My dad left this earth on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 due to complications from COVID.
Clarence E. Wagner Jr., was born May 14, 1933 to Clarence and Erma Wagner of Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania. He attended East Donegal High School where he graduated in 1951. After graduating he joined the United States Navy. On Sept. 14, 1953 he had fallen in love and married Minerva Jean Buller.
He is survived by his four children, Debbie Murray, Kathy Wakefield, Karen (Tony) Odermatt and one wonderful son named Clarence E. Wagner III (bet you can tell who is writing this obituary!). He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
After serving in the military for 22 years, he attended Southwestern College where he earned a Pre-Law degree with a minor in English. He was on his way to law school when my mother fell ill. He postponed his plans in order to take care of her. He worked at 32nd Street Naval Station as Comptroller Technician at the Public Works Center until he retired in 1995. Minerva had passed away on Dec. 20, 1992 after a long and lengthy illness.
In 1993 he fell in love and married Patricia Sandoval, who from a previous marriage had two sons, Dal Sandoval and Kendal Sandoval.
My dad was an avid stamp collector and history buff. He attended St. James Lutheran Church for 50 years. While he was there, he volunteered as the Church treasurer, an usher, elder, a board member for the St. James Plaza and on occasion he taught Sunday School. One story I recall was when the pastor needed a volunteer for some special occasion, my dad stood up in front of the entire congregation and said with a loud, booming voice “My boy would be glad to do that for you!” And in case you are wondering, I was the boy. (Got to love him).
He was a good father and an honest man - even to a fault. He protected us and never put any of his children in harm’s way. We had a roof over our heads, food in our stomach, clothes on our back, and he disciplined us when we needed it.
Lastly, I would like to end his obituary with a Bible verse from Revelations 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eye, There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” This is not the end for my dad; it is just the beginning in Heaven.
A family service will be held at Fort Rosecrans with full military honors on Friday, May 14. On Sunday, May 16, there will be a memorial service at St. James Lutheran Church, 866 Imperial Beach Boulevard. A reception will follow at the home of Karen and Tony Odermatt.
by Clarence E. Wagner, III,