Richard D. Wagner, 90, of Hazlet, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, August 16, 2021, at Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel. Richard was born on July 26, 1931, in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, where he grew up. On August 14, 1955, Richard and his wife, Marjorie, were married and shortly after began their lives together in Hazlet, New Jersey to raise their family.
Before his retirement, Richard worked as a self-employed flooring specialist for many years. He was also a proud United States Army Veteran, having served our country during the Korean Conflict. Earlier in Richard’s life before moving to New Jersey, he played semi-pro football in Pennsylvania. He also coached Little League in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania and was a part of the Forest Fire Service.
While living in Hazlet, Richard was an extremely active member of his community. He was a member of the 504th Military Police, the Disabled American Veteran’s (DAV), and American Legion Post #23. In 1963, Richard began his volunteer career with Hazlet Fire Co. #1. Over the years, he acted as their Chief, President, Fire Police, and trustee. He also held the position of Fire Chief and Fire Commissioner with Hazlet Township. While his daughters were attending school, Richard was a Hazlet PTA member and one of the original Raritan High School band parents. He was also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity with many years of service. In his spare time, Richard enjoyed traveling the world and watching his favorite sports team, the Pittsburg Steelers.
He was predeceased by his parents, Leroy and Goldie (Heckman) Wagner, and his siblings, William Wagner, Phyllis George, Audrey Gogel, Marlene Wagner, and Walter Wagner. Richard is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 66 years, Marjorie (Hewitt) Wagner, his loving daughters, Sharon Wagner Stewart of Florida, and Karen Wagner of Florida, his sisters, Margaret Minichino, and Carolyn Powell, his cherished granddaughter, Jennifer Theinert Travis and her husband, Trevor, and his adoring niece, Donna Daukshus, along with many more treasured nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 3269 State Highway/Route 35 North, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730. There will be services offered by the American Legion and Hazlet Fire Co. #1 during the visitation hours, as well as military honors. In respect of Richard’s wishes, he will be privately cremated. In lieu of flowers, donations in loving memory of Richard to Hazlet Fire Co. #1, Hazlet First Aide, American Legion Post #23, and/or St. John’s United Methodist Church, would be greatly appreciated. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit, www.shorepointfh.com.
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