C1(SS) J0HN C. WAGNER
(Big John) age 85 of Groton passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Fairview in Groton.
He was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 27, 1933 the son of Ralph D. and Esther Clift Denison Wagner. He was married to Alma Dorothy St. Mary who predeceased him May 5, 1964.
He attended the former Bulkeley School in New London from 1947 to 1949 and graduated from Robert E. Fitch High School in Groton in 1951.
John was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and had worked at Electric Boat Company retiring in 1992 as a design supervisor.
He was a life member of the Subvets, Groton Sportsmen’s Club and the Groton Lodge of Elks and he was a member of the Mystic VFW Post as well as the Stonington American Legion Post.
John is survived by his son, Ralph C. Wagner and wife Denise of Enfield, his daughters, Patricia Ann Wagner and Linda Jean Wagner both of Groton and a granddaughter, Rashel Wagner. He was predeceased by his siblings, Robert Wagner, Mollie Turgeon, Martha Jane Parker and Marion Burroughs.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St. Interment with Military Honors will be in Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic. The family will meet relatives and friends from 10 until the time of the service on Tuesday. Donations in his memory may be directed to the Bulkeley Alumni-Harold J. Arkava Scholarship Fund, 68 Federal St, New London, CT 06320 or the SubVets Scholarship Fund, 86 School St, Groton, CT 06340.