John Earl Wagner
June 21, 1930 ‒ February 20, 2015
Mount Vernon, Ohio
John Earl Wagner of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away February 20, 2015. The only child of Glen Lewis and Irene Schrader Wagner, he was born June 21, 1930, on the family farm, near Fredericktown, Ohio. He was the valedictorian of the Fredericktown High School class of 1948. At The Ohio State University he earned both his Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1953. He was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering fraternity and the Chi Epsilon civil engineering honorary
fraternity. He became a Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio.
At OSU he was enrolled in ROTC. The next four years, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers as a First Lieutenant, working on construction projects in both France and Germany. Following his service with the Army, he secured a position with Creole Petroleum, a subsidiary of Standard Oil/Exxon in Venezuela, South America. For eight years he lived and worked in Caracas and on Lake Maracaibo, where he designed oil rig platforms. Returning to Knox County in 1965, he contracted with the U.S. Government to build the Fredericktown Post Office. He then began to design, build, and manage apartments in Mount Vernon and Fredericktown, which he continued for the remainder of his career. In October of 1966, he married Nancy Workman, who survives him along with two daughters, Elizabeth
(Terry) Hults of Pelham, New York, Sarah Wagner of New Rochelle, New York, and a granddaughter,
Although he traveled with the Army, for his work in South America, and on vacation in the U.S. and Europe, Knox County was always “home.” On the farm where he grew up and learned the importance of hard work, his favorite project was making maple syrup, which his family had done for several generations. Always a gentleman, he was kind and generous to his family and friends. He was very proud of the accomplishments of his daughters and will be greatly missed.
Friends may call on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 2-3 PM at the Waterford United Methodist Church. A Memorial Service will follow beginning at 3 PM with Rev. Tim Parker officiating. Memorial contributions may be sent to the charity of one’s choice. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of John Earl Wagner.
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