Kenneth H. Wagner, 87, of Mifflinburg entered into rest on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Evangelical Community Hospital. Ken was known as "Red" for his hair color and "Yogi" for his many years as a catcher who's skills were like his idol, Yogi Berra.
He was born December 30th of 1933 in Milton to James R. Wagner and Margaret (Young) Wagner, and on January 13th of 1962, he married Jean F. (Hackenberg) Wagner at St. John's United Church of Christ in Mifflinburg. Jean predeceased Ken by a matter of weeks, passing on March 28th of this year.
Ken graduated from Mifflinburg High School in 1951 lettering in football, basketball, and baseball. He was an exceptional athlete and especially a baseball player - playing 6 games a week in to his early 40s and earning MVP honors in the West Branch league in 1956.
After graduating, he worked odd jobs and delivered milk for Wehr's Dairy. Red enlisted in the Army on February 15, 1954 and served as an explosives ordnance expert until February 14, 1956. He completed basic training and schooling at Fort Hood, TX. He worked his entire professional career as a railroad man for Pennsylvania Railroad, retiring in 1996.
Yogi was well-known and made many life-long friends through umpiring baseball & officiating football at secondary and collegiate levels. He was an active & faithful member of St. John's UCC where he served on committees, as a councilmember and council President, and as a Sunday School teacher. He loved greeting visitors that came to St. John's during Christkindl.
The greatest joys of his life were his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Surviving Ken are four children: H. David Wagner of Mazeppa, James Wagner and companion Pam Deem of Winfield, Terri & husband Mike Miller of Mifflinburg, and Jeff & wife Angie Wagner of Mechanicsburg, seven grandchildren: Adam, Brent, Amanda, Brynn, Lance, Haley, and Erin, and nine great-grandchildren: Madison, Dezmond, Chase, Jailyn, Addlee, Acelynn, Zoey, Brock, and Jocelyn. Yogi is survived by three siblings: Dave and wife Shelvia of Mifflinburg, Tom and wife Elaine of Lewisburg, and Ginny Libby of DuBois. Also surviving are sister-in-law Janet Wagner of Oklahoma and brother-in-law Lyman Milroy of South Williamsport.
He was preceded in death by 4 siblings: Bob, Ed, Fred, and Janet Wagner Milroy as well as two sisters-in-law- Carolyn and Leona Wagner and a brother-in-law, Winston Libby.
Family & friends are invited to visitation from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, April 21st at Adamo Funeral Home, 16 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg, and a celebration of life service on Thursday, April 22nd at 11:00 AM at St. John's UCC. Please observe appropriate Covid restrictions and masking.
Family and Friends are able to view the service live on the church's Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ken's memory may be sent to St. John's United Church of Christ, 417 Market Street, Mifflinburg or St. Jude's, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, or MACST, Inc., 1900 Dietrich Road, Mifflinburg, PA 17844.
Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals • Cremations • Monuments, 16 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg.
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