1948 - 2023
Robert Glenn Wagner, 74, passed away on July 17, 2023. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, as well as an active community member.
Robert was born November 7, 1948 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Marian and Eugene Wagner. He is survived by his wife Peggy; sons Justin and Kyle (along with their spouses Christine and Theresa); and grandchildren Samantha, Jack, Natalie, and Andrew.
In his childhood, Robert - called “Bob” by most - spent a summer taking a cross country roadtrip with his parents, and he would carry that love of travel and exploration throughout his life. He also loved sports; in high school, he was the point guard for the Ferndale High School basketball team and played on the golf team. Bob played basketball into his late-sixties, and he always made fitness and athletics a central part of his life - playing in any number of adult basketball, soccer, racketball, football, and golf leagues.
Bob attended Penn State University, where he received a bachelors in Physics. He was an active alumnus, serving as the head of the Penn State Alumni Association (Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter) and representing the school at high school college fairs throughout the region.
He moved to the Hudson Valley after college to take an engineering job with IBM. He would spend the entirety of his career with the company. IBM was also where he met the love of his life: Peggy. They were married in 1973 and enjoyed 50 years of marriage. The two traveled extensively and were always involved in various community projects. Before having kids of their own, Bob and Peggy were longrunning volunteers with the Special Olympics in the Hudson Valley.
Bob was a devoted father who developed a love of soccer, and he embraced coaching, watching, and shuttling his two boys to countless practices and games. Not ever content with staying on the sidelines, Bob jumped into volunteering with the LaGrange Youth Soccer club, where he was a long time board member and a founder of the first ever LaGrange Cup soccer tournament. He was instrumental in the club developing new playing fields at Stringham Park and was inducted into the East Hudson Youth Soccer Hall of Fame for his efforts. Thousands of children have played on those fields over the years. When his boys got older, Bob served as the President of the Arlington High School Booster Club. In 2019, he was inducted into the Arlington High School Hall of Fame.
Bob planned countless family adventures. Most notably, Bob - flanked by family members - attended every men’s soccer World Cup from 1994 to 2014, traveling throughout the world, and also attended the 2019 women’s soccer World Cup in France.
In addition to his family, Bob loved many things throughout his life: the Pittsburgh Steelers; sunrises in Myrtle Beach; pecan pie on Thanksgiving; the Arsenal FC; meticulously documenting family vacations with his camera; a clean shave; flying a two-seater Cessna; ice cream from the Penn State creamery; and rock music, just to name a few.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s well-lived life will take place on Monday, July 24th from 2:00 - 3:30 PM at Delehanty Funeral Home in Wappingers Falls, New York.
Monday, July 24
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Delehanty Funeral Home
64 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY
GRAVESIDE SERVICE & INURNMENT
Monday, July 24
St. Mary's Cemetery
19 Clinton Street, Wappingers Falls, NY