Wagner reaches century mark
THREE RIVERS — John Wagner Jr.’s secret to being 100 years old is “living that long.”
He reached that milestone on Nov. 4, when he celebrated with family and fellow residents at Bowman Place Senior Living. In addition, friends from First United Methodist Church held a card shower for him.
Born in Goshen, Ind., Wagner moved to Three Rivers when his father took a job in town. A graduate of Three Rivers High School, Wagner worked at Johnson Corporation where he was a purchasing agent for many years.
A golf aficionado, he caddied at Sauganash Golf Club while a teenager and later earned the title of club champion.
He married Paulyne Grant, the 1937 Miss Three Rivers, and had a son, Robert, who lives in Three Rivers. He also has two grandsons.
Wagner’s niece, Bette Gave, called him “the most wonderful uncle in the world.
“He’s always been there for us,” she said. “I love him to death.”
For Christmas she put a birdfeeder out near his window, and he delights in watching the birds and squirrels it attracts, she said.
Fellow Bowman Place resident Rev. Donna Miller called him “the most humble man I have ever met.
“I don’t think he knows any bad words,” she said.
Elena Meadows can be reached at 279-7488 ext. 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org.