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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 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. For info 630-832-4161 or www.steuerlefh.com.
Published by Chicago Tribune on May 29, 2013.
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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.
Marilyn Pennell
May 21, 2021
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
Marilyn Pennell
June 18, 2013
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 associate's degree at Triton and complete my bachelor's degree at a four-year college.

John was funny, enthusiastic and inspirational. The one year I spent in that program was the best year of college for me. I am eternally grateful to John and the others.
Rick Hibbert
June 7, 2013
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.
Carol Prinz
June 7, 2013
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
June 6, 2013
A very thoughtful, highly student-centered and remarkable teacher and colleague. We'll miss you dearly, John.

Our deepest condolences to the family.
Leke Adeofe
May 31, 2013
Hearts that mourn are so very fragile......please take care of yours.
Christina Pignataro
May 29, 2013
I trust that the Lord will lift you up and that you will be blessed with His peace. You have my prayers and sympathy.
Corky Geist
May 29, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
From the Staff of Steuerle Funeral Home, Ltd.
May 29, 2013
John was a valuable faculty member at Triton College. He was a colleague of mine and I thought he was a terrific mentor for our students. He will be missed.
Ellen O'Connell Rezabek
May 28, 2013
Vicky & Tori,
Continued thoughts and prayers for you both, as well as the rest of the family. I pray you're able to find peace of mind and heart knowing he is no longer sick and suffering. Uncle John had his quirks but that's what made him so very special. Love & Hugs, Marissa & Mark Fisher and Faith Williams
Marissa Fisher
May 28, 2013
Dear Cousin Vicky ~
May all the happy memories you shared with John help to carry you through this time of sorrow. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Sheri Riddle
May 28, 2013
Vicky, I truly wish I had the opportunity meet John. He must have been a special person as you have always been. I share your grief and hope that you learn to cope in due time. My family and I share our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Peace to you and prayer from me.
Bob Rottschalk
May 28, 2013
My Deepest Sympathies and God be with you and your family.
Phyllis Lindstrom Greene
May 28, 2013
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