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John L. Wagner

October 13, 1928 June 9, 2015
John L. Wagner
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PEORIA John L. Wagner, 86, of Peoria passed away at 1:17 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Methodist.
John was born on Oct. 13, 1928, in Sidney, Ohio, to the late Karl J. and Katherine (Dillon) Wagner. He married Margie Schlink on Oct. 6, 1962, in Peoria. She survives.
He is also survived by two daughters, Sr. Mary Lucia of the Carmelite Order in St. Louis and Susan F. (Kevin) Rouse of Yorkville, Ill.; one son, Karl T. Wagner of Arlington, Va.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, Kurt J. Wagner; his brothers, Fr. Hugh Wagner and K. Tom Wagner; his sisters, Ginny Ogren and Margie DeBrosse; and his daughter-in-law, Mariangeles.
John earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami U. in Oxford, Ohio, in 1951. He was a Korean War veteran and worked as an account executive for Avery Dennison for 39 years, retiring in 1995.
He was a past president of the St. Philomena Mens Club and was the school athletic director. He was also on the Parish Council, was a committee member of Scout Troop 18, and was a secretary of the Bergan HS Boosters and an officer of the Bergan Parents Board. At St. Philomena, he was currently on the parish Finance Council and was a Eucharist Minister for the home bound. At Peoria Notre Dame, he was presently on the Foundation Board. He was also an emeritus trustee of the South Side Office of Concern, in which he was very active, and was a member of the Peoria Area Religious Support Group.
John was a recipient of the St. George Award and the diocesan Pere Marquette Award in 2003. In 2005, he received the Annual John Wagner Volunteer Leadership Award from the South Side Office of Concern. In 2006, he was co-worker of the year for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception; and in 2008, he became a member of the Lehman High School Hall of Fame in Sidney, Ohio. He received the Lewis J. Burger Outstanding Fundraiser Award in 2014.
Most important in his life were his faith, family, and friends. He enjoyed playing tennis, downhill skiing, and working out at River City Athletic Club. He also enjoyed traveling overseas and learning about the art and history of foreign countries. He thoroughly enjoyed all his volunteer work throughout the years.
A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015, at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Father David Richardson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2015, also at St. Philomena Church. An additional visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception Retirement Fund, The South Side Office of Concern, or St. Philomena Endowment Fund.
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