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Wagner, Michael “Waggy”

Wagner, Michael “Waggy”

November 22, 1952 — January 20, 2021

Michael Wagner “Waggy” passed away peacefully at home on January 20th, 2021. He was born November 22nd, 1952 in Lompoc, CA to Norvell and Coeita (Wheeler) Wagner. Michael’s love for life and his beautiful spirit brightened every room he entered. He will be fondly remembered for his captivating smile and generosity of heart. Michael loved his family, friends, and his country endlessly.

Michael had a diverse career beginning as a DJ at KDKD. He then joined the Airforce and proudly served for 5 years as a staff sergeant serving 1 tour in Vietnam, and earned numerous awards. Michael enjoyed a successful career with Western Union for 21 years earning high praise and recognition as a regional sales manager. He also worked as an assistant manager at Walgreens where he took pleasure in helping and interacting with customers and coworkers. Michael ended his career working with The Department of Homeland Security in the Kansas City area. He retired after six years when his health was impacted by ALS. He cherished all the friends he made during his time there.

Michael loved spending time with his wife Cheryl, family, and friends. He also enjoyed hiking, bicycling, golfing, swimming, gold prospecting, shooting with his brother in-law, and almost anything outdoors basking in God’s glory. Michael was an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Missouri Tigers football.

Michael is preceded in death by his parents Norvell and Coeita, sister Delores Lemons, brother Jim Wagner. Michael is survived by his wife of 14 years Cheryl Wagner (Kansas City, MO), daughter Kelly Johnson and her husband Jeff (O’Fallon, MO), son Kyle Wagner (Mulberry, KS), daughter Tami Dillon (Hutchinson, KS), son Jason Ross and his girlfriend Katelyn Litton (Kansas City, MO). His grandchildren McKinley Langlais, Tanner Dillon, Emma Dillon, Laney Dillon, Mariah Miller and her husband Seamus, Manning Johnson, and great granddaughter Sophia Miller. His sisters Linda Miller and Carol Killion and her husband Tom. Michael also had several nieces and nephews that he loved, but had a very special relationship with his niece Michele Miller (Kansas City, MO) whom he loved very much.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by a service celebrating Michael’s life at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, January 30th at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO, 64068, In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Pleasant Valley Baptist Church or to the ALS Association, Mid-America Chapter, 6405, Metcalf Ave. #205, Overland Park, KS, 66202.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by a service celebrating Michael’s life at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, January 30th at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO, 64068, In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Pleasant Valley Baptist Church or to the ALS Association, Mid-America Chapter, 6405, Metcalf Ave. #205, Overland Park, KS, 66202.

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We were blessed to meet Michael (and Cheryl & Jason) at our Starting Point class at Pleasant Valley. Michael had a heart for God and a sincere desire to know more about Him and to walk closely with Him. We could see his deep love for Cheryl and his family. Despite the disease that was ravaging his body, he always had a smile on his face, and would say, "I'm okay - it will be okay." His relationship with Jesus allowed him to live each day knowing, "it is well with my soul." Our prayer for Cheryl and family is that God will be your source of comfort during these difficult days, and that sweet memories of Michael will bring peace to you all.

Marty & Patti Edwards

All the times that I saw Mike he always had a smile on his face and was so pleasant. You could tell that he loved his wife wife Cheryl and his Extended family.Prayers out to Cheryl and family. Gods love surrounding them.

Barbara Daume

I didn't know Mike was in the air force and served in Vietnam. I am proud of him. He seems to have lived a full life. Kids, grandkids, and necies and nephews. You will be missed by many Mike.

Bessie ,Scott,Reberry

I was a High School classmate of Mike’s. I remember Mike as intelligent and erudite. Polite to everyone and an enthusiastic teammate. I very much remember Mike’s English composition on courtesy that inspired an all-school assembly intended to inspire everyone with those virtues he so eloquently espoused. I’ve often thought of Mike as a great example of a good person. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. My prayers are with Mike’s family and friends.

David Grant

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