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Richard John Wagener, 78, of Harleysville, formerly of Lehighton, passed away on Monday, May 26, in the Abramson Center, Montgomery Township.
Born in Detroit, Mich., he was a son of the late Albert and Sarah (Durbin) Wagener.
On June 8, 1957, he married Carol M. Hopkins, whom he had met at the governor of Michigan's Youth Advisory Board.
Richard earned his master's degree in social work from the University of Detroit and dedicated his professional career towards helping others. He spent 30 years with the American Red Cross, including 20 years as the executive director of the Essex County, N.J., Chapter.
He became a Rotarian in the 1970s and soon after served as the president of the Newark, N.J., Rotary Club, and later of the Lehighton Rotary Club.
During retirement, Richard and Carol remained extremely active in Rotary, including a term as governor of Rotary District No. 7410 and as current members of the Harleysville Rotary Club.
Surviving in addition to his widow are three sons, Daniel, and his wife, Susan, Thomas, and his wife, Danielle, and Robert, and his wife Erin; two daughters, Kathleen, wife of Jerry Weltman, and Suzanne, wife of Scott Cunningham; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Wagener.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Creighton and William.
Service: Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Friday, May 30, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 900 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale. Private interment, Holy Supulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Mich. Call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home, 667 Harleysville Pike, Telford, Franconia Twp. Contributions in his name may be made to The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Dr., Chicago, Ill. 60693. Online condolences can be offered at www.WilliamsBergeyKoffel.com.

Published in Times News on May 28, 2014
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