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Richard D Wagner, Sr.
November 25, 1943 ~ October 8, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Richard Dennis Wagner Sr. of Forked River, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at his home on October 8th, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of unwavering dedication and service. Born on November 25th, 1943, to proud parents Eva and Jacob Wagner, Richard's life was a testament to his commitment to family, country, and career.
In 1967, Richard married his beloved wife, Janet Marie Wagner. Together, they shared a life filled with love, laughter, and the joy of raising their two beautiful children, Richard Jr. and Debra Ann. Richard's devotion to his family was evident in every moment he spent with them, and he cherished his role as a loving husband and father.
Richard answered the call of duty early in life, joining the military right out of high school. He proudly served in all branches of the United States Armed Forces, except the Coast Guard, a remarkable accomplishment that showcased his unwavering allegiance to his country. His military career began in the Seabees, where his dedication and sense of duty shone brightly. Richard's bravery led him to serve in Vietnam, where he faced the challenges of wartime with courage and resilience. After twenty-three years of honorable service, he retired as a Sergeant First Class in the Army National Guard, earning the respect and admiration of his fellow servicemen and women.
Following his distinguished military career, Richard transitioned into the civilian workforce. He dedicated himself to a new mission, working as a lineman and then an electrical inspector for Verizon, formerly known as Bell Atlantic. In retirement, he also worked in the electrical department at Home Depot, showcasing his unwavering commitment to his trade.
Richard is reunited in death with his beloved wife Janet, loving parents, and brothers. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Richard D. Wagner Jr. (Karen) and Debra Churchwell (Kevin); his granddaughters, Kyrsten Churchwell (Kenneth), Kylie Churchwell (Dylan), and Kendyll Wagner; his three nieces, Elizabeth Vazques, Alexandra Silivanch (John Sr.), and Kim Thompson (Eric); many great nieces and nephews, Emily Whitehead, Philip Weeks, John Silivanch Jr., Mayson Silivanch, Luca Thompson, Cora Thompson, and Sienna Thompson, and countless friends.