John P. Wagner

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John P. Wagner

November 11, 2017

John Peter Wagner, 83, died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2017 in the presence of his loving wife and children.
John attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, on an Evans scholarship and graduated with a degree in mathematics.
He dedicated his career to serving the health insurance industry, working as an actuary for many years at Blue Cross Blue Shield and retiring as vice president of actuarial services at Triple-S of Puerto Rico.
John led an active life; from a very young age he worked as a caddy and loved playing golf. He was an avid fisherman and especially loved early mornings on Lake Michigan spent salmon fishing. He was passionate about books, art, design and photography and enjoyed many aspects of the home-building and design process, evidenced by two beautiful homes in northern Michigan. As a born-and-bred Chicagoan, John was a longtime Chicago Bears fan and happily attended games (and tailgates) with his sons.
John is survived by his wife, Beth; five children, John Wagner (Lisa), Kathie Price (Todd), Sharon Kozlowski (Scott), Adrienne Wagner and Ian Wagner; seven grandchildren, Jaclyn and Jessica Wagner, Laura, Thomas and Megan Price and Matthew and Sarah Kozlowski; sister-in-law, Barbara Wagner; nephew, Dennis Wagner Jr. (Juli); and nieces, Karen Wagner and Christine Smith. He also leaves behind his beloved German shorthaired pointer, Zeus; and many treasured family members, friends and colleagues.
John was preceded in death by his father, John Wagner; his mother, Ann Wagner; his brother, Dennis Wagner; his father-in-law, Eugene Mrozinski; mother-in-law, Marie Mrozinski; and brother-in-law, Richard Cianek.
A funeral Mass honoring John will take place at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at St. Patrick Catholic, 630 S. West Silver Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49685. The Rev. Fr. Gregory McCallum will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Global Giving Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund. More information can be found at
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with John's family at
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on November 16, 2017
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