Dr. John-Wager-Obituary

Photo courtesy of Steuerle Funeral Home - Villa Park

Dr. John Wager

Age 66

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Remembering Dr John Wager today. John was my shipmate on Semester at Sea Spring 2008 voyage. Remember John as a good friend, philosopher and travel buddy. May he sail on in love and peace.

Just learned of John's passing today, which woukld have been his 67th Birthday. I knew John as a fellow travler and teacher on the Semester at Sea in Spring 2008. He was a very thoughtful and kind man who was well loved by his students and fellow faculty. I am very saddened by his passing and extend my sympathies to his family and friends.


Marilyn Pennell
Semester at Sea Spring 2008

I am so saddened to hear the passing of John. My prayers go out to the family.

I was fortunate to have attended Triton College when the Intervisions interdisciplinary program was in its second year at the college. It was a wonderful program taught by gifted teachers such as John Wager, Richard Steele, Allen Salzman, Mary Kay Kickels and others.

John and the rest were responsible for rejuvenating my interest in school. They helped give me direction to finish with an...

During the 1980's, John & I served on the Adult Education Committee at Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, IL. He was such a gentle, caring man for whom I had the highest regard. I did not know about his life experiences before then until I read the wonderful article in the Chicago Tribune today. I am so grateful to have known John while he & his family were at Grace. My thoughts & prayers are with John's family now.

I knew John from his days of assisting at Oswego Playhouse. He was an intelligent man with gentle ways and a good sense of humor. I'm glad to know he is at peace. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Thank you for making his last years on earth wonderful ones. Jill Orr

A very thoughtful, highly student-centered and remarkable teacher and colleague. We'll miss you dearly, John.

Our deepest condolences to the family.

Hearts that mourn are so very fragile......please take care of yours.
Christina Pignataro

I trust that the Lord will lift you up and that you will be blessed with His peace. You have my prayers and sympathy.

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.


Dr. John's Obituary

Dr. John Butler Wager, age 66, PhD of Philosophy from Northwestern and Professor Emeritus at Triton College. U.S. Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War. Author of "Quiet Year at War" (2008). Beloved husband of Vicky Edwards. Loving father of Tori Wager (Paul Corrado). Dear step father of Ben (Elisa) Gehrt, Nathan (Shannon) Gehrt and Amanda Gehrt. Dearest grandpa to Gianna and Audrianna Corrado. Step-grandpa to Sophia, Benjamin, Kylee, Jackson and Emerson Gehrt. Fond brother of David (Rev. Melodie) Wager and Mary Ellen (Michael) Stahr. Memorial visitation on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 3-9 p.m. with memorial service 8:00 p.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park, IL. Dr. Wager was an active member of The Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS), Past President of The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), Mensa and a World Traveler. Memorials to Semesteratsea.org appreciated. For additional information 630-832-4161.

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