Charley Wagner

Date of Death: Oct 02, 2014
Charley Wagner
[highlight_text] [/highlight_text] Charles “Charley” Raymond Wagner, 61, of Crump/Adamsville, TN, went home to his Lord on Thursday, Oct. 2nd, 2014 after a short battle with cancer.


[leftcolumn] Charley was born January 24, 1953 in Waupun, WI the son of Hale and Carolyn Druhot Wagner. Charley attended Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, WI, graduated in 1971, and excelled at soccer and swimming. He also appeared in drama productions, including “West Side Story” and a student-written show, “Terracide”. He graduated from UW-Madison and after various short-lived jobs, settled into working at his father’s law office doing tax work. Charley was an accomplished musician, teaching himself guitar at a young age. He played in various bands throughout the years, including “The Frustration” in high school, The Bluegrass Survivors, the Piper Road Spring Band and Turtle Creek Cajun Band. He also learned banjo and mandolin over the years. He led music camps and participated in Bluegrass festivals in northern Wisconsin, and spent time out east at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) near Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was a member of the SE Wisconsin Bluegrass Association, jamming whenever a few could get together. Charley was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling, enjoyed trips to Scotland and the Holy Lands, as well as an epic canoe trip with his brother, Steve, in 1969 down the entire length of the Mississippi River. In recent years he took up woodworking and created beautiful pens and salt and pepper grinders on his lathe. On September 23, 2000, Charley married Kate Riefler at Waupun’s Union-Congregational Church and they resided in Tennessee from around 2008 until his death.

Charley is survived by his wife, Kate; sister, Amie (Alan) Clark; brother, Steve (Suzie) Wagner; step-daughter, Christine (Jason) Wilson; step-granddaughter, Cheyenne Wilson and Shaina Christian; step-great-grandchildren, Cameron and Lilith; nieces: Alana Clark, and Elisabeth and Katie Wagner; nephew, Dr. Patrick (Kate) Wagner; aunt, Mary (Madison) Wright; cousins: Tim Wagner, Bill and David Wright, Martha (John) Fennig, and Sarah (George) French.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; uncles, Bob Druhot and Dr. William Wagner; and cousin, Joseph Wagner.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home with Rev. Jack Kraaz officiating.



  1. Deni De Graff Says: October 11, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Dear Kate and Amie, So shocked and sorry to hear about Charley when Steve Andrews called to tell me yesterday. He and the family have always been so good to us. Mom loved him like a son. He helped her move down here to Arkansas and we had a good time then as well as visiting at your home in Waupun and at 4th of July festivities. I have kept up with him a bit on Facebook and he has emailed me a few times. So funny and talented. The world has lost a wonderful person. I don’t know how you folks will endure it. May your hearts find peace. I hope he didn’t suffer. Love, Deni

  2. Nancy Hall Says: October 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Alana and family just heard of your loss this morning. So very sorry for all of you. I enjoyed Charley’s Bluegrass concerts in Dodge Park he was so talented. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this sad time.

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