George P. Wagner
George P Wagner, born February 1940 in Chicago, passed away peacefully January 2020 in Lincoln NE, with his daughters holding his hands.
George, after graduating from Loyola Academy, 1958 and the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1962, joined the Navy, serving aboard the USS Chicago during the Vietnam War. Upon his honorable discharge, George began a lifelong career as an engineer with Commonwealth Edison until his retirement in 2005. George loved, in no particular order: bowling, bad puns, good bourbon and stamp collecting. He was a member of many Philatelic societies and won several medals for exhibits he put together.
George is survived by his two daughters: Karen (James Lafler) Wagner, Anne Wagner, his granddaughters, nephews, niece and cousins.
Memorial services are being planned for both Lincoln, NE and Chicago, IL, with details to come.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking memorial donations be made in George’s name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate.
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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
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His love of puns and stamps are indelibly written on my memory of George. I will remember him fondly.
Karen, Anne, and families:
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your father from my visits to your house. I didn’t know that he attended IIT like my own father did. My God send you and your families extra measures of strength, peace, and love.
Dear Karen and Anne,
Probably because of sheltering in place, I have been thinking about your Father, who was my first significant love. I stumbled across his love letters, written over a few years when he was in the navy and I was in college. I hope it’s okay to mention this. He was also a good friend of my brother, John Cook, who attended IIT with him. I think they had lost touch with each other. My brother died in November of 2018. I decided to see if I could find George P Wagner, just to say thank you for being so important in my early life. And I just now found out he died, so very recently, and I am filled with emotion. My deepest sympathy to you and your families. If there is a service being planned for Chicago, after the pandemic is over, please let me know. Maybe I have already missed it.