Murrysville man remembered for time in Boy Scouts, love of family
When Edwin Wagner Jr. joined the Boy Scouts, he told his dad he was going to be a “lifer.”
And with the help of children and grandchildren, Wagner was able to spend more than 50 years in the organization, helping troops collect badges and guiding them toward Eagle Scout awards.
“My dad was one half of a badge away from Eagle Scout, and the only reason he didn’t make it was because he went into the Navy,” his daughter Susan Pekor said. “He said that he kept in touch with his Boy Scout troop for 10 or 11 years and, then, most of the people that he had friendships with were no longer there. He always kind of kept dabbling in the scouting thing. He always kept in touch with what was going on, what were the newer badges being introduced.”
And the Boy Scout tradition stayed in the family, with Pekor becoming a den leader for her son, who eventually went on to become an Eagle Scout, with Wagner helping her every chance he could get.
“My dad was so proud when he was able to obtain that goal … It meant a lot to him,” Pekor said, referencing her son.
Edwin M. Wagner Jr. of Murrysville died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at his home. He was 92.
Born in Forest Hills on Sept. 14, 1927, he was the son of Edwin M. Wagner Sr. and Helen M. Seng Wagner.
After returning from the Navy, Mr. Wagner pursued his late wife of 62 years, Regina Weitz Wagner, whom he met on a blind date. Together the couple had four children, including Pekor.
“He was a loving father,” she said. “He worked very hard during his lifetime and gave up much for his children. We always came first, he came last.”
Mr. Wagner worked as an auto parts salesman, eventually becoming the manager of two different stores. When he wasn’t working at his job, he was fixing people’s cars.
“He loved it,” Pekor said. “He used to paint cars on the side and fix people’s cars. I remember our garage in the house we mostly grew up in always looked like an auto parts store … We had all kinds of cars in the driveway waiting to be fixed.”
For Pekor, spending time at the beach — either Lake Erie or Geneva on the Lake in Ohio — were some of her best memories with her dad, who came up on the weekends after leaving work for the week.
“Building sandcastles,” Pekor said, remembering her favorite part of vacation. “We would build quite extensive sandcastles. We would find all kinds of stuff on the beach and incorporate it into our sandcastles.”
Pekor’s husband, Jim agreed, citing vacations spent at Deep Creek, Maryland.
In addition to Pekor, Mr. Wagner is survived by his children Carol Ann Kotchey, Lee Wagner and Richard Wagner and nine grandchildren.
Friends will be received 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hart Funeral Home, 3103 Lillian Ave., Murrysville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary’s Church, 5900 Kennedy Ave., Export. Interment will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park, 483 Athena Dr., Delmont.
Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter .