Max Reese Wagers, 85, of Topeka, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018.
Max was born July 28, 1932, in Stanberry, Missouri, the son of Ralph Truman and Lillie Mae (Reece) Wagers. He was a graduate of Stanberry High School. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.
Max was employed by the JC Penney Company for 42 years. He began his career working in the Stanberry, Missouri store from 1950-1956; he worked in the Crete, Nebraska store from 1956-1958 and in the Junction City, Kansas store from 1958-1961. In 1961 Max & Georgia moved their family to Topeka, Kansas, where Max worked in the downtown JC Penney store, the White Lakes JCP store, and the Westridge Mall JCP store. Max retired in 1993.
He was a member of the Countryside United Methodist Church; Orient Masonic Lodge No. 51 AF & AM, Topeka Scottish Rite, Arab Shrine all of Topeka; Swanton VFW Post No. 778 and American Legion Post No. 251, both in Swanton, Nebraska. He was an active leader in Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 7 for a number of years while his sons were members. He enjoyed traveling, serving as a “Hospital Dad” and then a Greeter with the Arab Shrine, and spending time with his family.
Max married Georgia Ann Bicek on March 9, 1958 in Crete, Nebraska. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Chris (Kris) Wagers, Topeka and Curtis (Connie) Wagers of Paxico, KS; five grandchildren, Keith Wagers and Kelsey (Nic) Papps, Zachary (Lindsey) Wagers, Ashley Wagers and Shane (Gina) Wagers; eight great-grandchildren, Konner, Tagen, Oliver, Paxton, Sawyer, Matthew, Finn and Eleanor; a sister, Susie Gerringer, Del Rio, TX; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jack and Rex Wagers.
Honoring Max’s request, cremation is planned. A graveside memorial ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 4700 SW 17th Street, Topeka. Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Chance Animal Refuge Society in memory of Max Wagers, P.O. Box 22, Auburn, KS 66402.
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