Edwin Bernard Wagner
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Edwin Bernard Wagner, 86, entered heaven peacefully on February 16, 2013, to be with his loving wife Virginia, following a hard-fought battle with pneumonia at Cox Medical Center. Ed was born on November 27, 1926, and was a lifelong resident of Springfield, MO. Ed and Virginia had a happy and successful marriage of 51 years, and raised 3 children. Virginia predeceased Ed and entered heaven in 1999.
Ed was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Navy. He retired from Southwestern Bell with 43 years of service. He was a charter member of VFW 3404, as well as belonging to Elks 409, Gate of the Temple Masonic Lodge, Abou Ben Adhem Temple, where he was a member of the Hospital Dads Shriners unit, Telephone Pioneers, and Knights of Columbus. In his earlier adult life, Ed liked to pilot airplanes, he played and coached softball, and he was an avid bowler and fisherman. In his later years, Ed remained very active, becoming an accomplished stained glass hobbyist, making hundreds of beautiful stained glass lamps for his friends and relatives, and donating many beautiful pieces of stained glass art to local charities for their fund-raising events. Ed continued to bowl and fish, and loved to take bus trips to area casinos with his friends. Ed was a generous, fun-loving, good man with a great sense of humor and many friends.
Ed is survived by 3 children, Mike Wagner and his wife Glenda of Springfield, Cathy Terwelp and her husband Tony of Kansas City, MO, and David Wagner of Lenexa, KS, as well as 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Ed is also survived by 3 brothers and a sister, John Wagner and his wife Mary, Al Wagner and his wife Velma, Bob Wagner and his wife Mary, all of Springfield, and Alice Allyn and her husband Bob of Wenatchee, WA, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 19, from 6:30 to 8:00pm, and the funeral service will be held at Gorman-Scharpf on Wednesday at 11:00am with Reverend Thomas Reidy, Celebrant, under the direction of family friend Don Lohmeyer. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. A reception will be held after the burial at VFW 3404 at 1136 East Atlantic.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the medical staff of Cox Medical Center for their excellent professional care of Ed. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Ed's favorite charity, Shriners Childrens Hospital of St Louis, 2001 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63131-3597.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole
Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20, 2013