Charles “Charley” Raymond Wagner
Charles “Charley” Raymond
Wagner, 61, of Crump/Adamsville, TN, went home to his Lord on Thursday, Oct. 2nd,
2014 after a short battle with cancer.
Charley was born January
24, 1953 in Waupun, WI the son of Hale and Carolyn Druhot Wagner. Charley
attended Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, WI, graduated in 1971, and excelled at
soccer and swimming. He also appeared in drama productions, including “West
Side Story” and a student-written show, “Terracide”. He graduated from
UW-Madison and after various short-lived jobs, settled into working at his
father’s law office doing tax work. Charley was an accomplished musician,
teaching himself guitar at a young age. He played in various bands throughout
the years, including “The Frustration” in high school, The Bluegrass Survivors,
the Piper Road Spring Band and Turtle Creek Cajun Band. He also learned banjo
and mandolin over the years. He led music camps and participated in Bluegrass
festivals in northern Wisconsin, and spent time out east at the Pocono Environmental
Education Center (PEEC) near Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was a member of the SE
Wisconsin Bluegrass Association, jamming whenever a few could get together.
Charley was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling, enjoyed trips to Scotland and
the Holy Lands, as well as an epic canoe trip with his brother, Steve, in 1969
down the entire length of the Mississippi River. In recent years he took up
woodworking and created beautiful pens and salt and pepper grinders on his
lathe. On September 23, 2000, Charley married Kate Riefler at Waupun’s
Union-Congregational Church and they resided in Tennessee from around 2008
until his death.
Charley is survived by his
wife, Kate; sister, Amie (Alan) Clark; brother, Steve (Suzie) Wagner; step-daughter,
Christine (Jason) Wilson; step-granddaughter, Cheyenne Wilson and Shaina
Christian; step-great-grandchildren, Cameron and Lilith; nieces: Alana Clark,
and Elisabeth and Katie Wagner; nephew, Dr. Patrick (Kate) Wagner; aunt, Mary
(Madison) Wright; cousins: Tim Wagner, Bill and David Wright, Martha (John) Fennig,
and Sarah (George) French.
He was preceded in death
by his parents; his grandparents; uncles, Bob Druhot and Dr. William Wagner;
and cousin, Joseph Wagner.
A memorial service will be
held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home with
Rev. Jack Kraaz officiating. Friends and
relatives may call on the family on Saturday at the funeral home from 9 a.m.
until the time of service.
Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family. Please visit our website at
www.wernerharmsenfuneralhome.com for further information and to send