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PURCHASE AGENCY-Jim Wagner and Kevin Casper of the Wagner-Casper Insurance Agency in Marinette have purchased Eklund Insurance Agency of Peshtigo effective Friday, Sept. 15. Rodger Eklund established his agency in 1975 after college and his family has been involved with insurance for over 60 years. He Plans to retire and do some traveling. Pictured from left are Jim Wagner, Kevin Casper and Rodger Eklund as they transfer files to the new office.
Eklund Insurance Sold To Wagner-Casper Agency
On Friday, Sept. 15, Rodger Eklund Jr, will bid farewell to the Eklund Insurance Agency of Peshtigo, the agency he started working at 42 years ago. He is retiring and selling his agency to Jim Wagner and Kevin Casper of Wagner-Casper Insurance of Marinette effective at the end of this week.
"It was time," Eklund stated. "It's been a great 42 years for me, but with all the new technology demanded of agents today, I know this is the best way to go for all my clients. I wish the new owners the best." He encourages all his clients to remain with Wagner-Casper Agency, and expressed confidence the new owners will continue providing the good service they have been accustomed to. Eklund thanks all the clients he and his father had over the past 60 years and said he is looking forward to retirement.
His wife, Shirley, is still working at Bay Area Medical in Marinette, but Rodger said she also plans to retire in the near future. "I'm sure she will have a long list of things for me to do around the house," he joked. He said he looks forward to doing some traveling, and is particularly happy that he and Shirley will have time to visit grandchildren who live in distant states.
Eklund started his agency in May of 1975, very shortly after graduating from St. Norbert College in De Pere. Going into the insurance business was a natural decision for him. The Eklund family had been involved with insurance since 1929, when his great uncle Walfred "Bud" Eklund, started an insurance agency in Peshtigo. Rodger's late father, Rodger Eklund Sr. bought that agency in 1958 and ran it until it was sold in 1985.
The Wagner-Casper Agency has a similar family history. Jim Wagner's father, Richard, founded the Wagner Agency in Marinette in 1960. Jim started working there in 1988 and purchased the agency in 1995. In 1994, Kevin Casper became an employee at the Wagner Agency. He became a partner in 1998, and the name of the business was then changed to Wagner-Casper Insurance Agency. In that same year they expanded and purchased the Steinbrecher Insurance Agency of Peshtigo and moved that business to their Marinette office.
As to their decision to buy the Eklund Agency, Casper commented, "We knew Rodger was looking to retire and we thought it would be a great fit for our agency. We represent many of the same companies that Rodger already had, and with the two firms combined we can offer even more companies."
Both Wagner and Casper said they look forward to meeting and serving the Eklund Insurance customers. "Rodger did a great job and we hope to expand on that," Casper declared. Currently there are five full time people in the Wagner-Casper office at 2017 Marinette Ave. in Marinette. They are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 715-735-9506.