William Chad Wagner, 51, Shawnee, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
William Chad Wagner, 51, Shawnee, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Nov. 9, 1967 in Fort Meade, Maryland and was an “Army Brat” who spent his childhood moving around with this family to various assignments, including two tours in Germany. This nurtured his love for travel and his ability to adapt in any situation.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bryce H. and Helen D. Wagner, Winchester, Kansas and his brother, Kevin L. Wagner, Bushton, Kansas.Chad graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1985. He attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration. Chad participated in ROTC at KU and was commissioned in the U.S. Army after graduation and stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served in Operation Desert Storm and was awarded a Bronze Star. Chad left the Army as a Captain in 1994 and went to work for the U.S. Army at Fort Leavenworth before joining the Corps of Engineers as a civilian in 1997. He subsequently has worked for the USDA and was most recently the Director of Policy and Oversight in NOAA’s (National Atmospheric and Oceanic Association) Acquisition and Grants Office.
Chad enjoyed all sports, especially watching and coaching those involving his two boys. He was also an avid Jayhawks fan. He was always there to lend a hand if someone needed it and enjoyed hunting and spending time with family and friends. He also had the ability to make a mean jar of pickles.
Chad is survived by the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Lisa (Schuler), his wife of 27 years, and his children, Matthew, 24, Prairie Village and Zach, 21, of the home. He is also survived by his brother, Bryce H. Wagner Jr., Polo, Missouri.
A visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Shawnee, Kansas on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with Rosary to follow. The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2019 at the church followed by burial at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to PanCan (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network),
1500 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, 5501 Monticello Rd. Shawnee, KS 66226.