Eugene R. Wagner

Eugene WagnerAge 85, passed away October 31, 2023.  He was born April 17, 1938, in Joliet, IL, to Lloyd and Dorothy (Warner) Wagner.  Eugene was a veteran, serving two tours in Vietnam and receiving an Expert Rifleman Badge and Sharp Shooter Badge.  He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 20 years, achieving the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.  Eugene loved watching hockey, football and baseball.  He also enjoyed puzzles, puzzle books, camping and going out to eat, and doing anything with his family.

Eugene was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Wagner in 2021, as well as 2 brothers, Robert (Julie) Wagner and William (Loy) Wagner.  Surviving are his children, Patrick Wagner and Brian (Pamela) Wagner; grandsons, Russell Bernheisel and Ryan (Lisa) Patten and 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kevin Joyce, Danny Wagner and Delwin Levasser; sisters, Ida Downs and Bonnie (Steve) Pattison; and many nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing, where his family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The Rite of Committal will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Eugene Wagner.  Online condolences may be left for his family at

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Leslie Jordan
November 2, 2023 at 9:08 pm

Sending loving thoughts and prayers to you Patrick. Remember the grief you are experiencing now will be replaced by all the wonderful memories you have of your Dad.
Leslie J

Rene' Gilbert
November 2, 2023 at 10:36 pm

I have such wonderful memories of Gene over the past few years. Loved hearing the stories of his courtship and marriage to his Mary, his life in the Marine Corps, his boys and life.
He was a good Catholic man and I truely loved my visits with him.
Patrick and Brian, your Dad was one in a million. Cherish your memories.

Ida Wagner-Downs
November 2, 2023 at 10:49 pm

I’m going to miss you. So glad we were able to talk on the phone recently. I knew you were missing your Dear Mary. She was waiting for you with open arms, know doubt about it. You told me not to be sad, I’m trying very hard not to be. I have to listen to brother! Still gonna miss you. Love Sis, Ida.

Betty Milbourn Fitzpatrick
November 4, 2023 at 9:06 am

I worked with both Mary & Gene at Lansing General for many years. Both were great co-workers & Gene especially made the 12 hour night shift more interesting. Lots of good memories.
May God bless & comfort your family always.

Bonnie Pattison
November 5, 2023 at 6:49 pm

I’m not looking forward to the final goodbye because I know that I will be seeing you again… I’m trying so hard to be brave and so proud like my Marine Brother. Steve and I are so glad that you were able to be part of our special day.. I’m very happy that you were able to give me away on my special day. I love you and will miss you so very much. Little sister Bonnie & Steve


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