Steven “Ken” Wagner

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Steven K. “Ken” Wagner, 81, of Belleville, IL, born July 18, 1940, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at his residence.

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

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.



3 Comments on Steven “Ken” Wagner

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kassebaum said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2022 at 10:00 PM

Our condolences to the Wagner family. Please take comfort in knowing Ken has completed his sacred pilgrimage on earth and now he rests in the loving arms of Jesus Christ.

  • Foster City
  • Ca.
Leanne Reed said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2022 at 12:20 PM

May he Rest In Peace. I have been thinking about him a lot and had the pleasure of talking to him not that long ago! He will be missed by many. An angel has gained his wings. Time to rest now and will always be a special person to me

  • Marion
  • Illinois
William Fiedler said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2022 at 8:29 PM

I remember Ken as being a really nice man to whoever he met. He never had a negative think to say about anyone. Always quick with a laugh and would help you however he could. Truly one of a kind and will be missed by all.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois

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