Raymond J. Wagner (Ray) passed away April 21, 2019

Raymond J. Wagner (Ray) died early Easter Sunday morning (April 21, 2019) at his home in Hollywood Heights. He was born on January 21, 1955, in Newark, New Jersey.

During his late teens, taking his banjo with him, he hitched all around getting to know the United States.

At adulthood he took two steel-worker-related-job trips to Japan, a place he fell in love with. Performing back home in the U.S. he pursued his guitar, banjo and harmonica, singing, creating songs, writing for publication, gardening and composting, reading and becoming a Catholic-turned-Buddhist.

Ray's two sons, Kurt Wagner born in 1983 and Russell Wagner born in 1987, participated in Ray's marriage service with Delcie Southall in 1996, and she became the boys' step-mother. Ray's father Joseph Wagner, Sr., and mother Bernadette (now both deceased) had four more children in addition to Ray: Joseph Wagner, Jr., Theodore Wagner, Robert Wagner, Susan Bartko and Mark Wagner.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019, at 12PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with Reverend Laurie Hartzell officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Run Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, April 29, 2019, from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Raymond’s family in c/o Delcie Southall. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. 

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