020:
My deepest condolences. Darren was such a good person and it was an honor to work for him. He gave me my first opportunity on the buyside in my dream job, and was supportive and enabling thru my entire time working for and with him. I will forever be in his debt and am so grateful. I am so sad that he as passed. But I know he was important to so many and his life and memory will carry on.
Aric Ahlgren left a message on July 27, 2020:
I never met Darren personally but heard him speak several times and read his writing. It was always comforting to me to have a mind like Darren's working on behalf of my clients. My sincerest condolences to his family & friends.
Bradley Wuertz left a message on July 27, 2020:
My thoughts and prayers are with Your Family. I always appreciated Darren's thoughtfulness and the commitment he had to serving our members.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Shirley Quella left a message on July 26, 2020:
Romans 8:28 .".... All things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." My sympathy and hugs to the Bagwell and extended family that had to say earthly goodbyes way too soon. I grieve with you over the absence of Darren as the great pillar of your family that now lives on bigger than ever in your hearts!!! May God comfort you and rain His Mighty Blessings upon you all. To pray with you over many years in Bible study Duyen, made it evident how God ruled in your Faith and directs your path. May He continue to build your trust in him when you are weak. May your kids be consoled and all their needs be met miraculously by the Waymaker. Duyen, may the many stitches of love you have sewn prove a design of promises of Hope! Love to all- Shirley
Tracy Allis left a message on July 25, 2020:
Your strength and faith will help carry you through until memories shine bright. Your family is in our prayers. We loved going to Aunt Marty’s for Christmas and growing up was just that all of us there. We never imagine loosing you cousin so young. What accomplishments and beautiful family you have created.
Steven Ashley left a message on July 24, 2020:
I worked with “Bags” at Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee in the mid-1990’s. Though he worked in the epicenter of the Green Bay Packer territory, he remained an unwavering and unabashed Chicago Bears fan. One of my fondest memories was of him cajoling anyone and everyone to bet $20 on the upcoming Sunday’s Packer vs Bear’s game. Well the Packers were fortunate enough to win. The funny part of the story is that when you went to his office on Monday morning his door was closed and envelope full of $20 bills was taped to the outside of his door, with a sign saying….just help yourself. (For the record, the all-time record of the Packers versus Bears is 97-95-6). As a senior research analyst at Baird he was a member of the Industrial Team, the most strategically critical sector for Baird. Not sure exactly when, but around 1998 he wrote the definitive report on the emerging new concept of “Six-Sigma.” The report got a lot of attention, was comprehensive and groundbreaking in its day. Bag’s was obviously a smart guy! Later he moved on to Thrivent Asset Management in Appleton. We ran into each other over the years at Baird conferences in Chicago and one time not long ago in the elevator at Thrivent’s headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. Bags was a great guy, and I am so sorry to hear about his passing.
David Wojciechowski left a message on July 23, 2020:
Very sorry for your loss. I was a classmate of Darren at Columbia. He was a great person and will be greatly missed
Ravi R Nathan left a message on July 23, 2020:
My sincere condolences to his family. He was a friend and classmate of mine at Columbia. We reconnecting over the past year and I really enjoyed bantering with him.
Ravi R Nathan left a message on July 23, 2020:
My sincere condolences to his family. He was a friend and classmate of mine at Columbia. We reconnecting over the past year and I really enjoyed bantering with him.
Dan & Inez Marlowe/ Slaubaugh left a message on July 23, 2020:
We are so sorry for your loss. Darren fought a long, hard courageous fight and will long be remembered for his "never give up" attitude.
Jaimin Soni left a message on July 23, 2020:
My condolences to the Bagwell family.
Gordon and MARY JO SCHULTZ left a message on July 22, 2020:
Dear Bagwell family We know your pain, and pray for your family. please feel our presents this week end. Aunt Jo and Uncle Gordie.
Jerry Krueger left a message on July 22, 2020:
On hearing this sad news I reconnected with friends from Baird from long ago and we shared stories about Darren and his unique wit and humor. We watched a few football games on Sundays as he cheered the Bears and I would cheer whoever they were playing against, and then we'd do the opposite with the Packers. I like to think our 2x2 basketball games against Dave and Andrew came out about even. He liked to play the role of curmudgeon but we all knew he was deeply loyal and caring, which could be seen with his love of his family. He will be greatly missed.
Elizabeth & Bob Wendt & Family left a message on July 22, 2020:
Precious Bagwell Family, Our hearts go out you you and your family. Much love to all of you. Sending you all our prayers and blessings. If you need anything please let us know. XO -The Wendt Family
Kent Mortensen left a message on July 21, 2020:
I am not sure how long I knew Darren but I am thinking it is over 25 years. I was in sales at Baird when I met him and I actively marketed his research. He was one of the brightest analysts there at the time and developed ground breaking research around the concept of EVA (Economic Value Added). Darren was always growing into new areas and rolls. Most of all, he had an uncanny ability to find great investments. Often early, he had the will and determination to see ideas through when many would have given up. This tough mindedness served him well but often drove those around him crazy! I remember when Darren single handedly decided that enough was enough with the suit and ties at Baird and he instituted his own personal casual Friday policy. Eventually, Baird complied and the whole firm transitioned over. Thank you - Darren! His tough mindedness also came through with how he dealt with his kidney issues. Darren was always dealing with the significant life-long side effects of a kidney transplant. He may have mentioned various complications with his condition but rarely complained. I got the sense that his condition motivated him to get things done faster knowing his time was borrowed. He was very focused on providing for his family and making sure they were well taken care of. I know he adored and admired his wife Duyen. Darren’s outside passion was indeed sports. He loved baseball and the math behind it. He also was a HUGE Bears fan. Years ago, I had the pleasure of going to Lambeau with Darren for one of the classic Bear/Packer match ups. It was a freezing night and we were squashed amongst other rabid fans in the bleachers. It was also a tight game that went back and forth all evening – pure joy for true fans. I can see him smiling now, at the game, in the cold, such a great place and moment to be. That is how I will remember Darren Bagwell.
Adam and Sarah France left a message on July 21, 2020:
Thinking of all of you at this time. Sending peaceful prayers.
steve lawrenz left a message on July 21, 2020:
Darren was a remarkable person. I know from seeing it how much he cared for Marlena, Charlie, and Ace. I know without seeing it how much he cared for Duyen, Mac, and Kodi. I wish he had not had to suffer his illness, and I wish he was here now with those he loved so much. Farewell, old friend.
Karen Sutliff left a message on July 21, 2020:
I am so very saddened to read this. My heart goes out to Charlie and Marlena and the whole family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during your time of sorrow. This is so sad, I wish I had the right words of comfort to you all. They are in my heart. God bless all of you.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Vicki Stumpf left a message on July 21, 2020:
I am so sorry for your loss... thoughts and prayers to all of you. Vicki Stumpf
Rick Reed left a message on July 20, 2020:
I am profoundly saddened by Darren's passing. My heart goes out to Duyen, Mac, and Kodi. And also to Marlena, Charlie, and Ace. I am so sorry for your loss. Know that Darren was loved and that those of us who loved him will NEVER forget him. Darren was my first great friend - - my best friend throughout my youth. And he was loyal, perhaps even to a fault. Darren was the most loyal person I have ever known. Beyond that, he was always the best-dressed among us, despite what our high school senior yearbook superlatives had to say. He was an athlete and we played ALL sports together ALL year 'round. Darren was also an essential member of a great air band show (but you had to be there from 1983-5 to know what I mean). We thought about girls ... and wondered what it would be like to date one someday. And, did I mention, he was smart, scratch that, very smart. He drove me to be a better student and a better person EVERY day. Yes, Darren will be missed. There will be a huge hole in my childhood and I will commit myself to re-filling it with all the great memories I have of the kid in the picture I posted here.
Daniel P Allen Sr left a message on July 20, 2020:
So sorry for the Bagwell family. I don’t have words that can comfort you all but I can tell you that Darren is now in the greatest company there is. I didn’t know Darren’s wife or children but I do know the pain you all are going through. I also know the hurt Charlie and Marlena are going through as a parent, it hurts so bad. I pray that you all share the memories you have and the enjoyment you had with him. God bless all of you. Dan & Barbara Allen.
Debbie and Alex left a message on July 20, 2020:
Alex and I are very sorry for your loss. May God comfort your hearts now and in the future
Karmen & Darren Nash left a message on July 20, 2020:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bagwell families. God bless you all.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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