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Gus James Wagner

November 23, 1938 ~ September 7, 2021 (age 82)


Gus James Wagner, 82, of Peru, passed away at 12:19pm on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Dukes Memorial Hospital.

He was born on November 23, 1938 in Wyandotte, Michigan to Gus and Anna (Szatan) Wagner.  He married Dian Hoeppner on February 14, 1964, and she survives.  Gus retired from Conrail Railroad as a conductor.  He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM #67 in Peru.  He was an avid fisherman and deer hunter.

He is survived by his wife, their children: Kris (Rob) Thiel of Rensselaer, Jim (Linda) Kaufman of Peru, Steve (Lisa) Wagner of Peru, Tom (Suzy) Wagner of Peru, and Bridget (Scott) Butler of Denver; as well as 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are a brother Thomas Wagner of Amboy, a daughter-in-law Carolyn Kaufman of Peru, and his best animal friend, Zeke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Dan Kaufman, and a brother Gus Wagner Jr.

There will be no public service.

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