Mr. Wagner had worked as a technical advisor for Chrysler for more than 37 years, and later at Johnson Controls for over 6 years. He also worked part time as a security guard at Belle-Clair Fairgrounds. He was an easy-going man with a great sense of humor. Ken enjoyed stock car racing and was a former Allied Auto Racing Association racer at Belle-Clair Speedway. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing and riding motorcycles. Ken was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Marie E. Wagner, nee Hession, whom he married on December 19, 1959, and who died on March 6, 2008; his parents, John and Margaret, nee Kassebaum, Wagner; a granddaughter, Jessica Muniz; and a brother, John Richard Wagner.
Surviving are his five children, Elaine M. Wagner of Belleville, IL, Julia (Roger) Schilling, of Waterloo, IL, Steve K. Wagner, Jr. of Gorham, IL, Nancy E. (Terry) Mueller of Fairview Heights, IL, and Sharon K. Wagner (Gregory Dunning) of Key West, FL; six grandchildren, Megan (Aaron) Gregson, Caleb Schilling, Ian (Jill) Fiedler, Katie (Cooper) Anderson, Joshua (Tiffany) Muniz, and Katelynn (Zac) Smith; five great-grandchildren, Ellie and Olivia Gregson, Phoenix Anderson, Paxton Muniz, and Fox Smith; a sister, Carolyn (Wayne) Munie of Troy, IL; a brother, James C. Wagner of Santa Rosa, CA; nieces and nephews; and his dog, Brizzly.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD, or the Belleville Area Humane Society, or the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 25, 2022, at St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.