George Wagner, Class of 1960

Posted Mar 06, 2023

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George Wagner ’60 died December 19, 2019. George was born November 14, 1928, in Columbia to the late Cleon and Caroline Andrews. George earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Otterbein University. During his time there, he was a member of Zeta Phi (Zeta) fraternity. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean era with the Fourth Infantry Eighth Regiment attaining the rank of Tech Sergeant. George retired as a social studies teacher from the Altoona Area School District having taught at multiple schools.

George was a member of Hiram Lodge #616, F. & A.M.; a member of the Valley of Altoona, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite bodies; a member of Jaffa Shrine where he belonged to the Patrol / Directors Staff and served as Illustrious Potentate in 2002; he served as the Jaffa Circus Chairman for many years; the Cabiri #106; and Altoona Court #70, Royal Order of Jesters.
Mr. Wagner was a member of Juniata United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school for many years. George enjoyed camping, traveling and reading.

George was preceded in death by two sons, Drew Scott Wagner, Kurt Allan Wagner, as well as grandson Jesse.
George is survived by his wife Joyce; his son Eric Wagner and his wife Gale; daughter-in-law Lee Poff; five grandchildren, Lauren, Drew, Karli, Joe and Lucas; and six great grandchildren, Oliver, Judah, Jesse, Marley, Thia and Miles.