SOUTHPORT — Johann Wagner, 94 of Bolivia, NC passed away on February 6, 2023.
Johann Wagner was born in Sternenberg, Switzerland on March 18, 1928 to the late Johann and Cecile Wagner. Johann (Hans) began his apprenticeship at 16 with Brown Boveri in Zurich. He served in the Swiss Army ending his military career as First Lieutenant. As a field engineer, he traveled to many countries, and in 1958, met his beloved wife Doreen in Australia and soon thereafter moved to Laufenburg, Switzerland. Hans and Doreen later immigrated to the United States where they settled in Bridgewater, NJ and raised their three children.
Hans and Doreen had an active social life, enjoyed foreign travel to diverse places, including: New Zealand, Fiji, South America, Hong Kong, Egypt, Kenya, Russia and many extensive trips throughout Europe and Australia. After 50 years of service, Hans retired in 1992 as Senior Vice President from Asea Brown Boveri.
Hans and Doreen retired to River Run Plantation in Bolivia, NC where they built their dream home. Here Hans and Doreen enjoyed friends, traveling, and gardening. Hans became a Master Gardener doing his own landscaping, working tirelessly in his yard and flower beds and artfully crafting their beautiful property. Hans loved classical music, spoke four languages and was an avid reader, particularly world history. He was also known for his gourmet cooking and took great time and effort in preparing delicious meals for family and friends.
Hans was an active member of the River Run Association. Hans’ dedication to the community and his neighborhood was well-known throughout River Run for his knowledge and leadership. He served on River Run’s Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Ad hoc, Firewise, Waterfront, and ARC Committees. Hans’ dedication was visible to all, especially to his friends and family. He was an amazing man and a true gentleman. Hans was a devoted, loving husband and an amazing father and grandfather. He was loved dearly by all who knew him.
Hans is predeceased by the love of his life, Doreen Wagner in October 2019, his son Hans Wagner Jr. in March 2021, and two brothers, Richard Wagner and Edwin Wagner. Survivors include two daughters, Claire Werner and husband Edward of Silver Spring, MD, and Heidi Wagner Danis and husband Jay of Plattsburgh, NY; three grandchildren, Rachel Danis, Michael Danis, and Graeme Werner.
A Gathering of Friends and Family will be held Saturday, February 11, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peacock, Newnam & White Funeral Home in Southport, NC.
In memory of Johann Wagner, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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