Benjamin "Ben" Warren Wagner

Born: Wed., Sep. 19, 1923
Died: Sun., Feb. 23, 2014

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Thompsontown-Benjamin W. "Ben" Wagner, 90, of Thompsontown, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at his home. Born Sept. 19, 1923 near Milroy, he was a son of the late Herbert and Amanda Romig Wagner. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Minnie E. (Nearhood) Wagner, whom he married Nov. 13, 1948; three sons, Warren C. Wagner and wife, Connie A., of Mifflintown, David K. Wagner and wife, Debra M., of Mifflintown, and Robert "Bobby" E. Wagner and wife, Mary J., of Thompsontown; one sister, Rachael Sauers and husband, Joseph, of Levittown; eight grandchildren, Nathan Wagner, Andrew Wagner, Gretchen Wray, Joshua Wagner, Vanessa Elliott, Kristofer Wagner, Casandra Weikert, and Kurtis Wagner; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers, Ada Bashore, Ruth Shank, John E. Wagner, Esther Ferrell, Paul Wagner, and Miriam Henry. Ben graduated from Juniata Joint High School in 1942 and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked as a farmer, a plumber, at PrecisionWare and retired from the U.S. Postal Service where he was the mail carrier for RR 1 Thompstown for many years. He attended First Baptist Church of Juniata County. He was a member of the Tri-County Barons, a group that flew radio-controlled model airplanes. He was an accomplished woodworker who made toys for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed being in the woods and cutting firewood. But the most important thing to him was his family. They traveled, camped, spent time in Florida, and had picnics and chicken barbecues at their own picnic woods, in addition to many other family activities. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, at the First Baptist Church of Juniata County, Mifflintown, with Pastor Ron Shupe and Pastor Phil Persing officiating. There will be no viewing and interment will be at the convenience of the family in Locust Run Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Juniata County, 23964 Rt. 35 North, Mifflintown, PA 17059 or to Juniata Meals on Wheels, PO Box 251, Mifflintown, PA 17059. Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, has care of the arrangements and condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com

Memorial Service

(No Body Present)
Saturday, March 1, 2014 11:00am
First Baptist Church of Juniata County
23964 Rt. 35 North
Mifflintown, PA 17059
Friends and family are invited to gather in the social building of the church for lunch following the service.

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First Baptist Church of Juniata County
23964 Rt. 35 North
Mifflintown, PA 17059

Juniata Meals On Wheels
PO Box 251
Mifflintown, PA 17059

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Eric Sheerer
   Posted Tue February 25, 2014
So sad to hear of Ben's passing. I have fond memories of Ben and his whole family growing up in Centre. Ben was a good man who passed that goodness down to his children and grandchildren. Our community was richer for having Ben in it!

fred lauver
   Posted Thu February 27, 2014
Dear Minnie and Family, We do share your loss of Ben.....knew him a long time. Seems like he was our mail carrier for ever! Also one of my first fertilizer customers when first starting out as a lad...... Loss is a part of life. But because Jesus is "the resurrection and the life" (v.25), those who believe in Him will one day experience an end of all death and sorrow. In the meantime, He weeps with us over our losses and asks us to "weep with those who weep" (Rom. 12:15).......The following Poem is from "Our Daily Bread" devotion....It has always helped us when we lost a Loved one or a good friend or neighbor....Ben was both! And when we suffered the same loss you all are going thru now,,,,,, Give me a heart sympathetic and tender; Jesus, like Thine, Jesus, like Thine, Touched by the needs that are surging around me, And filled with compassion divine. - Anon. Compassion helps to heal the hurts of others. And Minnie, we Pray each passing Day eases the pain. Fred/Dot, Doug and Dane Lauver Family. Henderson Ky, flauver@att.net

Gene & Lois Crissman
   Posted Tue March 11, 2014
We are so sorry to hear about Ben passing . Gene enjoyed the fun time flying the airplanes with Ben . We both enjoyed the get times we had at the picnics . These are the things and more that we will remember of Ben . We hope that God is with you through this time . Thinking of you . Gene & Lois Crissman