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Jack Dean Wagner, 81, of 512 Walnut St., Mifflinburg for the past 57 years, passed away peacefully at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville on Friday, March 3, 2017, due to complications following surgery.

He was born May 31, 1935, at Geisinger Hospital to the late John K. and Alma Mae (Zimmerman) Wagner. Jack was the youngest of seven children growing up on the family farm at 97 Dieffenderfer Road in Cowan. Jack was married to the late Judith Ann (Shively) Wagner on Sept. 20, 1959, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mifflinburg by the Rev. Raymond Fisher. Judy preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 2012, after being together more than 52 years.

He attended the one room grammar school in Cowan, and graduated in 1953 from Mifflinburg High School, the last class to graduate from the old school located at the corner of Maple and Third streets. Jack served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict stationed in Regensburg, Germany from 1954 until his honorable discharge in 1956. He was very proud of his service to his country.

After the military, Jack worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Baltimore and Philadelphia. In 1962, he earned an associates degree in architectural drafting from the Williamsport Technical Institute. He worked in surveying for Kauffman, Naugle & Sheridan Inc., Buchart Horn, Inc., and Mid-Penn Engineering Corp. In 1973, he attained his Pennsylvania license as a professional land surveyor. In 1975, he founded what is now Wagners Surveying in Mifflinburg. Later, he partnered with his son, Alan C. Wagner, P.L.S., where along with another son, Eric, they continue the business. Jack also briefly worked for the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks as a surveyor. He was involved in many development and surveying projects throughout the Commonwealth, and was recognized for his diligent work, of which he was very proud.

Jack was a lifelong member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served as a councilman, teacher of the Men's Bible Class, and Sunday School Superintendent for many years. He served the Borough of Mifflinburg as a councilman from 1970 to 1981, and as a member of the Civil Service Commission for many more years. He was a lifetime member of the Buffalo Valley Sportsmens Assoc., Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, and the Mifflinburg F&AM Masonic Lodge #370. He was also a member of the Union Co. Sportsmens Club, and a past member of the Union Co. Historical Society and Mifflinburg Moose Lodge. He was a member of the Thomas Clapham American Legion Post 410 and the Zimmerman-Yoder Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1964 in Mifflinburg. He loyally served for more than 25 years as a member of the American Legion Post 410 Honor Guard for military funerals and parades. Jack will be especially missed by his many friends at the Legion Post.

Jack and his wife Judy spent much of their later years traveling and meeting people. They enjoyed shooting pool and playing cards with family. He especially enjoyed refinishing antique furniture and woodworking projects. Jack's sharp wit and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

Surviving are four sons and three daughters-in-law, Matthew C. Wagner, John C. Wagner and wife Angela, Alan C. Wagner and wife Karen, Eric N. Wagner and wife Patricia, all of Mifflinburg; six grandsons, Curtis and wife Casey, Spencer, Clark, Cooper, Reed, and Thomas Wagner; and one great-grandson, Chase Wagner. He is also survived by his sister, G. Lucille Wagner, of Mifflinburg; sister-in-law, Beverly Wagner, of Lewisburg; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Nelson, Ned and Wilbur; and sister, Nancy.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg, and from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 404 Market St., Mifflinburg, where the funeral service celebrating Jack's life will be held at 1 p.m. A Masonic service will be held after the service.

Interment will be in Hilltop Cemetery, Mifflinburg, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Evangelical Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Leave your condolences online at www.rouppfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 4, 2017
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